15 Fresh Ideas for Small Entryways

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Let's face it, we don't all live in mansions with large entryways or mud rooms. So sometimes it takes some very creative thinking to carve out a stylish landing zone for your keys, mail, shoes, purse, etc. Our 1960's home has a really small entryway and it's been quite a challenge to make it functional while keeping it pretty. (To see more of this space go HERE)

Need some ideas for your small entryway? Then keep reading because I'm sharing some beautiful small entryways with wonderful ideas for storage and decor.

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When your belongings have a home, they're much more likely to be put away. And while there are many items that could be useful in small entryways, the following items are always helpful for keeping them organized, tidy, and looking good:

Here are some of my favorite organized and stylish small entryways from the web. I'll bet you can find great tips for your small entry in these spaces. Let me know what your favorite idea is!

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This rustic table with drawers makes a wonderful landing spot next to the front door. The shelf underneath is ideal for stashing bags and bins. The greenery adds a nice fresh look to the space. And a mirror is always a good idea here so you can check your hair on the way out the door!

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Even though this space doesn't appear to be a designated entry, everything you would need is here - hooks for bags and hats, a tray for mail and keys, and a basket to catch umbrellas and rain boots. The cabinet could be used to store hats, gloves, scarves, and other things you might need as you head out the door. 

This landing space is small in square footage but is HUGE on style. That mirror...I think I'm in love! It makes the space seem much larger than it actually is. The rug and the barrel with the canes and flags are amazing as well. And there's just the right amount of space underneath the table for shoes and boots.


This tiny space is a nice welcome with the pretty accessories. I especially love that blue garden stool and the pop of color that it adds. 

The small table is just right for this little entry with an amazing exposed brick wall. Having a mirror is always a good idea so you can check your hair on your way out the door. I spy a small dish on top of the books that would be the perfect place to drop your keys.

The bare necessities are all that's needed to organize this small entry. The shelf is a perfect place for keys, and the slim coat rack even has a place for umbrellas. And again, there's a small dish for keys.

Another pretty little table here with some gorgeous legs. A bowl for keys and just enough space below the table for a shopping tote or shoes make this a nice landing zone.

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The large mirror in this space makes the area seem bigger than it really is. The drawer in the small table would be a great place for keys and mail. And underneath the table is an ideal place for magazines and boots

A small shelf with a little brass bowl and a good sized mirror hanging above it make this small wall a nice landing zone. There's just enough space for the umbrella holder and wire basket. And as a side note, don't you love the wreaths and the painted doors?


The 3 tiers of this table make it extremely useful for an entry or anywhere for that matter. Plenty of space for trays, baskets, and buckets and even a fun owl vase full of some fresh clippings.



The patina on this old table brings so much charm to this landing zone. It has ample room for a dish for keys, a tray for mail, and shoes or baskets could be kept underneath. And that umbrella holder is beautiful!

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For a more casual, rustic space, these wood crates and the hooks attached to pine boards are ideal. The crates are perfect for books, boots, and shoes, and in this case, various gardening tools.

Here's another nice rustic entryway. Those hooks attached to the rough cut boards are perfect for hats, jackets, and those ever-popular straw totes. The bench is a great spot to sit and put on of take off your shoes too!


Here's an extremely organized small entry with a cubbie shelf with hooks and a storage bench with baskets. There's a place for everything here including some pretty decor on the top shelf. This would be so nice to come home to every day, for sure.

This tiny table with drawers is just right for behind the door in this little entry. The basket, mirror with hooks, and wooden tray on the table would be more than adequate for dropping off your keys and mail at the end of the day.

So what do you think? Have you gotten some ideas for your small entryway? I've got a few things I want to do to ours after seeing all of these spaces.

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I hope you found some good ideas to make your small entry more stylish and efficient.

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  1. Great ideas! We do have a minuscule entryway and all we have is a round table that doesn't work. I'll be looking for a rectangular table. Thank you for the ideas.

    1. Our entry is tiny as well and I have a small desk in there with some accessories. There are lots of great small pieces out there! Good luck. Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for dropping by. - Angie

  2. AnonymousJuly 25, 2017

    You mentioned your home was built in the '60's. My home was built in '64 so I especially identified with the atomic Sputnik lamp in your third picture. I never thought about hanging a shelf instead of using a table. A mirror would definitely open up the space. Thanks for the great pics.

  3. Can you come to our home, bcause you are good...

    1. Thank you! If you're local, I do in-home consultations. Shoot me an email and we can talk!


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