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20 Small Entryway Ideas to Make Your Space Look Bigger

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Are you looking for small entryway ideas for your home? We have 20 great ideas to help make your entryway look bigger and add more function to your space.

Top 20 Small Entryway Ideas to Make Your Space Look Bigger

1. Get a Shoe Cabinet

Shoes can quickly clutter up an entryway, especially if you’re already short on space. A shoe cabinet gives you a simple, convenient place to put your shoes. And you can use it to show off a few simple décor items, too.

Here are some great options:

BISSA Shoe cabinet with 2 compartments, white, 19 1/4×36 5/8″ – IKEA

Andover Mills™ 24 Pair Shoe Storage Cabinet Manufactured Wood in Gray

Pair Shoe Storage Cabinet Manufactured Wood in Gray Wayfair

Baxton Studio Simms Modern White Shoe Cabinet

Baxton Studio Simms Modern White Shoe Cabinet overstock

2. Hang a Mirror

A mirror can brighten up your entryway and help make the space look a little bigger. Choose one that complements your space and personal style. You can also find mirrors with attached shelves and hooks if you want to complete your entryway with one simple product.

Here are some gorgeous mirrors for entryways:

Willa Arlo Interiors Menahan Makeup / Shaving Mirror | Wayfair

Menahan Makeup - Shaving Mirror entryway Wayfair

“24\” Wall Circle Mirror Large Round Gold Farmhouse Circular Mirror for Entryway

Wall Circle Mirror Large Round Gold Farmhouse Circular Mirror for Wall Decor Big Bathroom Make Up Vanity Mirror Entryway Mirror

Parker Entryway Mirror

Parker Entryway Mirror Overstock

3. Hang Individual Hooks

We all need a place to hang our coats and bags when we walk through the door. If you have a small entryway, you may not have the space for a hall tree. Hanging individual hooks is a great way to get the function you need (a place to hang your things) without taking up an immense amount of space.

We love these hooks for entryways:

Matthews 3.3” Wide 2 – Hook Wall Hook in Black

Matthews 3.3'' Wide 2 - Hook Wall Hook in Black wayfair

Patina Metal Wall Hook 

Patina-Metal-Wall-Hook

Liberty 5-5/8 in. Satin Nickel Pilltop Coat Hook

Liberty Satin Nickel Pilltop Coat Hook

The great thing about hanging individual hooks is you can arrange them however you want to make them work in your space. Plus, you have all of that floor space to use as you see fit.

4. Use Poufs for Seating

If you have a small entryway, you may not have enough space for a full bench. Poufs are a great option for seating because you can move them around and they take up very little space. Plus, they can double as extra seating for guests in a pinch.

We think these poufs are perfect for small entryways:

LR Home Farmhouse Triple Stripe Indoor Outdoor Pouf

Home Farmhouse Triple Stripe Indoor Outdoor Pouf

LR Home Natural Jute Black Braided Pouf

Natural Jute Black Braided Pouf homedepot

WOVENBYRD Round Pouf Ottoman with foam core

WOVENBYRD Round Pouf Ottoman with foam

5. Add a Narrow Entryway Table

Tables are so versatile, especially in entryways. If you could only pick one of these small entryway ideas, then a narrow table would be it. You can hang hooks above it or hang a mirror above it. Add a few décor pieces and a bowl for your keys. Store a few poufs underneath for seating. There are so many great ways to put a table to work in an entryway.

Here are some great entryway tables that are perfect for small spaces:

Industrial Metal Console Table

Industrial-Metal-Console-Table-hobby-lobby-2

Silver Orchid Ham Narrow Console Table

Narrow Console Table - Gold

Extra Long Sofa Table, Narrow Long Console Table Behind Couch, Entryway Table for Living Room

Extra Long Sofa Table, Narrow Long Console Table Behind Couch, Entryway Table for Living Room

6. Hang a Storage Ledge

If you’re looking for small entryway ideas that don’t involve furniture, here’s a great one: storage ledges. They can be hung up higher on the wall to free up valuable space below, and you can still hang hooks underneath to store your coats.

You can use your storage ledge to show off art, hang a mirror above it, or use it for practical storage purposes.

Here are some great options for storage ledges:

Storage Shelf with Drawer

Storage Shelf with Drawer

Slim Floating Wall Shelves Collection

Slim Floating Wall Shelves Collection

Floating Espresso Shelf, Brown

Floating Espresso Shelf

7. Add a Small Chair or Bench

With most small entryways, you can still find space to place a small chair or bench. Having a place to sit and take your shoes on or off makes the space feel more inviting. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate either. Keep it simple and make sure the look matches the vibe of the rest of your house.

