10 Small Entryway Ideas & Storage Projects

Most of us who have smaller homes deal with a small entryway…or worse, no entry at all. If your front door opens right into your living room, with no buffer space at all, you know exactly what we mean.

It is possible to carve out a bit of space to set your entryway apart from the rest of your home, and to give you a spot to organize the family comings and goings. Keys, homework, jackets… they all add up to our day to day. And, even a tiny entryway should make a great first impression on visitors!

You must check out these great small entryway ideas & storage projects for your small space. We love these awesome solutions!



Small Entryway Ideas


Small Entryway Decor Ideas

Pretty much every one of our small entryways picks will have some combination of both decor and storage, but we are going to start with the ones that are heavier on “style”. (Don’t worry, we are going to cover more entryway storage ideas farther down the post!)

Cecilia Moyer‘ created this super pretty modern small entryway with tons of style, with her DIY sponge painting technique. Go check out how she created this easy update to her foyer. Want to add plants to yours? Awesome idea!  Check out our post on the best low light houseplants over at TGG…


This lovely tiny entry has the perfect amount of decor and storage for it’s space! Styled to be minimal, but not boring, the round mirror is very on trend and the ottoman poufs give you a space to sit to take off your shoes. Check out the entire gorgeous space and ideas over at ‘Almafied‘.


This small apartment entryway is dressed up to perfection by ‘Homey Oh My‘. They have 6 guidelines for you on how to design a functional entryway, Scandinavian style!


Go on over to ‘Love, Create, Celebrate‘, and look at this modern small entryway! Not only do you get to learn how to DIY that amazing wood accent wall, there are hidden entryway ideas here too. Go check out their full post, because they show you how they changed out their boring front door ( we approve) and on the other side of the entryway, turned a closet into entryway storage.


Entryway Storage Ideas

So as promised here are some small entryway ideas with more storage, perfect for busy families!

Check out this gorgeous example of entryway shoe storage ideas! From ‘Design Sponge‘, find out how to make this shoe storage ladder yourself, as well as how to style this small entryway. Step by step photos and instructions for the shelf.


From ‘The 36th Ave‘, this small entryway idea is the perfect way to add storage to a tiny space. A hall tree! We love how she styled it with B&W accents, and then even hung a houseplant on the tree. Not just for backpacks and jackets!


This entryway closet idea is great for those of us who have to find space for an entry. From ‘Apartment Therapy‘, find out how to convert a coat closet into a perfect entryway storage spot.


This modern and clean small entryway idea comes courtesy of Ikea. ‘Apartment Therapy‘ showcases an entry that used the “Besta” cabinet series to create storage in a really tiny space. We love that this is closed storage, which means no one can see how many unread catalogs or kids toys you’ve stuffed inside. 😉


If you have a super small entry, then you probably find it impossible to locate a bench short enough for your space. No problem, just jump on over to ‘Making Manzanita‘ and find out how to build their little entryway bench! They have free plans and a how-to video.

10 Small Entryway Ideas & Storage Projects


You are going to adore this great small entryway storage idea done by Home Remedies RX. She was inspired by a Pottery Barn catalog, showing off some of their fav entryway ideas. This is a great example of how you can create an organized entry space from just an empty wall and the right styling!

We love these creative and practical small entryway ideas! So get started getting your home in order, because these projects are not that difficult, in fact you may be wondering “why didn’t I think of that?” You have the ideas now, so make it a great weekend project! Also check out our post on DIY Mud Rooms and DIY Entryway Benches!

Image Credits: The 36th Ave, Cecilia Moyer, Almafied, Homey Oh My, Love, Create, Celebrate, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Making Manzanita, Home Remedies RX


This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info.

Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Brett Ehlert
    May 2, 2021 / 8:28 pm

    Ooh I love the idea of adding ottomans/chairs in an entry way. I cant remember how many times I almost stumbled while trying to get my shoes off. Thanks for these tips!

  2. Louise
    August 25, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I’m trying to figure out a narrow entryway with a closet and 5 people (3 kids) with frequent guests (some are kids) in a place that has hot summers and lots of snow in the winter. I have narrow shoe racks that work right up until we hit winter. And then the gear and slushy winter boots come and this area becomes a disaster zone. I have to take my boots off at the door and I cringe every time because I don’t know what I’m about to step into even with the winter mats and rugs spread out. I wish we could do the locker style in the closet, but there just isn’t enough space to set up more than 4 people. What we could really use is a mud room, but that isn’t going to happen.

    Imagine hats, gloves, snowpants, coats, scarves, school bags, lunch bags, from my 3 kids plus their friends all arriving at the same time. Gahhhh!

    It seems like small entries designed for winter and more than 4 people in mind are sorely lacking. My search for solutions continues.

  3. Alicia
    January 28, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    This is a life saver. With such a small entry way, random coats, keys, and even shoes end up floating around our small house. This post has given me an idea to control the clutter. Thanks a bunch 🙂

  4. Gail
    January 25, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Enjoyed checking out your website\pins. Your Hallway (Entry) Ideas are good, but my hall way (along with many more in the UK) are way way smaller. I’ll keep looking for inspiration.

  5. Dawn
    December 20, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    Thank you for this. I live in Minnesota and in my tiny house we do not have a single closet. I have a 5 year old. I am desperate for storage ideas. This really helped. 🙂

    • Kathy Woodard
      January 2, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Good to hear!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.