If you have a small space, you’ve learned to embrace it and work with the design challenges it presents. Still, the bummer for some is not having a proper entryway or space to keep keys, bags, and other drop zone necessities. Luckily, we’ve learned to fake it and make it. Here’s how to fake an entryway in any space, whether you have a small one or no entryway at all.
Watch the video below to see how to create an entryway in a small space or open floor plan.
Add a Console Table, Bookcase, or Credenza
In the instance of most small houses and apartments or open floor plans, your front door opens right in the living room – it doesn’t always allow for breathing room and has little space for putting down keys, mail, bags, and everything else you might be schlepping around. Certainly, an end table along the wall will do the trick, but if you have enough wall space, consider a console or sofa table. Oftentimes, they’re very narrow and non-intrusive, still allowing for easy movement around the room. A table gives you an instant entryway.
If your entryway space allows, you can always “section off” your entrance, so to speak, with a modular bookcase or a room divider. It’s super versatile, as you can use it for entryway storage as well (we of small-space living need all the storage we can get, after all). You can also flip your sofa around and have a bookcase or table behind it to have the shelves facing inwards. That way, you don’t have to walk in to see the back of a sofa.
Small Rugs Are Your Friends
Nothing defines a small entryway space quite like a rug. And you don’t have to worry about fitting a giant area rug. Choose a small 2 x 3 rug or a runner to place in front of your console table, bookcase, or bench to carve out the small entryway space while adding a dash of personal style.
Introduce Functional Décor
Think cool wall hooks, coat racks, baskets, and shelves that double as super versatile and functional for your lack of entryway. You can also add small bowls or dishes to your table as a place to drop keys and other necessities. Entryway organization is crucial, especially on those days when you come home with your hands full.
Add a cute mirror on the wall just above your table (they have some with shelves too – how handy!) so you can do one final check before leaving the house. A table lamp is another functional piece that’s great to have when you walk in.
… But Nonfunctional Décor is Great Too
Don’t forget to personalize your new area! Add some wall art, vases, plants, books, and more to put the finishing touches on your faux entryway. Just because your space is sparse doesn’t mean you can only have utilitarian pieces.
Add Some Seating
Have an accent chair or bench in your small entryway as a place to put your shoes on or just as a pleasing-to-the-eye element. Let’s be honest, we can always use another chair to drop coats and bags on.
Now you’ve learned how to create an entryway when there isn’t one. Just remember to make it functional for you and your needs. Faking an entryway is easier than it sounds and just requires a bit of innovation as well as the right furniture and decor.