5 Ways to Eke an Entryway Out of Almost No Space at All

published Oct 10, 2016
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Sure, it’s easy to make a functioning entryway if your home has a space specifically dedicated to the art of entering, and if that space is enormous. But if you’re living in an apartment or a house with a tiny entry foyer, or none at all, finding a space to stash your coats and shoes and keys and bags can be quite a bit more challenging. Challenging, but not impossible. Here are five strategies for eking an entryway (or entry spot) out of almost no space at all.

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Not all of these have all the components that Maxwell recommends for a working landing strip… but the video is worth watching again, just to give you some ideas about what an entryway should be and how you want yours to function.

The one up top, from Dezeen, is little more than a spot to stash mail and keys, but this could be an important step in controlling the amount of clutter that gets into your home. The shelf above the radiator is an especially clever touch. A narrow wall-mounted shelf (or even a picture ledge) can hold mail and keys in even the smallest of entryways. With hooks underneath, it can hold bags and jackets, too.

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This tiny entry from Homebook centers around a single IKEA Trones cabinet. These super-handy wall-mounted cabinets can conceal a couple of pairs of shoes each, and the top can serve as a shelf and catchall for sundry items. The mirror and wall hooks make this little entryway nook even more useful.

(Image credit: Ellos)

Even if you don’t have the option of mounting anything to the wall, you can create an instant entryway with a bar cart. Image from Ellos.

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This lovely dark entryway spotted on Design Milk makes use of an Eames Hang-It-All—a humble and hardworking classic that’s great for hanging well, pretty much anything.

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This little spot, from Australian magazine Est, combines wall-mounted cabinets, a couple of wall-mounted shelves, and a mirror for an entryway that manages to be both useful and nice to look at—while hardly taking up any space at all.

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