How to Organize Your Entryway on Nearly Any Budget

 What to Do Before You Start

Set your goals. 
When planning an entryway project, consider the size and style of your home. Does the front door open into a large, dedicated foyer that offers lots of storage possibilities, or is your entryway smaller? Perhaps your home doesn’t have a dedicated front hall. The front door might open directly into the main living area, making it difficult to create a drop zone for jackets and bags.

When researching storage options, consider your decor and vision for the space. Browse photos on Houzz for ideas and create an ideabook of your favorite photos for inspiration.

I recommend that before you make any purchases, you measure your space carefully and look closely at the dimensions of the products you’re considering. I suggest incorporating storage that matches both your style and the needs of your household.
Leah Bolger Design
Be selective about what you store in your entryway. Think carefully about the items you want to keep in the entry. Most entryways have limited space, so be intentional about what’s stored there. An entryway is generally not meant to hold all the outerwear you own.

I recommend using the entryway to park one or two seasonal jackets or coats per family member. Backpacks, purses and other bags used on a daily basis can also be housed in this location. Limit your shoe storage to one or two pairs per person and consider reducing the number of hats to only those you wear often.
Kayne Designs
Basic Improvements

In the compact entryway shown here, storage was created by attaching two rows of hooks to the back wall for hanging jackets and bags. A wall-mounted coat rack with multiple hooks can perform the same function.

The narrow black shoe cabinet requires less square footage than other options because it’s designed to hold shoes vertically. Shoe storage cabinets are available in various sizes and styles and many are budget-friendly.

Pinnacle Mountain Homes
A freestanding coat tree is a budget-friendly alternative for homes without a hall closet. It takes up limited space and is perfect for hanging jackets, bags and even dog leashes.
Henley Design
A storage bench with baskets is useful for stashing shoes and backpacks. If you’re handy, you may want to hang a wall-mounted shelf with hooks and cubbies. Baskets can also be used for corralling keys, wallets hats and gloves.

Oak & Arrow Homes
If you’re hesitant to drill holes into your walls, a freestanding combination bench and coat rack might be the answer. This option is available at multiple price points from various retailers. Some may require a larger budget.

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Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to have an entryway closet. A freestanding shoe rack or shelving unit may help to keep shoes organized. Consider using baskets or bins to hold backpacks and miscellaneous items.

Purses and tote bags might hang from hooks attached to the back of the door. If you don’t want to put holes in your door, there are hooks available designed to hang over the top of a door.
Gregory Davies Photography
Midrange Solutions

A small hall closet might be customized to keep shoes from becoming a jumbled mess. Pullout shelves make it easy to find shoes and put them away without difficulty. You may need to work with a closet company to design and install a solution to fit your space.
Lisa Lev Design
Some retailers sell freestanding furniture pieces intended specifically for entryway storage. Modular pieces can be designed for your specific needs. The cost is generally less than built-in storage solutions.

Some of my clients repurpose vintage or antique furniture for entryway storage. An antique adds character to a home and is generally well-constructed using high-quality materials. Consider adding shelves, hooks or a hanging bar inside to make the piece more functional.

You may be able to find a used wardrobe or armoire at a more affordable price than something brand-new. Estate sales, moving sales and consignment stores are good sources for affordable vintage furniture. If you’re fortunate enough to have parents or grandparents nearby, they might be ready to pass on a family heirloom — especially if they’re thinking of downsizing in a few years.
Allison Ramsey Architects
Deluxe Improvements

The price tag of your project will increase if you install custom cabinetry designed to fit the specific dimensions of your home. Generally, a cabinetmaker and contractor are required for a project of this type. If budget isn’t a concern, you’ll have many style and finish options.

In addition, your cabinets can be designed to meet your unique storage needs. Keep in mind that drawers and custom features will add to the price. I recommend consulting an architect or a designer to learn more about your options. A home organizer can assist with designing your storage in a functional manner.

In some homes, the space under the stairs in the entryway can be opened up for cabinets and storage. Your home may have other underutilized space in your entryway that can be converted to storage. I recommend consulting with a designer or architect regarding your particular home.
Locale Design Build
If you have the square footage, you might be able to create a mudroom near a side or garage entrance. A contractor can install custom cabinets, benches, hooks and shelving to meet your needs.

Before you proceed, consider whether you want your belongings out in the open or behind closed doors. Some of my clients prefer to have jackets and backpacks hanging in the open from hooks so children can easily put their items away when they come into the house.
Wendy Mauro Design
Other clients dislike any visual clutter. If you fall into this category, think about installing cabinets with closed doors.

The entryway is the first impression guests have of your home. Regardless of your budget, your primary concern might be to keep this area tidy and clutter-free. And since this is usually a small space, it might be the perfect place to start a home organizing project.


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