Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5 practical ideas for entryways

Homeowners tend to overlook the foyer or entryway area in terms of home design and décor. This may be due to it being a small, transitional space that people just walk past by everyday. However, with the right additions, you could transform an entryway to meet several functional needs you haven’t even thought of. Check out these practical suggestions for making full use of your foyer.

Use decorative bins and baskets as entryway storage.

1. Hook rack

Your last stop before leaving the house, the foyer is an ideal space to store car keys and company or school IDs. Having a hook rack in your foyer creates a permanent space for these items, making them easier to find and access. Leave your keys and IDs by the door when you arrive home. 

2. Shoe closet

Having a shoe closet near the entryway is not for everyone. Including this in your foyer will largely depend on your lifestyle. Some homeowners have their shoe closet integrated in their walk-in closets, or somewhere near their bedroom closets. On the other hand, other homeowners would rather leave their dirty shoes by the door, so they can change into their bedroom slippers as soon as they get home. Carving out a small shoe closet space in your foyer is a great functional add-on. 

3. Umbrella stand

With the Philippine weather often alternating between sunshine and rain, sometimes within the same day, most locals always carry an umbrella whenever they go out. Putting an umbrella stand in your entryway will make for easy access and organization. 

4. Bins and baskets

Some items that you may want near the entryway come in all shapes and sizes. This may include basketballs or other sports-related items, car cleaners and the like. Keep these irregular sized items stashed away in bins or baskets that accommodate every size and shape. Store the whole bin inside your closet, or choose a decorative basket that may be placed under a console table. 

5. Mail and subscriptions

The entryway is a space where mail and other subscriptions arrive. It’s also a space where messengers or friends may want to pick up something from your home. So it’s good to have organized storage for these items. If you have closet storage, putting a tray for paper on a shelf may work well. For smaller foyers, opt for console table drawers that can hold all of your mail and subscriptions.


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