Oh, the entryway! The first thing you see when you get home, the last space you walk through before you leave... and a magnet for jumbles of jackets and piles of dripping boots. Here are ten ways to ensure your entryway gives you a proper welcome home.
- Locker Room I was searching and searching for the perfect image of lockers used in a fabulous entryway, and it turns out I didn't need to look any further than my own backyard. In 2011, Apartment Therapy's A Bachelor Pad Landing Strip featured hooks, a message board, the essential bench, and the greatest orange lockers ever.
- All The Hooks If you have a large entryway (and perhaps a lack of closets), why not make room for all of your stylish jackets? This approach from Skona Hem magazine via High Street Market is particularly guest-friendly, since they won't have to ask where to put/find their things.
- Business Time Ooh, we could really use an entryway filing system to deal with bills, magazines, and outgoing mail, as well as the usual entryway paraphernalia. Teal & Lime put together a fantastic version using an old filing cabinet, a basket, a bulletin board, and a file holder.
- The Sweet Spot Many apartments don't have any sort of entryway at all, so a little space set aside for exits and entrances is essential. Design*Sponge featured a shelf just large enough to hold keys-wallet-sunglasses, and a wall full of art to welcome you home.
- Upcycle Young House Love converted IKEA's Retur recycling bins into entryway shoe storage — but they could easily hold gloves, leashes, and pocketbooks.
- Wine Crates This entryway from A Beautiful Mess is one of my favorites because it's modular. If you have any wine crates left over from making under-the-bed storage, use them to hold boots, umbrellas, outgoing mail, and more.
- Boots Under Bench I swear I've spent half the winter taking off and putting on boots. A bench is necessary for long lace-ups, and storing bulky boots like Real Simple did is super smart.
- 1 Bin + 2 Hooks I love Martha Stewart's idea of giving each member of the household a bin to hold hats, mittens, sunglasses, and so on, along with hooks on which to hang purses, backpacks, scarves, and umbrellas.
- The Right Height Teach little ones the joys of "A place for everything and everything in its place" with hooks just for them. Martha Stewart used custom-painted knobs, but any hooks would do.
- Notes and Quotes I can't abide chalkboard (with or without fingernails upon it), but I can appreciate how handy it is. I've seen it used well in many entryways, like this one from The Yellow Cape Cod, allowing household members to easily leave notes for each other.
(Image credits: A Bachelor Pad Landing Strip; Skona Hem via High Street Market; Teal & Lime; Design*Sponge; Young House Love; A Beautiful Mess; Real Simple; Martha Stewart; Martha Stewart; The Yellow Cape Cod)