Here are some adorable ideas for entryway chairs and benches:

Home Decorators Collection White Wood Entryway Bench with Flip Top and Concealed Storage

White Wood Entryway Bench with Flip Top and Concealed Storage

Woodland Drawers Storage Bench

Woodland Drawers Storage Bench

Seaside Distressed White Hall Tree 

Seaside Distressed White Hall Tree overstock

14 Karat Home Monica Side Wingback Chair, Pink

14 Karat Home Monica Side Wingback Chair Pink

Benches are nice, but if you only have space for a small chair, like the one above, then that will work, too. Add a cute pillow and place it in the corner or up against the wall.  

Related: 17 Best Desk Chairs Without Wheels to Make the Perfect Desk Space

8. Add a Small Storage Cabinet

Looking for small entryway ideas to deal with all of your clutter? Add a small storage cabinet. You’d be amazed by how much you can cram into a small cabinet, and it keeps all of those little items out of sight, out of mind, until you’re ready to use them.

Here are some great small storage cabinet ideas:

Beachcrest Home™ Waelder 3 – Shelf Storage Cabinet Wood in White

Shelf Storage Cabinet

Bathroom Storage Cabinet with Double Doors Wooden Floor Shoe Cabinet

Bathroom Storage Cabinet with Double Doors Wooden Floor Shoe Cabinet

Bathroom Floor Storage Cabinet, Multifunctional Free Standing Storage Cabinet with Double Shutter Doors and Adjustable Shelf 

 Standing Storage Cabinet with Double Shutter Doors and Adjustable Shelf

9. Add Storage Baskets

If you have a small entryway table with space underneath, you can add storage baskets to hold miscellaneous things. Even if you don’t have a table, you can always add a basket to one of the corners in your entryway for things like umbrellas or other items.

Here are some lovely storage baskets for small entryways:

IKEA – HURRING Basket, bamboo black

Best Choice Products 12x12in Hyacinth Baskets, Set of 5 Multipurpose Collapsible Organizers 

Set of 5 Multipurpose Collapsible Organizers

Kelly Clarkson Home Rattan Basket in Brown

Rattan Basket wayfair

10. Add a Statement Piece of Furniture

If you’re taking the minimalist approach to your entryway, adding a statement piece of furniture will make your space memorable without adding too much clutter. A simple antique table can really add character and charm to your entryway without taking up an entire wall.

Here are some gorgeous statement pieces:

Home Decorators Collection Chennai 25 in. W Linen Cabinet in White Wash

Chennai 25 in. W Linen Cabinet in White Wash

PHI VILLA 2-door Intricate Traditional Accent Storage Cabinet

PHI VILLA 2-door Intricate Traditional Accent Storage Cabinet

Modern Retro Accent Wooden Storage Cabinet with 2 Carved Glass Doors

Modern Retro Accent Wooden Storage Cabinet with 2 Carved Glass Doors

11. A Mail Organizer

To make your entryway more functional, add a space to store and organize your mail. You may even find an organizer that can hold your keys, too.

Here are some great options:

Weil Wall Mail Storage Organizer with Key Hooks

Weil Wall Mail Storage Organizer with Key Hooks

The McGarvey Workshop Coat Hooks Mail Holder

The McGarvey Workshop Coat Hooks Mail Holder

Wall Mounted Mail Holder Wooden Mail Sorter Organizer with 4 Double Key Hooks and 1 Floating Shelf 

Wall Mounted Mail Holder Wooden Mail Sorter Organizer with 4 Double Key Hooks and 1 Floating Shelf

12. Hang Art

One way to add color and character to your space is to hang art. Art can fill awkward spaces on the wall and show off your personality.

Here are some great options for your entryway:

Rust Landscape – Smooth Paper

Rust Landscape Wall art entryway

Ashbrook Framed Canvas Print Wall Art Black and Gray Geometric Spiral Display

Ashbrook Framed Canvas Print Wall Art Black and Gray Geometric Spiral Display

East Urban Home Tropical – 6 Piece Wrapped Canvas Graphic Art Print Set 

Tropical - 6 Piece Wrapped Canvas Graphic Art

Related: Printable Wall Art for DIY Home Decor 

13. Add Words of Encouragement

Your entryway is the last thing you see before you leave the house and the first thing you see before you go. Add some words of encouragement to start your day on the right foot.

