Making it Work: Creating an Entryway in a Studio

Making it Work: Creating an Entryway in a Studio

Susie Nadler
Apr 9, 2010

There's bitter irony in the fact that designated entryway space is especially important in very small homes that lack any entryway at all. The entry is a way station where clutter and mess from outside can be sorted and organized, and in small homes, keeping clutter to a minimum is key. So what are some ways to create an entryway in a small space?

Even if your home is a studio where the door opens directly into the living space, you can create a "landing strip" that contains all the elements of a functional entryway, such as in the example above from Canadian House & Home (where they have a great gallery of entryway photos). Fashion a vignette along a wall that's adjacent to the door. The vignette might contain a narrow console table or bench; a mirror (with the added benefit of making your space feel larger); some storage for mail, keys, phone, and the like; possibly shoe storage and/or an ottoman or chair for sitting down to remove shoes; decorative elements that create a warm and inviting feeling as soon as you enter your home.

A few ways to define the area and separate it from your living space:

• Consider putting up a sheet of wallpaper or a large piece of framed fabric behind the landing strip itself. This will designate it as a separate space with a unique purpose.

• Create symmetry with your decorative elements. A collection of plates or grouped artwork hanging alongside the mirror in the first photo provide a nice frame that defines the space. You can also hang sconces to frame the area, or a pendant lamp that sheds light on the landing strip alone.

• Lay out a narrow rug or runner and line it up with the console table. This creates a kind of hallway even in the absence of walls.

The Apartment Therapy archives are full of small-space entryway inspiration. Here are a few posts to peruse:

Solution for Lack of Entryway
Freestanding Entryway Racks
10 Different Ways to Organize an Entryway
Flickr Finds: A Hardworking Entryway

(Images: Canadian House and Home)

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