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Buying Guide: The Ultimate Entryway Furniture Checklist

Ever wonder, when designing a room, what pieces are essential, and which things are simply nice to have if you have the space or budget for them? Well, no more wondering! With our interior design buying guides, we’ll walk you through the essential pieces for a space, the nice-to-haves, and the little touches that make a space shine.

Our Modsy designers have worked with many homeowners to furnish their entryways, so we know from experience what is the entryway furniture you absolutely need and the things you can hold off on—or just do without altogether.

Given the above, we obviously have amassed a ton of useful entryway design tips. But to help simplify what to bring into your own space, we’ve created this entryway buying guide to walk you through the essential pieces to get (mirror, rug, table lamp) and the big-ticket investment pieces you should save and splurge on at some point (credenza, console). Treat this as your entryway checklist for everything you need to design a space that’s welcoming, stylish, and functional. After all, the idea is for you to have an entryway that meets all your everyday needs and works for your lifestyle. And because everyone’s budget is different, we’ve included a general price range for each of the pieces you’ll want to consider for your space.

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Early Entryway Considerations

The size and shape of your entryway

If you can, measure out your entryway so you know how much space you have to work with. This will give you an idea of the number of furniture pieces you can realistically fit in your space. This is also important because if you have a narrow entryway or a hallway entryway, you’ll want to avoid deep, bulky pieces.

How you use your entryway on a daily basis

A family entryway is used very differently than a space for someone who’s living by themselves. If you have children, you might need more storage while if you live solo, you might opt for a slim console instead of a credenza. Being clear about how the space needs to function for you will help narrow down your furniture choices.

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Entryway Essentials: Furniture and Decor Checklist

With all that in mind, let’s dive in on our entryway checklist!

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Mirror

Whether it’s a round, rectangular, or square mirror, it’s a functional piece that will open up your space, reflect more light into your entryway, and also let you get one last look at yourself before you run out the door. Hang any large mirror over a console table or credenza for a balanced look. Be sure it’s at the right height (eye level) so you can easily see yourself without stooping or going on tippy toes!

Stylist Tip: If you have a small space, mirrors are great for bouncing light around, and a large one can help make a cramped room or pass-through space feel more open.

Price Range: $100–$800

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A Welcoming Rug

Creating a landing strip in your entryway with a bright and durable rug. It not only adds comfort but a colorful rug will also make a statement and give your space a warm pop of color. A rug will also soften the overall look and feel in your entryway, adding a personal touch right when you (or visitors) come in the door. With a small entryway design, try a runner is great for more compact entryways, or go with a 3’ x 5’ mat in the center.

Stylist Tip: In high-traffic areas like an entryway, choose durable rugs and runners—natural fiber, outdoor designs—in darker colors. Washable rugs are also great options.

Price Range: $199–$2000

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Pillows & Throws

Similar to a rug, pillows and throws add comfort, color, and a personal touch. Layer one or two pillows on a chair or bench to give yourself something to lean on when you sit down to put on or take off shoes. The best part is that these are decorative pieces you can easily switch out seasonally. Consider warm-hued textiles for the spring and fall, and swap them for pillows and a light throw in cool tones during summer and winter.

Stylist Tip: No need to go overboard. One or two pillows and a throw will go a long way in an entry, and it’s usually all you need to add a pop of color.

Price Range: $50–$200

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A Credenza or Cabinet

Storage is key in any size entryway. If you have the space, a credenza or cabinet gives you a practical surface that can serve as a catchall for keys, sunglasses, mail, and other items. A slender credenza or cabinet is always ideal for maximizing floor space, and you’ll want to arrange it along the largest wall in your entryway. This way it won’t feel too bulky and crowd your space physically and visually.

Stylist Tip: The best credenza or cabinet is one that meets all your needs. Say, if you need hidden storage, go with a design that has drawers or closed cabinet doors.

Price Range: $299–$2000

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Console Table

For an alternative to a credenza or cabinet, a console offers practical storage on its surface and also underneath it. The difference is that many console tables come with open shelving and in much narrower sizes, making them perfect for entryways large and small. If you’re not sold on a credenza but need lots of storage, consider a console with drawers or tiered shelving. Just be sure to place it along the longest wall by the front door and invest in some console table styling ideas to make it an extra special welcome home sight.

