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5. Keep it cheerful. Your entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home, so make it a welcoming place. Put out a bench, chair, small stool or other place for guests to sit and take off their shoes.

Simple built-ins to create a mudroom or storage anywhere from a kids room to a laundry room by adding shelves or a deeper bench for sitting. Or instead of custom, buy two thrify store bookcases and paint them, bolt them to your wall and add wainscotting between them. Then pick up a thift store bench and cut it to fit. Add the hooks and you're set. - interiors-designed.com

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Maintain an Efficient, Orderly Entryway

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Creative Built-In Storage Solutions for Every Room

A Place for Everyone Entryway Cut down on entryway clutter by giving each family member a personalized drop zone for coats, hats, bags, and more. This built-in unit combines open cubbies with closed cabinetry for stowing seasonal accessories out of sight. The base of the cabinet extends outward to create a bench that's perfect for putting on and taking off shoes.