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Not everyone is blessed with the ideal entryway set up but never fear, there’s always a way to make even the smallest one more functional. Whether the concern is corralling the clutter, adding storage or simply making it more stylish, there are lot of options for making the most of your entryway — or even creating the function when it doesn’t even exist! take a look at these 10 solutions for making or creating an entryway that meets your needs and does so with style.
One of the most common issues with an entryway is a lack of space or closets. One of the most basic functions this area has to perform is to provide a place to hang coats and jackets. If there’s no closet, make the wall behind the door a feature wall with a covering or coat of paint and then use different sizes of a unique hanger style so that coats, hats and bags can be hung there.
Another great solution in the entryway is the cupboard that has been sawed off and mounted to the wall, using only the front legs. There’s no way you could fit a full-size cabinet in such a modest entryway but this novel option provides some hidden storage space without taking up much of the footprint or interfering with the opening of the front door. It even leaves room for a small stool!
If your home or apartment doesn’t; even have an entryway at all, get creative and extend your drop zone area. Can you install some coat hooks around the corner from the door, or is there room for a piece that combines seating, hooks and storage? Thinking outside the immediate box of the front door can open up some new possibilities for stylish ways to add function to the space where your front door is located.
Most people use the front closet as a traditional coat closet, but reimagining the storage space inside can really make it more functional for specific family needs. Adding stacked shoe racks or storage for sports equipment can help manage kid-clutter. Also, if most family members wear jackets and not long coats on a regular basis, then doubling up hanging space on one side of the closet and using the other for shelving or other storage can really amp up the usefulness of a closet.
Storage bins are one of the most versatile things for stashing things away in the family drop zone. Of course, most of the samples you see are rather rustic or traditional, but this shows that there are definitely modern styles available. Because there’s a large closet near the door, hooks or other coat storage is not needed right by the door, so these bins are the most streamlined option.
Whether or not space is tight, combining seating and storage is always a good idea for a one-two punch of efficiency in the entryway. This traditional bench has two shelves for shoes underneath, but it could also be used with shallow bins on the upper shelf. If you prefer bin storage, there are lots of storage benches with built-in cubbies that come with bins. Or, for an even cleaner look, opt for a bench that opens up so you can stash coats, hats or other items and just close the lid. If there’s not enough room for a long bench like this one, opt for an ottoman with concealed storage for a little extra hiding space.
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