Stylist Tip: Minimize your entryway furniture footprint as much as possible. Select a slim console that still hits all your needs, like hidden storage or space underneath for baskets, etc.

Price Range: $199–$1000

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Baskets

For added storage for smaller items, like shoes, bags, coats, umbrellas, and other accessories that you need on the go, baskets are indispensable. They’re what we call small-and-mighty workhorse pieces because they’re easy and practical storage that can hold a wide range of items and go anywhere in the home. A few well-placed baskets can go a long way, be it lined up against a wall or stationed right by your front door.

Stylist Tip: Keep to a few baskets so that they don’t overwhelm your entry, and layer them in a neat fashion, like tucked in a corner next to a console or squirreled away on a bottom shelf.

Price Range: $20–$199

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Table Lamp

Good surface lighting is key in the entryway. A table lamp on a console or credenza will add a touch of warm light and set a welcoming tone. If you have a small entryway, you can swap a table lamp for a pair of sconces, which you can hang on either side of your console, credenza, or bench. The idea here is to give yourself a light source that you can switch on when you come home at night.

Stylist Tip: Find a sturdy lamp that will sit comfortably on your console and not feel like it’ll tumble off if brushed gently by a passerby in the entryway.

Price Range: $50–$299

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Floating Table

For those with a spacious entryway, a nice-to-have furniture piece is a floating center table. It’s a great way to visually break up a large space, and it offers a large surface for setting down keys and mail. Floating a table in the center of a grand foyer also makes for a bold statement. You can top it with a centerpiece of seasonal flowers, which will instantly turn it into a stylish focal point that you can dress up or down for different occasions and holidays.

Stylist Tip: A floating table can crowd a small space, so it’s ideal for grand entryways or large rooms that adjoin a foyer. Opt for a round table, which allows for more walking room.

Price Range: $199–$1000

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Hooks & Shelves

Also, nice-to-have are hooks and wall shelves that maximize vertical space for sneaky storage. These practical storage pieces are great for hanging jackets, umbrellas, bags, keys, and anything you’ll need on your way out the door. You’ll want to first make sure you have enough wall space to hang coats without it looking overcrowded. The best part is that hooks and wall shelves add storage without taking up floor space, so they’re perfect for both large and small entryways.

Stylist Tip: Don’t overcrowd hangers or wall shelves. Keeping an odd number (two coat racks and one shelf, or two shelves and one coat rack) provides balance and visual interest.

Price Range: $40–$200

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Chair or Bench

It’s always nice to have a chair, a bench, or a set of storage ottomans in the entryway. It gives you a comfy place where you can sit down to put on shoes or have your kids hop on and wait while you finish gathering everything before leaving the house. Place a chair next to a console table or station a bench opposite a credenza for a balanced arrangement. A chair or bench also makes for a stylish catchall for your coat or bag when you enter and leave the house.

Stylist Tip: Have a spare dining room chair that you don’t need at the table? Your entryway is a perfect home-away-from-home for it! You can always move it back to the dining room if you need an extra seat, but it still serves a function on the day-to-day.

Price Range: $199–$1000

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Little Things The Bring Joy

While the entryway is meant to be a practical space, it should still feel visually exciting and inviting. You can still have fun and style it out by sprinkling little items that show off your personal taste. Decorate your storage surfaces with art, sculptures, vases, bowls, trays, and other accents that bring you joy. These little finishing touches will set a happy mood and are sure to make for welcoming sights every time you walk into your home.

Stylist Tip: Arrange an odd number of art and accents (think groups of three) on the surface of a console or credenza for visual interest. Just leave space for practical items too, like a tray for keys and coins.

Price Range: $20–$1000

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14 Ways to Style Your Mid-Century Modern Entryway Design

It’s always a good time to switch up the look in your entryway design—even if it’s one area that might not be seeing a lot of action these days (it will again soon!). And even though It’s one of the busiest spots in the home, it’s one of the easiest spaces to design and spruce up, be it with simple storage accessories or all-new entryway furniture.

It’s also important to design your entryway with style in mind. You’ll find no shortage of entryway inspiration and ideas from us. Mid-Century Modern entryway designs are one of our most popular styles, and it’s easy to see why. It takes a clean-lined and airy approach to entry design elements and adds streamlined designs and smart storage solutions. What you end up with is a space that blends everyday practicality with modern style.

