Op­ti­miz­ing your en­trance hall

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE/COMMUNITY -

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.

Pro­tect it

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.

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