Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
Jenna Sue Design in BHG

Do you have a designated entry in your home? Many houses we looked at when we were house hunting didn’t have separate entry. So even though ours is quite narrow and actually more of a hallway than a room, it is still fun to have at least a little space to work with. Now that I have a Dutch door I’m even more in love with our entry.

The challenge with small entries (and all small spaces) is how to make them functional and charming. Today’s post offers ideas that might inspire you with ways to add both character and function to a small entry.

Not to worry if you don’t have a designated entry at all, you’ll find inspiration for entries that open right into a living space, too. Furniture placement can sometimes help create the illusion of a separate entry and organizational accessories nearby can increase the functionality of your home.

Happy Monday!

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
The Wicker House via City Farmhouse

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
Home Is Where The Hart Is

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
House Tweaking

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entryvia BHG

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
Design Sponge

No room for furniture? A wall-hung shelf makes a perfect landing surface for keys.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent EntryThe Inspired Room (townhouse)

Shallow cabinets, hooks, cubbies, and a small bench maximize space.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
Always Rooney

Even a simple set of hooks and a mirror will create entry-way functionality in a small space.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
via Design Sponge

Double-duty furniture (like this bar cart) help to create a designated entrance.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent EntryBHG

Make the most of an open entry table with a rolling cart underneath.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
 via Wayfair

A hook and storage bench system offers a streamlined built-in look.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry
4 Men 1 Lady

This is a bedroom, but corner shelves would be great in a small entry too!

Do you have a small entry?

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Narrow entry hallway with Dash and Albert rug

Hello friends, Kylee here! I am so happy to be posting today. If you don’t remember me (and I don’t blame you—it’s been so long!), I’m Melissa’s oldest daughter. My husband and I bought our first home, a 3-story townhouse in Seattle, a couple of years ago and documented some of our decorating progress here on the blog. You can catch up on those posts here.

Kylee - The Inspired Room

It’s been awhile since I’ve popped in here with any updates! I really had the best intentions of keeping up my posts (as I’m sure many a blogger has felt) but once fall and winter came, it was just too dark after work to take photos. Luckily yesterday we moved the clocks forward so hopefully that will help with the daylight after work and I can resume my blogging goals. I’m still involved with the blog behind the scenes, though!

We have been doing a few little updates here and there around our house that I want to share and I still hope to post more recipes, too. I won’t make big promises, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated more regularly!

So, as pictured at the top of this post, I thought I would make my comeback to blogging by showing you one of the only spaces that actually feels complete so far in the townhouse, our entry hallway! It sure takes awhile to get settled in a house when you are busy living life, too, doesn’t it? While I’m sure I will find things to change about our space over time, I would be totally fine if this space stayed this way for as long as we live here. It’s pretty and functional and exactly as I dreamed it to be.


This was one of the very first spaces we started working on when we moved in. As you can see, it started out as a pretty blank space (forgive the poor quality cell phone photos). It was very…yellow. Not that there’s anything wrong with yellow; I love it in certain doses and in the right space.


In this space, however, it just made the hallway feel dark, glowing, and small. It really wasn’t “me.” I wanted the entry to reflect my style and be a brighter, happier place to come home to each day. Plus, my sister Courtney lives with us on the lower level and walks through this space to get to her room each day so we thought this was a good area to start as it is a place we all use and enjoy.

Boho Entry Decor

We decided to paint the whole hallway Swan White by Glidden because we really wanted it to be clean, light, and bright right when you walked in, as well as provide a neutral backdrop to everything that would be going on the walls. There are windows in the door and on two walls, as well as in the bedroom at the end of the hall, so while it isn’t the brightest space there is natural light to bounce off the white walls. We are happy with the color choice!

Entry hooks

Besides painting the hall, there was also the issue of function. There is no coat closet in the whole house, and being from the Pacific Northwest, we have quite an assortment of coats and other weather accessories. While we can store some of our off season items in the garage, it’s not unusual to have different coat and scarf needs each day of the week (or, sometimes, each hour of the day!), so we needed a place to be able to grab what we need easily.

We also needed space for our guests to hang up their things when they visit, so hooks saved the day and make this hallway really practical. The baskets are handy for organizing, too!

Entryway hooks
We added three hook rails, which I believe were from HomeGoods. We have two by the door for me and my husband (and guests!) and one down by Courtney’s room for her.

Narrow entry hallway hooks

I love how functional the wire cubbies are in the hook rail above. It’s perfect for storing scarves and hats.

The lighting in our hall was just ordinary can lighting, but I wanted something with a little more personality. Once I found these capiz shell chandeliers (without the electrical kit), I decided to attach command hooks like these to my ceiling and used clear bendable wire to twist together the chandeliers to the clear hooks. It was so easy to do and made a big difference in how this space feels!

Small entry

Besides the hooks for things we need to grab on the way out the door, we also added a mirror to check lipstick! A daily essential.

Hemnes shoe cabinet

This is the Hemnes shoe cabinet from IKEA and I honestly think it might be one of the greatest pieces of furniture ever invented for small spaces. It’s made for shoes, but can be used for anything, really. Right now we keep dog leashes for Bella, picnic blankets, and gloves in ours!

Staircase gallery wall

This is the view from our second floor down to the entry. I added that gallery wall recently and I love it! I will try to take a better photo of it sometime so you can actually see what’s in the frames, but it’s mostly a collection of photos, meaningful art, and things that I painted myself!

My favorite way to fill frames when I don’t have the perfect piece of art is to buy pretty paper, maps, or wrapping sheets from places like Paper Source to use as placeholders until I can fill it with something that I love or that means something to me. The frames are all from IKEA.

Celestial Chart DIY

This Celestial Chart was the final piece that I added to the blank space above the little bench in the entry. I had been looking for something to put in that space for the past year and had brought a few things home, but would ultimately return them. Nothing seemed right. Finally, a couple weeks ago, I had settled on this from Urban Outfitters, but right before I purchased it I wondered if I could DIY something similar.

Celestial chart art

After a couple of Google searches I figured out that I could DIY the exact same thing and save $22! You can buy the Cavallini poster (similar to the maps my mom had in her Map Wall) and get a compatible poster hanging kit at Paper Source or Amazon. Voila! Easy and affordable art.

So, there you have it! Thanks for letting me share my completed entry with you!

Source List:


Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Capiz chandelier

Sunburst Mirror


Wire Cubby Hooks (similar)

Wood bench (similar or similar)

Celestial Chart (you can order these on Amazon or Paper Source!)

Poster Hanging Kit

Baskets (similar)

Wall Paint Color – Swan White by Glidden

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