Love the idea of a Mid-Century look for your entry but not sure how to make it work in your space? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for 14 of our favorite Mid-Century Modern entryway ideas and entryway design tips, and get our best-kept tips for bringing the look home.

A Graphic Mid-Century Modern Entry

Anchor your entry in black-and-white for a boldly modern look. It’s a palette that works perfectly with Mid-Century wood tones and accents, and it adds major visual impact at the same time.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Keep it slender. Stay true to Mid-Century design forms by pulling in a tapered-leg console. It’s an iconic look that will help center the space and set a modern vibe.
  • Pattern it up. Mid-Century Modern style loves graphic black-and-white patterns, so you can’t go wrong with vases, lamps, and baskets that highlight motifs in the color scheme.
  • Get abstract. A captivating abstract artwork is a great way to direct focus and round out your entry with a thoroughly modern look. The bigger and more abstract the better here.

A ’70s Mid-Century Spot

Who doesn’t love a bit of retro flair? This Mid-Century hall entry is all about that. Take a page from this design and try combining practical entryway furniture with accents that nod to the ’70s.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Be bold with furniture. Eye-catching silhouettes and shapes will drive home the retro theme, so pick the oversized mirror and arched console. Showstopping is the M.O. here.
  • Think retro hues. Set a modern vintage scene with a warm color palette. Shades like pastel orange, indigo, and canary yellow are perfect contrasts to clean-lined furniture.
  • Delineate with accents. Finishing touches, like brass planters, geometric objects, and tall lamps can set apart hallway entrances like this one. Use them to frame your space.

A Cheery & Modern Welcome

Mid-Century Modern style isn’t just neutrals and wood tones. You can work in bold colors, like this bright entry spot by layering in vibrant accents that pop against clean-lined wood furniture.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Stick to warm woods. Ground your entry with one to two cool designs in a versatile wood tone. They’ll make for a base that pairs perfect with any lively color palette.
  • Shades of summer! This is a modern look that isn’t afraid of color, so work in rugs, baskets, and art that have summery shades, from ice cream hues to beachy brights.
  • Have a showpiece. You want to balance out bright colors with unique designs that are equally bold. Consider this stylish coat rack, which adds storage and sculptural appeal.

A Chic & Compact Setup

The best modern small entryway designs make the most of open living spaces. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and style. It’s simply about having a few well-chosen pieces.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Bench it. If you don’t have a proper entryway, you can carve one out by pulling in a Mid-Century bench along a wall or in a nook by the door. It will clearly define your space.
  • Enlist baskets. Baskets are true lifesavers in small entryways. They’re easy to stow under benches and make things less complicated than ottomans.
  • Pillows are not too much. With a small entryway bench, top it with patterned pillows to introduce some color and soft comfort. Trust us when we say it’s definitely worth it.

A High-Style Modern Entryway

For a fashionable take on Mid-Century style, try a soft approach to the black and white palette. Rather than boldly graphic, aim for subtle monochrome decor that amplifies warm wood tones.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Think modern silhouettes. Be it a hanging coat rack, a Mid-Century-style desk or a round mirror, seek out entry furniture with simple lines. It will instill a minimalist-cool vibe.
  • Wallpaper in style. Covering your walls with an eye-catching pattern turns the space into a focal point. Keep it light and monochrome to add chic contrast and subtle impact.
  • Keep it spare. A few black-and-white accents can go a long way, like a framed photo print or a sculptural vase. Keep a few black fashion pieces on display to add to the look.

A Bejeweled Catchall Zone

When you combine jewel tones with modern entryway furniture, the result is a space that’s warm, welcoming and wildly captivating. With the right furniture for entryway spaces, it’s also hugely comfortable.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Let bold colors lead. Painting your walls in a rich jewel tone sets the stage for an entry that’s anything but boring. Use your color choice as a guide for equally bold furnishings.
  • Glam up. Jewel tones mixed with luxe materials, like mirrors, velvet, acrylic, and brass, is a foolproof formula. Seek out designs and storage that highlight these materials.
  • Details that pop. Purple walls contrasted with a wood bench. Bold blue patterned pillows and a soft-pink rug. A brass planter and a freeform mirror. Focus on details here.

