Make a grand entrance—no spacious foyer necessary.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated September 16, 2019
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If you're under the impression you need a spacious foyer to create a functional, well-designed entryway, the 2019 Real Simple Home is here to change your mind. While the entire Brooklyn townhouse boasts three floors, the home's entryway is a snug vestibule. But that didn't stop the room's designer, our talented home director Stephanie Sisco, from maximizing every inch of available space. The result: a room that's full of small entryway ideas, including the most brilliant entryway bench idea we've ever seen. Let this well-organized room be your guide, and you'll soon feel as though your cramped entryway doubled in size.

Introduce Only Multitasking Furniture

In this small entryway, the cushioned bench from Home Depot not only serves as a comfy spot to sit and put on or take off shoes, but it is also a storage spot for footwear and cold weather accessories. The drawers can hold gloves and hats, while the hooks above are the ideal spot to stash Fido's leash. When you have a small entryway where every square foot counts, rely on furniture that can serve more than one function.

Design Trick: To give this hall tree the look of a built-in, paint your walls and baseboard the same color as the storage unit.

Hang a Mirror

A light-reflecting mirror will help almost any small room feel a little larger, but in a small entryway, it's especially important. It doubles as a last-look mirror before you head out the door in the morning. This hall tree comes with a wide mirror, but you can also install one above a storage bench, directly on the wall.

Sneak in Wall-Hanging Storage

Here, a wall-mounted wire basket offers a convenient drop-off for mail and papers right as you walk in the door. Then, consider adding a key rack so you won't waste precious time in the morning hunting around your house for your misplaced key ring.