Your entryway is the first impression visitors get of your house. It’s a nice buffer to have so people don’t instantly step into your living room or dining area, but it can also be a handicap if it’s small, crowded, or dimly lit. Homeowners often wonder what the best utilization of an entry area is. What do you do with shoes? How should you handle coats? Here are some ideas for making the most of a small entryway.
Have A Designated Shoe Area
The first thing people tend to do when they enter a home that is not their own is to take off their shoes. This often results in a mish mash shoe pile up where everyone’s shoes get mixed with everyone else’s and no one can find both of their own shoes when it’s time to go. One option to solve this is to have a shoe cubby space right beside the front door. The cubbies are built big enough for one pair of shoes each and they won’t be strewn across the floor. If the cubby space is no taller than knee-high, it can also be used as a bench for people to sit on as they don their shoes, rather than hopping around the room or using a neighbor for support.
Mount A Coat Rack
The next thing people do when they arrive is to take off their coats, if they’re wearing any. Similar to the shoe problem, a lack of someplace to put their coats results in a pile of coats that must be sifted through before the proper one can be located. A coat rack keeps nice coats from getting wrinkled and gives guests someplace to put them besides the arm of a chair or piled on a bed.
Coat racks might come built into a larger drawer system with bench and shelves, you can mount a board with hooks beside the door, or you can put hooks right into the wall. The decision you make should depend on how useful the hooks might be to you and how best you can match the style of the rest of the house.
If you’d like a more elegant front entry but have little space, consider mounting a large mirror over a bench or shelving system. The mirror will make the space seem larger and the bench can be decorative, functional, or both. Paint with light colors to refract the natural or artificial overhead light. Chandeliers make a nice touch to any entry, but if there isn’t room, pendant lighting is another elegant option and you can place several in order to introduce light in all the dark corners.
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