Ready to make your place even better than it already is? Here are seven functional entryway ideas for your apartment. You’re going to love them!
The smaller your apartment, the trickier it can be to define and designate spaces for specific things. And over and over, we see people neglecting their entryways.
Just because you don’t have a mudroom or a huge foyer doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a small entryway space. Even if you live in a small studio, there are things you can do to make the space just inside your front door look and feel more functional.
Ready to make your place even better than it already is? Here are seven functional entryway ideas for your apartment.
1. Add a Catchall for Wallets, Sunglasses, and Keys
Everyone needs a catchall by the door. With a flat tray or a small storage bin near your entryway, you’ll always have a convenient place to stash your wallet, sunglasses, keys, and other things you take with you when you leave the house.
Set up a basket or tray on a small side table just inside the door. If you don’t have room for a table, mount a floating shelf to the wall instead. It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be big enough to hold a tray for those small essentials.
2. Add a Bench or Stool
Unless you like people walking through your apartment with wet, muddy shoes, it’s always best to have a bench or stool by the door. That way, you’ll have no excuse but to sit and remove your shoes when you enter from outside.
You can make a seat even more functional by placing a storage box or a boot tray underneath. That’s the perfect place to store your shoes when you take them off, at least until you have a chance to put them away in your closet.
3. Mount a Coat Hook
A coat hook is the easiest way to turn a small wall into a functioning space.
If you live alone, you can get away with hanging a single or a double hook. If you live with roommates or family, hang a plaque with multiple hooks so that everyone has a designated space for their coat or jacket.
Coat hooks are great for hanging other items as well. You can use them to hold hats, scarves, umbrellas, dog leashes, and all sorts of items that you only use when you’re outside.
4. Buy a Console Table
Console tables come in different shapes and sizes, so it’s easy to find one to fit up against a wall, even in a small space. Tall, short, small, or slender, a console table can make a huge difference in your entryway.
Because it can serve as storage for all sorts of different items.
On top of your console table, place a bin to hold mail. Add a catchall to hold your sunglasses and wallet. Top it with a bowl to hold your keys or loose change.
Some console tables come with drawers, which are perfect for holding other small items like spare keys and dog leashes.
You can also use the top of a console table to hold decorative items, including books, frames, and flower vases.
5. Hang a Mirror
You should always give yourself a last glance before you leave the house, so if there’s one item in your entryway, let it be a mirror!
The best part about adding a mirror to your entryway is that it doesn’t take up any space. Plus, mirrors serve a double purpose because they can actually make a small area feel even larger.
Hang your mirror over your bench or over your console table to make your entryway look and feel even more purposeful and functional.
6. Get Some Storage Bins
It’s essential to have a few storage bins near the door, and they don’t all need to be the same size. In fact, it’s best to designate different storage bins for different things.
Get a small bin for mail. It’s the best way to keep envelopes and junk mail contained in one neat space until you have the time to review it.
It’s also a good idea to have a slender bin to hold umbrellas and a large bin to hold shoes. The more people that live in your apartment, the bigger you’ll need your shoe bin to be. And if you’ve already set up your entryway with a bench for seating, you can easily stash your shoe bins underneath.
If you have the space, incorporate a few smaller bins into the mix to hold outdoor gear, such as gloves, hats, and scarves.
Having a storage system at your front door means that your outdoor gear will never have to make its way into your living room or bedroom. And that means you’ll have a neater home without shoes, coats, and accessories strewn about the house.
7. Add a Rug
The key to creating a functional and stylish entryway is to set it apart from the rest of your apartment. And you can do that by simply adding a rug.
A rug, even a small one, is a great way to add color, personality, and style to your entryway. We recommend buying a durable one that you can use to wipe your feet when you cross your threshold.
Position it at the front door or place it in front of your bench or stool so that you can protect your floors when you sit down to remove your shoes.
A few small items can take your entryway from nonexistent to ultra-functional. No matter how limited you are on space, there are easy ways to make your entryway feel like a separate part of the home:
- Add a catchall for wallets and keys
- Add a bench or stool so you have a place to sit to remove your shoes
- Add a wall hook to hang coats and jackets
- Add a console table to hold your catchall and decorative items
- Hang a mirror to make the space appear larger
- Invest in storage bins to hold mail, umbrellas, and outdoor accessories
- Buy a rug to add color and style
Even if you live in a small studio apartment, having these items in your entryway can make your apartment feel more like home.
Caitlin Sinclair is the property manager at The Eleanor, a luxury apartment community in Milpitas, CA.