16 Small Entryway Ideas for a Grand Entrance, No Matter the Size

updated Jun 3, 2022
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A well-organized entryway, with zones for keys, mail, shoes, and outerwear, is a boon to any home. But even if your place lacks a decently sized formal greeting spot without even a coat closet, you can still carve out a transition area that will provide some simple storage along with a well-decorated hallway and entry point. 

Below, some small entryway ideas we love to get you started.

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1. Tiny Accent Wall

Spruce up a small entryway by painting an accent wall to set your storage apart from the rest of the space. We love this peaceful green hue by @theredbrickranch

2. Cube Storage

@Designingthedillons came up with a clever small entryway idea: she used a small cube storage system to corral clutter and hide it neatly away. We love this unit, which features mid century modern gold legs and a match-with-anything gray hue. 

3. Mirror With a Shelf

No space at all for a console table without bumping it every time you walk in the door? Consider a mirror with a ledge, like the one @studioduggan chose. This is one of the most clever small entryway ideas we’ve seen; such a cute way to store small things like keys or a clutch purse. 

Credit: @lobrowning

4. See-Through Console Table

When you’re working with a small space, a clear piece of furniture allows for maximum design possibility without looking cluttered or overdone. The console table @lobrowning used for her space is actually pretty sizable, allowing her to add two large baskets underneath for added storage. 

Credit: Lula Poggi

5. Buckets for Storage

Whether you’re looking for small entryway ideas, or your space is sizable but doesn’t lend itself to much in the way of furniture, you could always opt to simply add a chair and a bucket underneath, like this Barcelona home has.

Credit: Erin Derby

6. Locker Love

If your entryway is just large enough for a bit of storage, you could kick it old school and set up a locker to keep shoes and other items that can pile up. The one shown in this Brooklyn apartment boasts plenty of room for the whole family’s shoes. 

Credit: Sherri Copeland

7. Tiny Table

An entryway doesn’t have to be fancy to be functional. And the barely-there table in this Georgia home definitely gets it right. There’s just enough space on this tiny, multi-level table for the essentials, like a basket for scarves and hats, keys and a table lamp. 

Credit: Kris Ladera

8. Vertical Storage

This vertically oriented wall storage cube in a Houston home gives just enough space for entryway essentials like a mail basket, a place to stow keys and possibly even an umbrella. Small entryway ideas that keep your items up and out of the way are key to avoid tripping over clutter every time you enter and leave your home. 

Credit: Minette Hand

9. Antique Table

If you’re looking for small entryway ideas, opt for a statement piece that’s anything but boring. The antique table in this Savannah, Georgia home is absolutely perfect for the space. 

10. Charming brass hooks

Apart from the gorgeous sage green paint and botanical wallpaper, this charming entryway pops with animal brass hooks. They add to its whimsical feel while offering storage for jackets, hats, and bags.

11. Bench and baskets

Between the unique vintage bench and hanging baskets, we can’t get enough of this renovated entryway. It offers a much-needed opportunity for putting on your shoes and hanging your jackets and accessories.

Credit: Hana Sethi

12. Decorated Door

If you truly have no entryway at all, then work with what you’ve got. This  DIY geometric-print door is an awesome way to make a statement. And then you can make the space more welcoming with leafy green plants housed in beautiful pots.

(Image credit: Sylvie Li)

13. Wall Mounted

When in doubt, wall mount. In this modern entryway, a basic IKEA Besta unit offers both closed storage and an open surface for keeping mail and small items like keys. Since it doesn’t rest on the floor, there’s also room underneath for things like shoes. It looks beautiful untouched in this minimalist entryway, but you can also add a wood or marble top — or swap out the doors — to make it look more custom.

14. Pegs and a bench

This brightened entryway looks so put together thanks to pegs for hanging accessories and a beautiful leather bench. The addition of a rug ups the cozy factor bigtime. 

15. Mail Carrier

Even if you aren’t working with a lot of space, having a proper place to put your mail is crucial to organizing both your life and entryway. An acrylic tray table provides enough room for a letter tray or two. Now you’ll be sure to remember your electric bill and maybe even your sunglasses.

(Image credit: Heather Keeling)

16. A Variety of Hooks

The simple dowel-style coat hook is taken to the next level in this Paris apartment designed by Kalb Lempereur. The combination of big and small hooks doubles as décor while housing your accessories. What an affordable solution.