A Contemporary-Cool Entry

Blending Mid-Century and contemporary styles, this is tailored and airy space is our idea of the perfect modern entryway. It’s functional in all the best ways without sacrificing comfort or style.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Style your seating. You don’t need a suite of entryway furniture for your space to feel furnished. Add a bench with pillows for an instant cozy seating area that’s all its own.
  • Go neutral. Keep to a palette of high-contrast neutrals, like soft grays, light blues, and browns and beiges. It will play up a fresh and approachable look that’s quietly inviting.
  • Focus on vertical space. Fill your empty wall space with art prints, sconces, and even a floor mirror to draw the eye up in your entry. It will emphasize an open and airy appeal.

A Calm & Laid-Back Corner

If you love the modern look but want your entry to have a serene atmosphere, go with a blue and white palette. It’s a tried-and-true color scheme that’s casual, cool, and calming all at once.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Double-duty seating. Entryway storage is the most important factor to consider. A deep storage bench is a great solve for small entries or pass-through spaces, like this one.
  • Layer classic patterns. The best way to style up a calming blue palette is with accents, like pillows and mirrors, that have simple motifs. Think stripes, dots, and geometrics!
  • Keep it simple. Less is more here, specifically with clutter and unnecessary accents. Stash items away in your bench, skip the sconces and objets, and focus on functionality!

A Lush & Lively Entryway

Draw inspiration from nature and the outdoors for your modern entryway and bring in vibrant furnishings in shades of green. Mixed with Mid-Century designs, it adds up to a tropical space.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Play with greens. Calming and bold, green is perfect next to Mid-Century wood pieces. Layer varying shades in your rugs, pillows, and accents to create the most dynamic look.
  • Embrace nature. Bring in live and faux greenery as well as botanical and leafy patterns. These verdant touches will liven up the space with amazing color and texture.
  • Get comfortable. Turning your entry into a multipurpose space with a reading chair can be a great add-on. It’s a convenient perch that also lends warmth to the practical space.

A Modern-Eclectic Passageway

If your front door opens into a spacious welcoming area, consider transforming it into an airy vestibule with Mid-Century entryway furniture, durable floor covering, and stylish focal points.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Statement storage. In any entry that allows for large furniture, a Mid-Century cabinet is a functional and eye-catching choice. It’s sure to provide warmth and visual balance.
  • Display botanicals. A floral print and happy greenery always makes for a welcoming sight in an entry. Hang a print above your cabinet and array some cacti for easy updates.
  • Have a durable landing. To ground your Mid-Century vestibule, lay down a sturdy rug in beige or neutral tones. A natural-fiber rug is best, but a bright kilim also works great.

An Elevated Modern Foyer

For those who prefer a foyer with a bit of classic elegance, this warmly outfitted modern entryway has just the right tailored and traditional elements you love.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Back to basics. Sometimes all you need are the basics, like a Mid-Century modern tufted bench, a large round mirror, and an attractive rug. It’s your classic entryway trio.
  • Ground it in earth tones. Warm neutrals, like beiges, browns, and taupes can feel at once bold and calming. It’s a palette that sets guests immediately at ease.
  • Draw the eye up. Don’t underestimate the impact of a sculptural light fixture in the entry. It adds visual appeal and helps round out your space by directing focus upward.

A Colorful Mid-Century Entrance

Even in a small entryway, you can find ways to freshen it up with bold colors. Simply layer in accents in bright primary pastel shades, charming ceramics, and brass objects.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Let accents shine. With a small space, rather than focus on stylish entryway furniture, play up bright accents instead. Use them to create multiple focal points that captivate.
  • Consider open storage. Skip the storage bench in small entryways, and go with a tall bookcase. It uses vertical storage space, so even the tiniest entry won’t feel cramped.
  • Pile on the vessels. Vases and sculptural vessels are accessories for adding color and visual interest in a small entryway. Mix, match, and swap them out as you like.

An Artfully Curated Greeting

Outfitting your entry is as much about functionality as it is about showcasing your personal style through your favorite art, objects, and collections. Make it a tableau that leaves an impression.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Play with shapes. Layer objects with organic and geometric forms. Try a gooseneck lamp, abstract art or a molded planter for simple accents that add tons of visual texture.
  • Think in twos. Be it a pair of basket planters, a duo of art prints, or a two-tiered console table, think double when outfitting your entry. It adds to the curated layered look.
  • Balance unique designs. Leave room to add one or two statement Mid-Century modern pieces. Here, the oblong-shaped mirror balances out the decked out console.

