In this Ask A Designer column, Candace Thompson shares advice for maximizing storage in a compact front entry.
Question: Our front door opens right into the living room, leaving very little storage or space for a proper entryway. We’re putting in white oak flooring, and we want to get rid of the chunky white storage unit. We’d like to do something more streamlined and still have a place to store our coats and bags. What do you suggest? — M.H., Ottawa
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Candace: Based on the photo of your entryway, it looks like you’re a family of doers! Let’s start by hiding all the bags and coats that live in your hall.
Candace: Since the area behind your living room chairs is quite narrow, you’ll need a shallow storage system like Ikea’s Ivar cabinet, shown above. You can mount hooks on the inside of the doors and the back wall of the cabinet. It also comes with optional adjustable shelves, which you can use to store shoes and baskets.
Ivar cabinet, $130
Candace: To maximize space, stack two units, one on top of the other, to create the look of one tall cabinet. They can be anchored to the wall or mounted on feet (providing breathing room below for basket storage). If you have room, you can stack two more units to create a second tall cabinet.
Modern Weave Underbed storage basket in Natural, $105
Candace: The cabinets are made of solid pine and come unfinished. To customize, paint them off-black and add leather cabinet pulls.
LP02 Leather Loop Pull by Chapman & Bose, $30
, Onyx (2133-10)
Then, for taller coats, hang a blond wood peg rail on the wall.
Shaker-style Peg Rail in Oak, $49
June Home Supply
Add a small bench below it to store shoes.
Woven bench, $199
Consider freshening up your walls by painting them a bright white, like Behr’s Polar Bear.
Polar Bear (75)
Paint your radiator box the same color as your new cabinets and install a blond wood shelf above.
Leather Strap shelf, $79
Then, swap out your print for a round mirror with a dark frame. This will be a great pairing.
Denmark Round Mirror in Grey by The Tangerine Mirror Company, $158
The Home Depot Canada
Finally, add an all-weather doormat, plus a runner to bring warmth and define the space; an indoor-outdoor rug is a great option for this high-traffic area.
Samson Black Indoor-outdoor runner, $409
Enjoy your new organized entry!
Designer: Candace Thompson
Candace is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Interior Design and currently works as a designer at LRDS.
Photographer: Alex Lukey