25 Clever Home Entryway Ideas to Welcome You or Guests

Tell all ya friends and neighbors!

Our entryway has had several iterations.

When we first moved in there was a giant wall separating the living room and entryway so I tried this tee-tiny lil’ drop zone thing.

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Then with the opening a little larger, I added a gallery wall there that stayed until we opened it up completely and renovated our kitchen.

If you’re looking for ways to refresh your own entryway, here are some ideas to inspire you!

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Built-In Bench with Storage

entryway bench with storage and painting above it

A built-in bench provides a cozy spot to sit while offering ample storage underneath for shoes, bags, or sports gear when the season hits.

Floating Shelves for Decor and Keys

floating shelves in an entryway with baskets and decor on the shelves

Floating shelves add a modern touch and are perfect for displaying decor or keeping your keys handy.

Wall-Mounted Coat Rack

wall hanging coat rack with 2 coats hanging on it by a back door

If you’re short on floor space, try a wall-mounted coat rack that’s both practical and stylish.

Shoe Cabinet with Seating

built in shoe cabinet with bench to sit on and cushion in home entryway

Combine seating and storage with a shoe cabinet that has a cushioned top for sitting to change your shoes a la Mr. Rogers style.

Multi-Purpose Console Table

brown antique dresser with lamp and plant on it with serene painting behind it on the wall

A console table with drawers and shelves can hold mail, keys, and decorative items.

This is also a great chance to repurpose a dresser or another piece of furniture that you have either around the home or maybe inherited from a loved one.

Vertical Garden Wall

greenery wall in entryway of a home

Bring greenery indoors with a vertical garden wall that adds life to your entryway.

Psst. It’s also okay to make this a faux greenery wall so you don’t have to worry about watering your…wall. Because that feels weird.

Vintage Hall Tree

vintage hall tree in the entryway of a home with a coat in it and a faux plant in a basket beside it

A vintage hall tree offers hooks for coats, a bench for sitting, and storage underneath.

You can scour estate sales or a Goodwill or you can have the vintage look by getting one like this from Pottery Barn.

Round or Arched Mirror

console table with round mirror and woven baskets underneath

A mirror serves dual purposes by providing a spot to check your look and reflect any natural light to brighten up the space.

Sliding Barn Door Closet

sliding barn door in entryway of a home with coats hanging in the closet

We love a barn door here. We have used them in severl of our flips and even showed you lovely people how to DIY your own barn door!

Install a sliding barn door for a rustic touch that conceals storage space behind it.

Mail and Key Organizer

wood drop zone for keys and mail in an entryway of a home

If open shelves aren’t your thing, get your mail and keys organized with a dedicated wall-mounted organizer in a mini command center.

Rustic Wooden Bench

rustic bench in an entryway of a home with a large blue abstract painting

A rustic wooden bench adds charm and offers a place to sit or display decor.

Compact Mudroom Locker

built in mudroom lockers with hats hanging in and built in bench for seating

Turn a small space into a mini mudroom with a compact locker for coats, shoes, and bags.

Pegboard Wall Organizer

pegboard in the entryway of a home with a hat hanging on it and a bag

I used a pegboard in Charlotte’s nursery way before this blog existed, but it was something I used for storage every single day.

Try using a pegboard to create a customizable storage solution for various entryway items.

Accent Wall with Wallpaper

round mirror over a console table with a wallpaper accent wall behind the table

Add a pop of color and pattern to your entryway with an accent wall featuring wallpaper.

Chalkboard Wall for Notes

chalkboard wall in the entryway of a home

Paint a section of the wall with chalkboard paint for a fun and functional note-taking area or make fun reminders for the entire fam!

Boot Tray and Shoe Mat

green wall with boot tray in front of it and a few pairs of boots lined up

Keep your entryway clean with a boot tray and shoe mat to catch dirt and moisture, especially on those snowy or rainy days.

Woven Basket Storage

console table with a large woven basket on the bottom and a lamp with a plant up top in front of a white wall in the entryway of a home

Woven baskets add texture and provide hidden storage for shoes, backpacks, extra toys laying around and more.

Geometric Wall Shelves

triangle geometric wall shelves hanging in the entryway of a home

Geometric wall shelves offer a unique way to display decor and small plants in your entryway, making it an automatically warm and inviting space.

Glass Display Cabinet

arched wood and glass cabinet in the entryway of a home

A glass display cabinet adds sophistication while providing storage for decorative items.

Industrial Pipe Coat Rack

industrial pipe coat rack hanging in the entryway of a home with a bench underneath to sit and take your shoes off

If rustic is your vibe, an industrial pipe coat rack brings an edgy look and offers sturdy hanging space.

Hidden Shoe Storage Bench

built in seat with storage underneath with pillows on top and a small window

A bench with hidden shoe storage keeps your entryway tidy and clutter-free. A win win!

Built-In Bookcase

arched built in bookcase in the stairs with white vertical shiplap walls

Say less. Y’all know I’m never going to turn in some built in bookcases!

Incorporate a built-in bookcase for a place to store books, decor, and entryway essentials.

Entryway Gallery Wall

antique dresser and a gallery wall going up the stairs of a home entryway

Create a gallery wall with framed artwork or photos to make a personalized statement.

Remember that you also don’t just have to do pictures – any kind of art pieces, fun trinkets or even something random like hilarious cross stitch patterns to show you and your family’s personality!

Ladder Shelf for Storage

ladder shelf with decor items on it in the entryway of a home

A ladder shelf provides vertical storage and can display decor or keep essentials within reach.

Foldable Wall Desk

built in wall desk in the entryway of a home with a small stool tucked out of the way

A foldable wall desk is perfect for small entryways, providing a workspace that can be tucked away.

Hopefully, these clever home entryway ideas will inspire you to create a welcoming and functional space as soon as you walk through the door.

Remember that your entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home! Feel free to let your personality shine all the way through.

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