In an effort to de-clutter our entry way, we have been searching for the best way to organize our small entry space. We rarely use our front door, as I am sure is true for most people. We always come in through the garage door, which is connected to our breezeway/family room. Inconveniently, our hall/coat closet is on the other side of the house (near the front door) and we are stuck tossing our shoes in a laundry basket, throwing hats/gloves/scarves in a small wicker basket, and hanging our coats on an overflowing hall tree. Since our entry way is part of our family room (not separated by a wall, just separated by different flooring), we want to make is clean and organized, yet still functional. I found some examples by specifically searching for "small entryways" since that is what we are dealing with!
I really like this look but I am not sure if it's very functional. I like having a mirror there, which would come in handy when I walk out the door with my shirt inside out as I did yesterday. Oopsies. Love the craftsman-style bench! (Image from http://paintyourspace.com/tag/mirrors/)This is cool and fun but not sure I could pull this look off. (Image from http://www.ivillage.com/mudroom-ideas-0/7-b-258263)
This is more functional but I'm not crazy about the look. I like all the storage and think it would really do the de-clutter trick! (Image from http://ana-white.com/2009/11/plans-for-entry-storage-benchshelf_2314.html)
I love this look and think it would be great for my kids to be able to learn to hang up their coats/bags themselves. Right now, they can't reach the coat rack so they drop their coats on the middle of the floor when they walk in the house! (Image from http://hubpages.com/hub/Entryway-Decorating-Creative-Ways-to-Decorate-a-Small-Entryway)I think this is adorable. I love the low coat/bag hooks and again, think it would be great for my kids to have the responsibly of putting their own stuff away. I also love the big pictures with the matting above... very clean looking. I already have two small chairs so this would be pretty easy and do-able. (Image from http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/inspiration/look-an-entryway-for-the-kids-117638)Any pointers out there from someone who has transformed a small space into an entry way? Which look do you like??