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5 Entryway Ideas Perfect for Small Spaces

Create a makeshift foyer even in a teeny-tiny nook

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Photography: courtesy of the Homeowner | Dairy Darilag (Main Photos)

An entryway serves different purposes in a home. Some homeowners use it to showcase a vignette as a prelude to the home’s interiors, others turn it into a command center where keys, loose change, and other essentials are kept, and a few use it as storage for shoes, bags, and umbrellas.

While the space can be transformed into a nook that suits your needs, those who live in tiny homes are faced with the challenge of creating a makeshift entryway in a limited floor area. How is this possible? The right pieces, accessories, and styling tricks can go a long way. Take inspiration from these Real Homes:

1. Opt for hidden compartments to keep eyesores from taking over the space.


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In this 18sqm condo unit in Quezon City, the door leads to the bathroom on the left and a few steps lead to the main living and sleeping areas. To separate the entrance from the rest of the unit, the owner opted to add a step-up to define the main areas.

Since every inch of space counts in a tiny unit, he put the corner near the door to good use by adding a tufted stool and incorporating clever storage to create a nook where he can comfortably wear shoes before heading out. Some of his shoes are neatly kept in a secret compartment incorporated into the unit’s elevated area.

Find a similar stool at Home Matters.

Click here to see more photos and view the complete home tour.

2. Shelves and cabinets come in handy for your knickknacks.


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Many of us often forget keys, IDs, and other essentials before leaving for work or school. A cabinet or a shelf near the door comes in handy as storage center for these so you can easily grab them before facing another day. Choose a slim shelf that doesn’t take up too much space and place catchalls for your belongings.

If you want to create a command center, choose a cubby shelf so you can have multiple compartments you can use for shoes, bags, and umbrellas. A ladder shelf with multiple tiers is also a good option if you’re low on space and have a ton of stuff to organize.

Find sturdy shelves at SB Furniture.

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3. Create a DIY gallery wall.


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What better way to welcome guests than with a dose of good vibes? Quirky prints, precious photographs, and cute décor can help you complete a DIY gallery wall you can place near the door. Take your cue from this corner—simply install a wooden frame (the size depends on the look you’re going for and the space you have), add strings, then have fun displaying photos using mini clothespins. It can instantly personalize our space while giving you a dose of inspiration before leaving the house.

Find crafting materials at Common Room, Power Plant Mall.

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4. Maximize vertical space with storage and décor.


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If you only have a wall to work with, don’t fret! The vertical space holds a lot of possibilities. You can install hooks for bags, scarves, and belts. As an alternative, you can work with sturdy rods instead. These rods can run the width of the wall and give you enough space for bags, jackets, and even décor.

Take inspiration from one of our reader homes—to spruce up the hallway, they added potted plants into the mix. The touch of green not only brightens up the nook, the plants add a refreshing, tropical-inspired vibe to the home as well. Can’t commit to taking care of a few potted wonders? You can always buy faux plants and blooms.

Find similar rods at Wilcon Depot.

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5. Experiment with different materials and unique accessories.


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This 21sqm unit has a long narrow hallway that leads to the main areas. To maximize the space, interior designer Nikki Audine installed insulated foam bricks that do more than prettify the space as these materials can also absorb sound, too. Complementing the foam bricks are the stool and storage piece reminiscent of filing cabinets, creating an industrial-inspired corner.


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Wall decals can also help you define a non-existent entryway. Decals that look like license plates, postcards, and cutouts from your favorite magazines can personalize a blank wall, too.

Find a similar storage piece at HMR, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City. Shop for wall accents at The Craft Central.

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