Not having a proper entryway in your home can be hard. If you don't have a tidy spot to take off your shoes and hang your jacket, then the clutter seems to build up in a finger snap. But just because you don't have the proper nook to toss your keys doesn't mean you can't create one. Ahead are examples on how to make the most of a tiny entryway, using everything from ingenious storage items designed especially for cramped nooks, to clever DIYs that will let you problem solve the cramped vibe of your foyer. Prepare to create a home for your keys and mail, because you will want to copy these examples immediately!
1. Carve Out A Nook With A Small Dresser
If you don't actually have an entryway, you can create one by carving out a nook with a cabinet or small dresser. This can act as storage space, which you can then decorate with plants, frames, and hooks.
2. Use Shelves
Another simple way to etch out an entryway is to invest in a wooden shelf with coat hooks underneath to store your jackets and bags, and top it off with a circular mirror to make the small space feel bigger.
3. Make It Stand Out
Another great way to make your tiny entryway feel bigger is to make it stand out. Here Modern Sanctuary added texture to her nook by installing diagonal wooden slats to create texture, then painted it a dark hue to have it pop against the rest of the white walls. This could have just been another small foyer, but is now a standout piece in the house.
4. Wedge In A Chair
If your space allows for it, you can wedge in a small chair to help you put on your shoes or to hastily throw your coats over. This entryway works because there is a shelf and mirror to add style, a functioning coat hook from Rejuvenation right underneath, and a small rug to make it feel like a purposeful "station" where you put your shoes on and toss your keys.
5. Go to the Dark Side
Usually we think that dark colors will make a small space feel even smaller, but when juxtaposed with crisp white walls it helps the area pop. Here RTG Designs used black tiled floors and painted their door black to add some style to the small hallway.
6. Use Flat Storage Space
If you don't have the room for bulky cabinets, use flat storage instead. Here Lemon Thistle took it a step further by creating built-in shoe storage drawers in her entryway, where she cut some holes in the drywall to make them sit flat against the wall. If you want to try it yourself, she made a DIY post on how to achieve the look.
7. Buy A Storage Nook
Or if you don't want to bother with power drills and saws, you can always buy a storage nook, like this stylish (and affordable!) one from Urban Outfitters.
Re-edited from a post originally published 7.8.15