If your entryway is anything like ours, it’s a magnet for piles of shoes, backpacks and unopened mail. Luckily, you can turn your entryway from cluttered mess to minimalist perfection with the right piece of furniture, a pop of color or even a hook or two. We’ve gathered up easy entryway decor ideas for small spaces and busy families, so you’re sure to find a makeover trick that will work for you. Hopefully, you’ll never have to scramble to find your kids’ shoes again.
We were amazed by all the organization tips and tricks crammed into blogger Courtnay's DIY mudroom makeover. While she's lucky enough to have a large space that she's packed with drawers and cubbies, those of us with smaller entryways can still use her clever ideas to makeover own spaces. We love her trick of using a wicker basket to hide away clutter and store charging phones. Hooks for coats and umbrellas, bins to catch gloves, and a streamlined entryway table complete the space. Head over to The Creek Line House to read all about it.
A Warm Welcome
The key ingredient to making over a small entryway space is storage in the form of hooks, baskets, or bins. Add a simple bench and a few decor items to set the tone for your space—like the perfect doormat or wall hanging—and your entryway makeover is complete. If you're looking for a modern farmhouse style for your entryway, check out this round wooden welcome sign. It pairs perfectly with hooks to hang bags and space-brightening plants. Pick up the sign from etsy.com seller Lucca Lu Creations, $50.
Tiny Console Table
An extra-narrow entryway can get an upgrade with a slim console table. Paired with a small mail organizer, a succulent and a hook or two, it's an easy entryway solution. We love that this sustainable pine wood piece can be ordered in different lengths or heights, so you can have a perfect piece that fits your space. Buy it on Etsy from seller 1919 Home Goods, from $90.
The beautiful floral carvings on the small Gulliver Entryway Cabinet set a perfect note for homes decorated with a bohemian flair. With three interior shelves—and doors to hide all that you store behind them—it's ready to hold shoes, stacks of mail or even the dog's leash. The beige piece pops against a bright background or, if you prefer, you can pick up the cabinet in navy blue with gold accents. If you're looking for more guidance for how to make the most of an entryway piece like this, check out these organization tips. Find the console table at anthropologie.com.
Affordable Midcentury Perfection
Looking to give a small entryway a makeover? Check out this clean-lined DIY cabinet. It's an affordable IKEA hack made out of a kitchen cabinet, ready to squeeze into a small space. Hide shoes, purses, or overdue library books behind the oak double doors. Head on over to First Sense Interiors for the step-by-step instruction to create your own.
Sometimes, all an entryway needs is a warm welcome. The Why Hello art print offers an enthusiastic greeting to everyone who walks in the door. When paired with a narrow console table and a big basket to hide all sorts of clutter, it makes for an easy entryway makeover. The print is available at iamfy.co for $16.
Crates for the Win
Create your own affordable entryway storage solution with budget-friendly crates, following in the footsteps of the DIY decor geniuses of A Beautiful Mess. We love that you can customize wooden wine crates with stain or paint. Here, they hold gardening tools and boots, but they can as easily be used to catch soccer cleats, library books and all sorts of kid gear. Find all the how-to, and take a closer look at the two boards, one with clips and the other with hooks, at A Beautiful Mess.
Uber Organized Entry
A double row of hooks—one at the just the right height for little arms and the other for big people—is the key to this simple, streamlined neutral entryway. We love the addition of a little chair that can hold a purse and a favorite dolly, and the stylish basket ready to gobble up and conceal shoes. Home organizing wizard Shira Gill offers up tips to give your entryway a makeover.
Bright on a Budget
The rainbow of colors that pops off of this gumball coat rack is an easy solution to your entryway problems. It's bright, fun, and affordable. Hang it over a simple bench or above a couple of shoe baskets, and you'll have a better-organized hallway in a snap. Buy it on Amazon.
Sunny Side Up
We love the way this yellow bench adds a bright pop of color and sets a welcoming tone for the whole house. Even better—this is a DIY bench so you can pick the color that goes best with your decor scheme, whether it's a deep blue or warm pink. A set of hooks hold essentials, and you can add on a basket or two to stash shoes. Get all the directions to make your own entryway light, bright and out of sight at Lovely Indeed.
Baskets Make Perfect
A slim console table above makes a drop zone for sunglasses and keys. Down below, a big basket waits to catch all sorts of goodies. Interior designer Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley uses the sturdy woven basket to hold her dog's leash, but you can also use the same technique for kids' shoes or other loose gear that makes your entryway chaotic.
A Build Your Own Adventure
This table offers double the storage than your standard entryway table. We love that there's room for two rows of baskets—enough for kids and parents to each have their own designated basket of stuff. Even more, we love that handy moms and dads can build one for themselves in an afternoon. Head on over to A Beautiful Mess for the plans and list of supplies.
The All In One Solution
If you're not in the mood to DIY, you can buy an all-in-one entryway piece. Here's a shoe rack, set of double hooks, and a bench that comes in one single unit in a neutral black iron frame and sandalwood combo. With a few clicks, you'll be on your way to a solution to your entryway problems. Buy it at eBay.
Hook Me Up
A peaceful blue wall beckons you inside the entrance to this Maine home. Designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects, this entryway shows how a coat of paint can give an entryway an easy makeover. We love the array of artful birch hooks ready to hold hats, scarves and coats, with enough spots for all the kids and their friends.