5 Essentials for a Functional Entryway - even if it's small

Entryways to our homes create one of two immediate feelings: welcoming and peaceful, or cluttered and chaotic.

One of the biggest problems I see a lot of clients and friends struggling with is a small entryway with little room to organize and store stuff. The family ends up tripping over shoes and jackets and getting irritated every time they enter their tiny cluttered space. That's not the way our homes should greet us!

So I've come up with the 5 essentials that will get you out of Crazytown and into Happyland - whether you have a tiny non-entryway or a cavernous mudroom. 

5 Essentials for a Functional Entryway, no matter how small

1. A small table or shelf with a bowl or basket on top.

A surface area to throw down your phone, keys, mail, and anything else you might be lugging in or need to find quickly on your way out is key to an organized entry. Having a dedicated place for all of these things instead of having them fall onto the floor will keep you from losing them and your mind. But don't just throw them on top of a shelf willy-nilly. Keep a pretty bowl or small basket or tray on top to keep them neatly corralled. 

2. A stool, chair or small bench.

You'll be thankful to have a place to perch when you're trying to get on those high heels or lace-up boots. If you have a tiny space for an entry, just use a little stump stool, like the one I had in my condo. 

small condo entryway

3. Hooks.

Hooks are a lifesaver for a quick place to hang up bags, coats and dog leashes. Make sure to have plenty, low and high. 

4. Large baskets or bins or crates.

Baskets and bins provide tidy places to store scarves, mittens, flip flops, etc. where you can easily find them but can't see them out in the open. They're a must. I use them on the floor for shoes and smaller ones up high for mittens, scarves, hats, and the like.

5 essentials for an organized and functional entryway

5. A mirror.

A mirror not only opens up the space visually but also saves time by being able to do the once-over when you're heading out the door, without having to go back into a room after you've put your shoes on.

5 essentials for a functional entryway and simpler life

Take a look at these inspiring entryways for ideas to make your own more functional. Click photos for sources.

Modern Jane

Modern Jane

In the New House Designs

In the New House Designs

How to Nest for Less

How to Nest for Less

Style at Home

Style at Home

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Entrance Makleri

Entrance Makleri

BHG

BHG

BHG

BHG

Hope these tips give you an idea of where to start in your entryway. Even just adding a few hooks and a pretty bowl will help. Happy refreshing.

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.