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17 Entryway Ideas That'll Make Your Guests Say "Wow!"

Everyone needs a spot to hang their hat (or coat or umbrella or whatever).

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1. Hang a corkboard if you're aaaaalways forgetting things.

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If you have a habit of writing up a whole grocery list and leaving it on the counter, or lose every single set of stamps you've ever owned, tack 'em up. A visual reminder is way more effective than a note on your phone. Trust me.

2. Clean up an old TV tray to make an entryway table you can move whenever you need some extra space.

If you're one of those people who shifts their furniture every other day, a TV tray is perfect for your entryway. It's got enough room for you to toss your keys and mail on top, and your shoes underneath. Learn more here.
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If you're one of those people who shifts their furniture every other day, a TV tray is perfect for your entryway. It's got enough room for you to toss your keys and mail on top, and your shoes underneath. Learn more here.

3. Leave a stool in the hallway so you can plop down the second you walk in the house.

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It's been a long day. Take a breath before you need to start scrambling around the house to make dinner and get ready for bed.

4. Use a floating shelf if wedging a whole table into your tiny space just isn't feasible.

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No matter how small your space is, you almost definitely have room for a tiny shelf.

5. Hide your stuff inside woven baskets if you've got a full house.

No you and your roommates each have a spot to call your own without burying the table in all of your stuff.
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No you and your roommates each have a spot to call your own without burying the table in all of your stuff.

6. Fill a tray with shells so your boots aren’t left to dry on your hardwood floors.

If you're not really into the seaside look, switch the shells out for pebbles. Both will allow the water to drain so the boots aren't soaking in a puddle of their own making. Learn more here.
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If you're not really into the seaside look, switch the shells out for pebbles. Both will allow the water to drain so the boots aren't soaking in a puddle of their own making. Learn more here.

7. Hook shelf-hanging baskets to the underside of a bench to take advantage of empty space.

If you want to DIY the whole bench, the project is pretty simple. Just glue two boards together and use trigger clamps to reinforce the bond. Once the glue is dry, install the pipes and hang small c-hooks on the underside of the bench for the baskets. Learn more here.
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If you want to DIY the whole bench, the project is pretty simple. Just glue two boards together and use trigger clamps to reinforce the bond. Once the glue is dry, install the pipes and hang small c-hooks on the underside of the bench for the baskets. Learn more here.

8. Disassemble a dollar store accordion rack so you can dress it up with a bit of spray paint and contact paper.

Once you take the accordion rack apart, spray paint the knobs. Trace the arms out on the contact paper and use a utility knife to cut them out. Carefully apply the stickers, and put the whole thing back together! Learn more here.
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Once you take the accordion rack apart, spray paint the knobs. Trace the arms out on the contact paper and use a utility knife to cut them out. Carefully apply the stickers, and put the whole thing back together! Learn more here.

9. Take advantage of the empty space and line the walls with bookshelves.

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If you like keeping your coat and keys in the bedroom, think of this space as a place for your overflow storage. You still want it to look nice so stick to books or memorabilia you can't bear to part with. Or move an entire set of drawers in there to stow your linens or summer clothing you aren't going to be needing for a few months!

10. Attach some hooks to a spice rack if your space is too small for a whole entryway table.

So much less obtrusive than a bulky table, but holds everything you need to rush out the door in a flash! Learn more here.
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So much less obtrusive than a bulky table, but holds everything you need to rush out the door in a flash! Learn more here.

11. Turn wooden dowels into decorative hooks with copper pipe caps.

Drill holes in one side of the dowels and twist the screw in using pliers. Then, glue the caps on. Once they're dry, screw them into the wall! Learn more here.
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Drill holes in one side of the dowels and twist the screw in using pliers. Then, glue the caps on. Once they're dry, screw them into the wall! Learn more here.

12. Make an organizer that’s got literally everything you need out of a few pipes, hooks, and boards.

A seat to rest your weary bones, a spot to toss your shoes, and a place to hang your coat. A whole mudroom when you don't actually have any room.
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A seat to rest your weary bones, a spot to toss your shoes, and a place to hang your coat. A whole mudroom when you don't actually have any room.

13. Or you could skip the boards and just hang the pipes right on the wall.

How minimalist! Learn more here.

14. Hang knobs on a plain white wall to give it a few pops of color.

You know those quirky knobs at Anthropologie that are the only thing you can afford but you have literally no use for them? Now's your chance. Learn more here.
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You know those quirky knobs at Anthropologie that are the only thing you can afford but you have literally no use for them? Now's your chance. Learn more here.

15. Prop up a plank of wood with some hairpin legs.

It's literally that easy. Learn more here.
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It's literally that easy. Learn more here.

16. Nail a set of evenly spaced boards so you can wedge shelves in different configurations.

Use a piece of scrap wood to ensure that the shelves fit perfectly between the boards and won't wiggle. The boards will still be able to slide out whenever you're in the mood for something new. So. Freakin'. Cool. Learn more here.
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Use a piece of scrap wood to ensure that the shelves fit perfectly between the boards and won't wiggle. The boards will still be able to slide out whenever you're in the mood for something new. So. Freakin'. Cool. Learn more here.

17. Or just prop up a coat rack — it's a classic for a reason.

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Coat racks hold jackets, umbrellas, purses, hats... It's literally the most multi-purposed storage item. And it's perfect for renters that don't want to hang hooks on the wall!