Our small home entryway was one of the first design challenges that we tackled when we bought this house. The front door opened directly into the main living space! This is a common problem in a lot of older houses so we had to get creative to create a separate entryway in a small home.
There was an awkward closet in the middle of the space, a tiny area of linoleum to step onto, zero hooks or storage and check out that pink carpet!!
Whenever anyone would come in the front door, hot or cold air would come rushing into the living room along with snow, dirt etc…So we built a half-wall to separate the entry space from the living room without making either space feel too closed off (and demolished that hideous closet)!
A row of large black iron hooks provide plenty of space to hang jackets, scarves, etc.. A smaller row of colorful hooks allow kids to hang their jackets and backpacks up as well!
Large storage baskets provide storage for hats, mitts, mail etc…
And a narrow bench allows you to sit down to put on your shoes! But it’s freestanding so it can be moved if there are lots of guests coming over or you need to move something large in or out of the house.
The half-wall contains built-in storage for extra shoes, boots, hat and mitts etc… so that not everything is out on display. I used English style curtains to disguise the clutter. These ones are a DIY made from ticking fabric and hung on Ikea FINTORP rails!
This small home entryway was our only entrance for almost 10 years! Even though there is no coat closet we found it to be functional and uncluttered.
We’ve now put a mudroom addition on the house and this has become our guest entrance! You can check out details on our mudroom here for more entryway inspo:
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