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7 Ways to Create an Entryway (When You Don't Have One)

In a typical small apartment, it can be difficult to find the right balance between style and functionality, especially if you want to design an entryway with little space on hand. Whether you’re dealing with an open floor plan or cramped walls and narrow hallways, you’ll inevitably come across some challenges when it comes to transforming your rental into an ideal home. The secret to achieving a welcoming entrance to your apartment is to maximize space and make it bright and airy, since it’s the spot that greets both you and your guests. A touch of creativity always saves the day, so here are seven ways to turn your non-existent foyer into a delightful entryway:


Carving an entryway in an already cramped apartment can make your place look smaller. Create the illusion of more space by hanging up a supersize mirror, which will fit even in the narrowest of entryways. Not only is it a stylish option, but it’s efficient as well – it will amplify natural light and brighten your entrance. As you can easily feature a chic mirror as the central attraction, make it the focal point of your entryway and let it be the star of a welcoming home.


An open floor plan layout is like a blank canvas for you to express your style, but it can be daunting to figure out how to pull it together without defined areas. To make sure your home has warmth and intimacy starting from the entrance, focus on creating an appropriate entryway. The most fitting way to handle an open floor layout is to divide it from the rest of the space by using pieces of furniture to create a partition. Section off a small area in front of your door by using a chic cabinet or a shelving unit where you can nicely exhibit your books and accent pieces.

If you want to go for the most budget-friendly option, define your faux foyer simply by positioning your furniture in the right spots. You can place a couch or loveseat parallel with the door and maybe add some storage behind it for some bonus space.


In case you haven’t noticed, rugs have a magical power when it comes to creating the illusion of a separate space. If you put a carpet or a runner by the door, it will create the aspect of a distinct entryway. Make it the center of attention by choosing a vivid pattern or a bold color and tastefully merge it with the design of your home. However, you should keep in mind that people will step on it with their shoes on, so pick one that doesn’t look dirty after a few uses and that you can clean with ease. Patterned rugs and dark but lively colors are a great option, as they are more forgiving.


Convenience and practicality are key when it comes to designing the perfect entryway. Since it can be difficult to keep everything neat and tidy when you’re always in a rush, the first thing you should consider is a way in which you can make the most of your space while keeping it aesthetically pleasing. If you don’t have enough space for a front hall closet but you still want a bit of functional storage, add a couple of floating shelves on which you can put your mail and keys when you get home. Add a couple of hooks nearby to hang your jackets and bags and, voilà, you got yourself a trendy and practical entryway. Always make sure to double check with your Resident Manager before mounting anything in your suite.


We’ve said it before, and we’re not shy to say it again: nothing says Home Sweet Home better than a little bit of greenery in your space!

Plants will create a smooth transition from outside in, and it’s easy to come up with ingenious ideas to arrange some pots for an artsy entrance. Choose plants that do well in low light, such as a delicate Peace Lily, a couple of Lucky Bamboo stalks or some sturdy cacti. If you don’t have enough space for the pots, try hanging a couple of vining plants, like the fast-growing Ivy, to liven up your wall. Either way, plants will certainly bring more energy and charisma to an ordinary entryway; or if placed near or in front of a mirror, they will augment and brighten any space.


The secret advantage of having a small entryway is that you can get away with a bold, graphic wall. Embrace your artsy side and create a gallery wall, with pictures or pieces of art that contour your personal style. Whatever you choose, make sure that the entrance of your home reflects your personality and emanates good vibes. If strong, vivid design is overwhelming in other areas of your apartment, making the entryway stand out will surely give it a special appeal.


If you’re not too short on floor space, try to include a bench or a stylish chair to your entrance hall. Choose an item that will match your taste and budget, and that will add a touch of comfort to the entryway. If you want to get the most out of it, invest in a bench that has additional storage underneath to keep your shoes organized. Whichever option you go for, as long as you have a nice little space to tie your shoes in, even the smallest of entryways will feel whole.

Creating a charming and practical entryway can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. Challenge yourself and your creativity to work! Consider these tips, individually or combined, to design yourself a well-organized and beautiful entrance hall that will make your home feel charming and inviting.

Originally published in RENTCafé.

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