Optimizing your entrance hall
Entrance halls in many homes are small or filled with all sorts of clutter, such as boots, bags, shoes, coats, hats and umbrellas. To make this space more functional, as well as more attractive, draw on the following tips for inspiration.
Tidy it up
First of all, find a place to store everything that doesn’t absolutely have to be left on the floor of your front hall. The reason is simple: in an emergency, objects left on the floor can cause people to trip and fall during an evacuation or hinder firefighters trying to get into your home.
One good way to keep the floor as clear as possible is to install some hooks and shelves. If space allows, put boots and shoes under a bench next to a wall or on a shelf. A bench is a great solution; in addition to hiding boots and shoes, it also gives you a place to put things temporarily and to sit down while putting on your shoes.
Entrance halls are often subjected to daily abuse from all those comings and goings, especially if your family includes sports-crazy teenagers. If that’s the case, why not protect the lower parts of the walls with a resilient material — think tile, wainscoting or metal — up to a height of about four feet?
Once your entrance hall is functional and safe, transform it into a truly welcoming area by decorating it in the style of your choice.