Other than the kitchen, your entryway or mudroom is probably the most trafficked area of the house. It’s also the first thing anyone sees when stepping inside your home, and it’s usually a chaotic mess where random toys are strewn on the floor next to bags and inside out jackets, and where finding keys or two matching shoes is a daily scavenger hunt. If the latter sounds a little too familiar, it’s time to get some furniture to organize all those odds and ends that wind up accumulating next to the door.
Depending on the size and needs of your entryway, you can look to various products to help store those piles of shoes, hang coats on hooks, organize accessories and items that need to be at the ready, and provide some extra seating while you wait for your kid to run back and grab that one favorite toy they insist they absolutely cannot leave the house without. Ahead are some organizers — like storage benches, hall trees, shoe racks, or console tables — to help get your entryway (and likely your sanity) in order.
Entryway Organizers-Storage Benches
This storage bench will add a touch of farmhouse chic to your home, even if your children tend to act more like wild animals when running inside the house. There is an X-patterned barn door that can slide across the length of the bench, and there is one fixed and two adjustable shelves, allowing for six total cubbies to store shoes or other miscellaneous items. The bench measures 46.5” wide, 15.5” deep, and 18” tall, a compact but sturdy size for an entryway. There is also a matching TV stand and accent cabinet.
One reviewer said, “It’s beautiful and instructions were easy to follow. I can put furniture items together but I hate it. Usually the instructions are not thorough enough or confusing but that was not the case with this. I almost did it completely by myself. I had to have a little help at one part where you are attaching the dividers for the three sections, just to have someone hold it in place so i could screw it in, but other than that I was able to do it alone. I love how it look and how smooth and easy the barn doors glide. Worth the money!”
This classic storage bench has three separate cubbies to hold shoes or baskets, and comes in four different finishes (dark cherry, white, natural gray, and espresso). There is a polyester cushion on top of the bench to provide a comfy seat when you’re trying to wrangle your kids’ (or your own) shoes on or off, or for when you need to patiently wait for them to try to do it themselves. The bench measures 35.27” wide, 14” deep, and 18.5” tall.
One reviewer said, “This is the perfect addition to our foyer. We have one cubby with a fabric cube in it and the other two are devoted to the kids’ shoes. It has helped reduce clutter and prevent the age-old ‘where are my shoes?!’” They also noted that it’s sturdy enough to hold “2 adults sitting on it or 2 kids bouncing around on it.”
Entryway Organizers-Hall Trees
If you have a bigger entryway, this 60” wide hall tree will help keep your messes better contained. There are three upper compartments to store things out of kids’ reach; six double coat hooks to hang your jackets, accessories, or hats; and 24 shoe cubbies to organize your whole family’s shoe collection (and each cubby is big enough to hold a men’s size 13 shoe). There’s a roomy bench to sit on and the hall tree comes in four neutral colors. There are also narrower versions, as well as a corner hall tree, to provide options for different sized entryways.
One parent and reviewer said, “This was a little pricey, but it works great. It is much sturdier than we expected. The hooks are quite large and can hold 3-4 adult coats or 5-6 kids coats per hook. The shoe containers are larger than I expected. My husband is size 11 and it fits his running shoes and converse. It does not fit his boots. They are very deep so my kids (sizes toddler 8 to kids 5) can fit two pairs deep. It works very well to sit and put shoes on.”
This minimalist hall tree will add some industrial style and storage to your entryway. It’s made from a blend of manufactured wood, and it has two open shelves to easily store shoes and a bench that can hold up to 176 pounds. There are two rows of hooks (nine in total) to hold coats, bags, hats, and other accessories. The hall tree measures 72” tall, 27.6” wide, and 12.6” deep. It’s free standing but also comes with a tip over restraint device you can use to securely attach the hall tree to the wall.
Says one reviewer, “I was on the fence about buying this piece but thanks to all the other reviews, I did and I’m thrilled. It’s the perfect piece for our small entryway with no linen closet. It’s beautiful and easy to put together. Buy this if you’re on the fence. It’s perfect for wrangling all those odds and ends the kids leave strewn throughout the house when they get home.”
Entryway Organizers-Shoe Racks
If your entryway is starting to look like a dumping ground for shoes of all sizes and shapes, it’s time to get a shoe organizer. This ClosetMaid organizer has 15 compartments that can fit both kids’ and adult shoes, as well as other accessories, bags, or other miscellaneous items that often get abandoned at the front door. It’s also stackable, in case you need to add extra storage. Your next challenge is to get the family to actually place things inside the organizer instead of next to it.
One reviewer said, “ Excellent storage solution for shoes; easy to assemble and large capacity. I have a bunch of sons and I can fit two shoes in one cubby even with men’s size 12’s. Hightops did require their own cubby for each shoe, boots don’t fit. Is it cheap particle board and cardboard? Yes but it functions, is well worth the price, and plenty sturdy for its purpose. Would it break if my kids stood on it? Probably, but I put it under a shelf so hopefully they won’t. And let’s face it, kids break everything, I’m not going to waste money on a high end organizer. This is perfect for families with lots of feet.”
It’s inevitable that seasons will change, so for an all-weather storage solution, this handy shoe rack is made out of solid bamboo, which is naturally moisture-resistant to help withstand rainy, snowy, or muddy shoes. There are four open shelves to hold shoes or accessories, as well as an additional side compartment for boots, larger bags, yoga mats, or wet umbrellas you don’t want creating a puddle in the middle of your floor. The shoe rack will likely fit comfortably even in small entryways, as it measures 25.25” tall, 28.37” wide, and 11” deep.
One happy reviewer said, “So cute! Works absolutely perfect in my space by the front door with just enough shelves for everyone in my family!” And another reviewer and parent added, “This is so helpful for kids to take off shoes before coming in the house. I love the added area for the umbrellas.”
Entryway Organizers-Console Tables
To spruce up an entryway that already has a storage closet nearby, a console table can provide both function and style. Use it as a way to welcome guests to your home, display plants or other home decor, keep your keys in an easily accessible place, and more. This farmhouse chic console table is made from manufactured wood and has A-frame accents on the back and sides. It has a rectangular top and slatted lower shelf you can use to hold shoes, baskets, or other miscellaneous items. It comes in a variety of natural finishes such as white, white oak, gray, and barnwood and measures 32” tall, 52” wide, and 14” deep.
One reviewer said, “I love this console table so much I bought two colors. One for the entryway and one for our basement. The console table is perfect height, heavy, and made of good quality materials. Our entryway gets a lot of traffic with the family dumping their stuff. The console table is easy to clean, and does not scratch or ding easily which we need. The bottom of table is also sturdy and a functional space for your needs. The tables are easy to assemble and came very well packaged.”
This console table is a sturdy and industrial way to organize your entryway. It has metal legs and shelves with a wood finish, and can hold up to 300 pounds. The legs have adjustable pads in case you need to account for uneven floor surfaces, and in addition to the long, rectangular top shelf, there are four different shelves to hold any items you want to keep by the door. There are also four different sizes of this console table, ranging from 47” to 71”, to accommodate various sizes of entryways.
Many customers comment on how easy assembly is, with this reviewer adding, ”I’m usually not one to write reviews…(I don’t have time for that!) But I’ve had this for a little over a month and I LOVE it. I spend hours browsing Amazon when I decide to look for something and debated between this and another table for my entry way. This one works great with the space. Price was right and I put it together myself! So happy with this purchase lots of compliments when people come through our front door.”
Looking for more ways to help organize the seemingly endless amount of stuff in your home? Check out our other home and kitchen picks.