A Visually Arresting Entry

Between the photo and art prints along with the clean-lined storage cabinet and mesh chair, this makes for our idea of the perfect Mid-Century Modern entryway.

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The Key Entryway Elements:

  • Gallery wall goals! Set a scenic mood with a simple gallery wall of black-and-white art. Round it out with a whimsical touch, like a sunhat, to break up the monochrome look.
  • Bring in iconic designs. Opt for Mid-Century entryway furniture with iconic silhouettes. Pieces like this streamlined credenza and woven chair make for bold design statements.
  • Play with height. Frame your entry space using a tall indoor plant and a standing coat rack to flank your centerpiece. It offers a fresh perspective as well as function and style.

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6 Ways to Decorate with Old Church Pews

Church pews aren’t just for Sundays anymore! Recently, we’ve been inspired by bloggers like Liz Marie Galvan, Fletcher Creek Cottage, and Whitetail Farmhouse who have used old church pews as a furniture piece in their home. Their feeds are what rustic, farmhouse dreams are made of!

Popular in the midwest and southern states of the U.S., decorating with used church pews is a fun way to put an old piece of furniture to use in a new and unexpected way! Some people may have them on-hand—an old family heirloom that’s been collecting dust in your garage or basement. And while they look charming sitting on a front porch, you can actually use them inside of your home as well!

If you love the idea of using a church pew in your home but don’t have one, they’re easier to find than you may think. Just keep an eye out at antique stores, estate sales, or even thrift stores. Then, you can either refinish or paint them for a perfectly rustic look!

Incorporating used church pews into your home is easier than you might think. We’ve rounded up a few ideas of how to do it. So, get inspired by these six church pew decor ideas!

decorating with old church pewsFarmhouse Fab

We love this “shabby chic” approach to an antique church pew, used as seating at a round dining table. Juxtaposed with spindle-back chairs, the mix of a pew and chairs break up the monotony and gives this farmhouse style breakfast nook a unique look!

The whitewashed wood church pew compliments the natural wood furniture and flooring, the shiplap walls, and the overall neutral rustic color scheme. To add a splash of color and texture, layer on some accent pillows, which can also double as back cushions to increase comfort. You could also add a bench cushion for more comfortable, softer seating!

This is a great option if you have small children. The pew acts as bench seating, but since it’s slightly closed in on the back and sides, it will help keep them contained while sitting and eating! And it’s also super easy to wipe down!

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Looking for some church pew entryway ideas? We love the idea of using wooden pews as alternatives to a chair or console in your home’s entryway. It not only offers a seat for taking off shoes and a surface to set your bag, but you can also add storage baskets underneath for shoes, pet supplies, and kids items. Tucking the baskets underneath will allow items to be close-at-hand while keeping them out of the walkway!

Church pews with a natural wood finish can feel updated and more modern with boho touches, like fringed pillows and coastal decor. But the pew itself adds a homey touch to the space.

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decorating with old church pewsA Touch Of Glam

You may not think “glam” when you think of an old church pew, but hear us out. When combined with a bold, jewel-toned wall color, brass accents, and a fluffy sheepskin rug, the dramatic shape of this church pew actually does start feeling kind of glam, don’t you think?

Church pews are narrow like benches, so they’re great for a hallway or walkway where a bench would typically go. With that in mind, this would be a great added seating area for a hallway or open space in your home. It gives you a reading nook or an extra place to sit and chat with guests. The side table adds some practicality, so you can keep a drink and snacks nearby, and the fluffy rug and eclectic pillows bring comfort to this seating area.

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decorating with old church pewsFarmhouse Chic

If you have a big farmhouse table, we love the idea of using a whitewashed church pew as bench seating on one of the long sides of the table. You can offset it with slipcovered captain’s chairs at the ends of the table and traditional chairs opposite the pew. The softness of the upholstered chairs also visually balance out the hardwood bench.

In this set-up, we kept the church pew bare and simple—with just a throw for a pop of texture and pattern. Like we mentioned earlier in this post, this is a great table seating option for homes with kids, as church pews are easy to wipe down and the arms and high back help keep your kids contained while they eat!

