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Stately, gorgeous mudrooms are having a moment in current design — but the reality is, most of us have only a small entryway to work with. Whether your front door opens right into your living room or you’ve got a sliver of a hallway, don’t let lack of square footage bring you down! With the right tools and a bit of planning, it really is possible to enjoy an efficient and organized entry. For visual inspiration, check out our extensive photo gallery below.

1. Make Use of Vertical Storage Solutions

In a small entryway, you’re not going to have a lot of space for benches and cabinetry. So think up instead. Install a narrow pegboard, multiple rows of wall hooks or one tall and thin cabinet. To save on floor space, opt for wall-mounted shelves. Storage bins made of wicker or fabric will help you maintain a clean look.

2. Use Multipurpose Furniture

Another way to maximize space in a small foyer is to use furniture and storage pieces that can multitask. For example, storage benches with lift tops and shelving are great for stashing shoes, umbrellas or outerwear all in one spot. An entryway table with plenty of drawers is ideal for hiding clutter, while also being the perfect spot to display a vase of flowers. (And all your guests will notice are those beautiful blossoms.)

3. Pick Out Decor that Clearly Defines Your Entry

One of the biggest challenges of having a small entry is differentiating it from the rest of your home. It’s nice to be able to leave dripping coats and muddy boots at the door, and avoid letting the clutter seep into your other rooms — but this can be hard without a long hallway! In order to achieve these boundary lines, choose decor that makes a statement and that feels unique to your foyer. Opt for a bold wallpaper just in your entryway, lay down a vibrant rug or mat, and arrange a large houseplant next to the door. If the rest of your flooring is hardwood or carpet, go for a patterned tile. Hanging up an eye-catching pendant light can also add to the sense that your entry is a space unto itself.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small entryway renovation or are building a designer entryway from scratch, Houzz has 11,311 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Grow | Life Outdoors and Marks-Woods Construction Services, LLC. Look through entryway photos in different colors and styles and when you find a small entryway design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small entryway ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.