Here’s some great word art to add:

There Is Always A Reason To Smile Sign

There Is Always A Reason To Smile Sign

I Can Achieve Everything I Dreamed Of, 3D Quote Letters

I Can Achieve Everything I Dreamed Of-3D Quote Letters

Vivegate Stay Awhile Metal Wall Art Sign

Vivegate Stay Awhile Metal Wall Art Sign

14. Light Up Your Space

If you have a small entryway table, add a lamp to brighten up the space. A lamp can make your entryway cozy and more welcoming when you walk through the door at night.

Here are some great lamp ideas:

Babson 26″ Buffet Table Lamp Set with Outlet 

Babson 26 Buffet Table Lamp Set

Rosecliff Heights Merkel 29″ Table Lamp Set Glass

Merkel 29 Table Lamp Set

Alese Neutral Earth Finish Textured Dot Jug Table Lamp

Alese Neutral Earth Finish Textured Dot Jug Table Lamp

15. Add Flowers and Greenery

Flowers and greenery can add some cheer to your entryway. You don’t necessarily need to use real flowers either. Invest in some great faux flowers to brighten up your space.

Here are some beautiful ideas:

Faux Fern Bundle

Faux Fern Bundle

Artificial Tulips Real Touch Fake Flowers Artificial Tulips Flowers Arrangement Bouquet for Home Room 

Artificial Tulips Real Touch Fake Flowers

Faux Hydrangea Stem – White

Faux Hydrangea Stem - White

16. Add Plush Pillows

If you have a bench near your entryway, add some plush pillows to make the space even cozier and more inviting. Choose simple, solid colors and go for pillows that are taller than they are wider to help make your space look bigger.

Decorative Horace Farmhouse Throw Pillow or Cover

Decorative Horace Farmhouse Throw Pillow or Cover

Cozy Teddy Faux Fur Pillow Covers

Cozy Teddy Faux Fur Oversized Pillow Cover

Phantoscope Quilted Velvet Braid Textured Pleated Decorative Throw Pillow

Phantoscope Quilted Velvet Braid Textured Pleated Decorative Throw Pillow

17. Add a Statement Rug

A statement rug is a nice way to add character, warmth and color to your entryway without taking up too much space. Choose a narrow rug that will fit well in your space.

Here are some great options for entryway rugs:

IKEA – ROMDRUP Rug, low pile, beige antique look/floral patterned

Bee & Willow Ashby 2′ X 7′ Runner In Grey/ivory

Runner in Grey bed bath and beyond

Artistic Weavers Demeter Ivory 2 ft. 7 in. x 7 ft. 3 in. Runner Rug

Demeter Ivory Runner Rug

18. Add Vertical Storage

One effective way to make a small space look bigger is to make use of vertical space. Adding vertical storage can keep clutter out of sight and help you stay organized.

Here are some great ideas:

Crestlive Products Household 5-Drawer Vertical Dresser Storage Chest

Crestlive Products Household 5-Drawer Vertical Dresser Storage Chest

Wooden Tree Coat Rack Stand

Wooden Tree Coat Rack Stand

19. Add a Small Shoe Rack

If you don’t have space for a shoe cabinet, try adding a shoe rack instead. This is one of the most popular small entryway ideas. You can find racks in all sizes, and they won’t take up much space in your entryway.

Here are some great entryway shoe racks:

Better Homes & Gardens Bamboo 3 Tier Shoe Rack

Better Homes & Gardens Bamboo 3 Tier Shoe Rack

Yamazaki Line Adjustable Shoe Rack

20. Bright Wallpaper

Bright wallpaper can make a small entryway look bigger and more welcoming while adding color and interest. You can go with classic wallpaper, or no-damage wall decals.

Here are some great options for entryways:

Wallpops Pastel Southern Trail Peel & Stick Wallpaper By Nuwallpaper in White 

NuWallpaper 30.75-sq ft Grey Vinyl Ivy/Vines Self-Adhesive Peel and Stick Wallpaper in Gray 

Tempaper Moire Dots Peel And Stick Wallpaper In Blue Moon Bluemoon

Final Thoughts

These are some of our favorite small entryway ideas to make your space look bigger. Incorporate some of these ideas into your space to make your home more welcoming and inviting to those who walk through the door.