And, while bench seating can help you squeeze in a couple extra people around the table, make sure the arms and sides of the pew fit under the table so that it can easily be slid in and out if someone needs to get up and to make things more comfortable for eating.

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decorating with old church pewsStairway Charm

If you’re wondering what to do with the empty space under or adjacent to your stairway, consider an old church pew! This makes use of the wall space under your steps—and if your stairway happens to be by your home’s main entrance, it also offers a practical place to sit for taking off your shoes and unloading when you walk into the door!

Once it’s in place, you can style the area around it. Consider hanging some art, a clock, and even a mail holder for a practical touch! And speaking of practical—consider adding a basket or two underneath or to the side for books, shoes, and other everyday items. Then, finish off the set-up with some stylish throw pillows to add some comfort but also some pops of color and texture against the smooth wood pew!

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decorating with old church pewsRustic Reading Pew

Need some additional seating in your living room? Consider adding an antique church pew! Hanging a gallery wall over the church pew anchors it as part of the room, and a floor lamp offers great reading light. Layering on pillows and a throw helps make this a more comfortable seating option, plus it adds a pop of color to the space! And having a pouf as a footrest will help you really kick back and relax. When you’re not using the pouf as a footrest, just push it under the pew to save on floor space!

Not only does this give you extra seating day-to-day, but a pew can be great for additional seating in your living room when entertaining as well! Just make sure you add in a side table nearby for drinks!

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Small-Space Hacks: 5 Ideas for Small Entryways

In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

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This week we show you great small entryway ideas that can make the most of a pint-sized space. Here are our 5 of our favorite tricks to turn your entryway into a welcoming checkpoint and functional storage spot.

Optimize Your Space With These 5 Small Entryway Ideas

small entryway ideas1. If you need extra storage…

Center your entry with a dresser with deep drawers for increased storage options. This is a great way to deal with storage overflow from other areas in your home where square footage is at a premium. Stash winter coats, extra pillows and big throws in the lower compartments and use the dresser’s upper storage for more practical daily items, such as books, scarves, hats, and even takeout menus.

You can easily round out the look of the overall space by adding personal art and objects along with a stylish table lamp on the dresser surface. And don’t underestimate the beauty of umbrella stands, which can double as sculptural accents in an otherwise utilitarian space.

Another idea? If you’re really pressed for space, consider the storage possibilities of a nightstand. One with drawers can provide the perfect mini catchall spot.

small entryway ideas2. If you’re (always) on the go…

A space-saving console makes for a convenient catchall for holding your wallet, car keys, and mail. Choose a console with drawers and cubbies specifically for mail that’s important; junk mail can go into baskets squirreled away underneath the console. In a small space, this can keep paper clutter from trickling into the rest of your home.

Treat the surface of the console as a vanity with a mirror and table lamp, and keep frequently worn jewelry and other accessories (phone chargers, headphones) neatly stowed away. This will create a functional spot that gathers all your everyday essentials as you dash out (or in) the door.

small entryway ideas3. If you have guests over often…

Your small entry should combine both function and style for an instantly welcoming spot. And just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t go big with multiple pieces of stylish furnishings.

Look for storage pieces that have slim silhouettes as well as open-shelving constructions. A tall bookshelf can provide vertical storage that also helps to draw attention away from the small size of your entry, while a slim glass console will further lend a spacious look and feel.

small entryway ideas4. If you have high-energy kids…

There’s no furniture piece more practical than a storage bench for containing all the little things that can easily pile up in a small home, be it shoes, jackets, or toys.

Opt for a storage bench with a lid or one with cubbies, and arrange the space to mimic a mudroom; even in a small entry, you can set up hooks and baskets that give everything a place. The best part about a storage bench is that it’s also the perfect perch for your little ones to put on their shoes.

small entryway ideas5. If you have (very) little space…

Keep your entry minimal by pulling in a pair of dining chairs. They make for a much simpler alternative to storage pieces if you just need a place to put down your bag or to slip on shoes before you run out the door.

The best part is that chairs are versatile and movable, you can pull them into other areas of your home if needed. Consider using chairs that match those in your dining area so that they can easily pinch-hit as extra seating for guests.

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