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Vicki Norris

Professional Organization Expert

Best Entryway Organizer & Best Entryway Bench

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How many of these common entryway issues sound familiar?

- 47 pairs of shoes and boots clogging the doorway
- Coats hanging two or three deep on the same hook
- Orphaned gloves and mittens
- Nomadic car keys
- All of the above

As a professional organizer, I can tell you for certain that most people will answer “all of the above”!

The entryway of a household acts as a window to the state of living within. When you walk into a house and you are greeted by order, a sense of calm and hospitality prevails. Conversely, when the first thing you notice is congestion and clutter, you’re tempted to back away slowly!

The main purpose of a good entryway system is to streamline your routine. When you have one spot that you launch from and return to, you will eliminate wandering items and create a “home” for your purse, briefcase, kids’ school bags, keys, umbrellas, and outdoor gear.

I’ve reviewed some clever solutions herein; hopefully you can find one that fits your family and lifestyle. And after you obtain the right system, be sure to implement maintenance to keep it streamlined. Then you can focus your attention on the most important aspect of your home – the people who live in it! And doesn’t that sound like a nice place to come home to?

The best entryway organizer will make the right impression with guests. Choose from the best entryway bench and entryway tree recommendations to complement your home decor.

Best Entryway Organization by Vicki Norris

The Best You Can Get

  • Pottery Barn – Brady Entryway Suite

    Vicki says: Locker units like these have become very popular in recent years and I believe it’s a trend that’s here to stay. Pottery Barn may have kick-started the movement, but they do it so well, it’s only natural that they’re at the top of this list. This four-piece Brady suite consists of two drawer benches topped by two lockers, but you can customize the pieces for your own space. With drawers, cubbies and open areas for coats, bags, and purses, there’s enough storage space to house all of your daily needs.

    • Classic brass knobs and label holders
    • Modular system lets you customize for your needs
    • Available in black, cream, or espresso stain
  • Storage Bench with Coat Rack

    Vicki says: Creating a ‘grab & go’ station in the entryway is a great way to streamline your household. This storage bench/coat rack combination is the perfect place to sit down and put on your shoes before grabbing your stuff for the day and stowing your things after work or school. The four strong coat hooks along the top can handle jackets, knapsacks, or bags while the upper shelf and lift-up bench seat provide additional space for other outdoor gear, such as hats and gloves.

    • Sturdy wood construction with rich cherry finish
    • Assembly required
    • Available online only
  • Pottery Barn – Samantha Entryway Collection

    Vicki says: Clean-looking pieces like these help snap a cluttered hallway into order. The Pottery Barn Samantha Collection can be customized for your individual space. The option shown gives you loads of storage possibilities with two simple pieces. What if you’ve only got a corner to work with? The bench and shelf are also available as corner units for more compact spaces. Don’t want the baskets? The cubbies are perfect for shoes, boots, and handbags.

    • Bench cushions and baskets sold separately
    • Available in black, cream, or mahogany stain
  • IKEA – Pax Wardrobe

    Vicki says: A wardrobe doesn’t have to be reserved for the bedroom. You may not have a dedicated coat closet, but you can easily create one with this piece. Use this IKEA unit in a mudroom, hallway or entryway to capture each family member’s daily essentials, including shoes and boots. Help eliminate the footwear pile-up that can happen in heavy-traffic areas by getting them off the floor and out of your way!

    • Fastens to the wall with an anti-topple device
    • Rods, shelves and shoe trees are adjustable
    • Sleek black finish
  • Crate and Barrel – Windham Bench and Mirrored Panel

    Vicki says: A fitting option for those with a little less space, this handsome system stands up to your gear. The two-piece bench and mirrored panel set provide six hooks along the sides for coats, keys, purses and bags. Grab a quick seat on the cushioned bench while removing your shoes and stow them in the cubby underneath. Alternately, baskets can be used in the cubbies for a more streamlined look.

    • Sturdy wood construction with lacquered finish
    • Pieces can be used separately
    • Available in white or black

You will be happy with any of these

  • Pottery Barn – Entryway Dog Bed Cubby

    Vicki says: A hallway system so welcoming, it even serves as a family member’s bed! The top portion of this Pottery Barn unit offers nine separate cubbies for ample storage space while the lower section provides a comfy, cushioned home for your four-legged friends. If you don’t have a pet, the bottom can be used for a household recycling center or storing firewood during the winter months.

    • Multi-purpose storage piece
    • Dog cushion sold separately
    • Antique white painted finish
  • Ballard Designs - Mayfair Hall Bench

    Vicki says: If your décor leans toward the more elegant side, this beautiful piece is the perfect solution for capturing hallway clutter. Clear things up by using the top shelf for a bag, purse, or umbrella. Load coats and long scarves on the numerous hooks available. The shelf underneath the bench seat can be used to store shoes and boots, or you can add a basket to capture smaller items. Lovely!

    • Crafted of wrought iron with a matte black finish
    • Pretty details add to décor
    • Cotton bench seat cushion included
  • IKEA – Vanna Wall Panel

    Vicki says: No wallflowers here! You may not have enough room for a bench-type unit but most people have sufficient wall space for a panel like this from IKEA. Its slim design packs a big storage punch. Use the six knobs for jackets, coats, school bags, and purses. The two narrow shelves above are perfect for catching keys, cell phones, and wallets at the end of the day. What a smart idea!

    • Modern black and white design
    • Requires assembly
    • Six storage hooks and two separate shelves
  • Target – Entryway Collection

    Vicki says: High-end style without the high-end prices! Similar to the Pottery Barn Samantha collection, this option from Target is the perfect choice for those who are looking to spend a little less. The handsome bench and wall unit (each sold separately) work in tandem to provide multiple storage options. The bench can be used for shoes or for your gear-on-the-go. Install hooks for coats and bags in between the bench and wall unit for even greater storage potential.

  • IKEA – Stark Hall Unit

    Vicki says: Ingenious design at a great price! The ‘turned-around’ style of the Stark Hall Unit from IKEA hides storage potential – a short clothes rail and shoe shelf – while revealing a calm reflection in the mirror. Several hooks underneath the mirror are perfect for scarves, umbrellas, and keys. With its hard-wearing lacquer finish, this piece serenely endures a busy household.

    • Comes in white or birch veneer
    • Requires assembly

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With the best entryway organizer, you'll take care of one of the problem spots professional organizers see in most homes. The best entryway bench and the right entryway coat rack can help organize your shoes, coats and keys. The best entry way tree and bench are essential when you want to have an organized way of dropping briefcases to umbrellas to coats after coming home.