Entryway & Mudroom Inspiration & Ideas {Coat Closets, DIY Built Ins, Benches, Shelves and Storage Solutions}

Entryway & Mudroom Inspiration & Ideas {Coat Closets, DIY Built Ins, Benches, Shelves and Storage Solutions}

Sprucing up the entryway is definitely one thing on this years to-do that I am actually looking forward to tackling. Typically it’s the first thing you see when you enter your home and the last thing you see when leaving – and probably one of the easiest spaces to makeover.

Whether you have a dedicated mudroom, small coat closet or just a little open space, this weeks inspiration post contains ideas to creative storage solutions to help get your entryway in check.

{Coat Closets}

{Source: Martha Stewart}

{Source: California Closets}

{Source: Real Simple}

{Source: Real Simple}

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}Open Closet {no doors}

{Custom Built-Ins}

{Source: Kraftmaid}

{Source: Crown Point}

{Source: This Old House}

{Source: Plans Now}DIY Custom Built Entryway Plans

{Source: Kraftmaid}

{Source: Connor Homes}

{Source: Southern Living}

{Source: This Old House}How to Build a Mudroom Bench

{Source: Southern Living}Built In Under Stair Storage

{Free Standing Options}

{Source: Country Living}

{Source: Restoration Hardware}Shutter Weathered Oak 3-Bin Entry Locker ~ $1295

{Source: Pottery Barn}Brady 4-Piece Double Bench Entryway System ~ $1239

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}Freestanding Unit made with Ikea Billy Bookcases and a Wall Cabinet

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}Build a Room Divider that creates an Entryway ~ instructions included

{Source: House and Home}Build a Portable Mudroom – instructions included

{Source: Family Handy Man}Build a Set of Storage Lockers – instructions included

{Source: Home Depot}Build a Kid Size Storage Box – instructions included

{Source: House and Home}Create Storage with a Armoire Furniture Piece

{Hooks, Pegs, Shelves & Benches}

{Source: Sarah Richardson}

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}

{Source: Pottery Barn}Samantha Entryway Collection ~ $229 to $549

{Source: Pottery Barn}Samantha Entryway Collection ~ $229 to $549

{Source: Pottery Barn}Samantha Entryway Collection ~ $229 to $549

{Source: Coastal Living}

{Source: Martha Stewart}Build a Basket Shaker Peg Rack – instructions included

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}

{Source: Martha Stewart}

{Source: Better Home and Gardens}

{Source: Real Simple}

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}

{Source: Martha Stewart}Repurpose Old Metal Mailboxes as Coat Hangers and Organizers

{Source: Better Home and Gardens}
{Hall Trees}
{Source: Taylored For Texas}Hall Trees Made from Antique Doors ~ neat idea

{Source: LG Custom Woodworking}Another Salvaged Door Turned Hall Tree

{Source: Green Honey Hive}True Trash to Treasure Hall Tree {made with cabinets, range hood, a door}

{Storage Solutions}

{Source: Martha Stewart}

{Source: Martha Stewart}Make an Accessory Organizer with Lumber and Metal Baskets

{Source: Real Simple}Wall Mounted Ikea Skär Cabinet

{Source: Martha Stewart}Roll out storage bins tucked under a bench are a great storage solution if you do not have the closet space

{Source: Real Simple}Hang Larger Bags on Shower Curtain Hooks

{Source: Martha Stewart}Bucket Umbrella Storage

{Source: Martha Stewart}Make a Custom Key Rack from a Picture Frame

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}DIY Shadow Box Key Organizer

{Shoe and Boot Organization}
{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}Shoe Cubbies

{Source: Do It Yourself}Build a Savvy Shoe Storage Tower from Reclaimed Crates – instructions included

{Source: Real Simple}Create Shoe Storage with a Recycled Wine Box

{Source: Real Simple}Use a Step Stool to Create Additional Stacked Storage

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}Tile Insert Shoe Spot

{Source: Country Living}Custom Built Boot Rack

{Source: Welly Racks}Hanging Wellington Boot Rack

{Source: Martha Stewart}Pebble Filled Boot Tray

{Source: Good Housekeeping}DIY Cork Boot Tray

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}Cookie Pan and Cooling Rack Shoe Drop Off

{Source: Apartment Therapy}

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

The Sunday Showcase Party post will be up tonight – Hope you’ll stop by and join in the fun! I am excited to see what everyone has in store this week! Until then ~ Enjoy!


  1. Hi Stephanie Lynn-

    Ooohh la la… I love all of them! Thanks for providing so many inspiring images with ideas on how to make a mudroom not look like a muddy room. 🙂
    My best- Diane

  2. These pictures are great and so inspiring! Thank you for sharing them with us. Quite a few of them are very “do-able!”

  3. Hi Stephanie Lynn,
    So many great inspiration pics. I have some locker baskets and love the idea from Martha Stewart to hang them. Looks like an easy project that I could manage.

  4. Such eye candy! I am loving ALL of these! This is exactly what I want to do for my entryway. Thanks for the inspiration! :0)

  5. Great inspiration! I had to laugh, I have turned my coat closet into storage for my overflow decorating! Thank goodness we don’t wear alot of coats!

  6. That was a lot of work, oh my! I only wish I had the space for a mud room. Also some of those just made me laugh, I mean really who only has two coats.

  7. I love it alll!!!! I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s so nice to see all of these ideas. I have one teeny tiny entry way that needs a small system and a larger mudroom/laundry room/enclosed breeze way from garage to home that needs help! GREAT INSPIRATIONS~ Appreciate it so much Stephanie!

  8. love love love all these pictures – thanks for sharing! definitely gave me some good inspiration

  9. I think you have found the best of the best for functional and gorgeous entries and storage.

    I love the Martha Stewart lumber and wire basket storage idea; perfect for small spaces like mine.

  10. Some very cute ideas. I wonder who has only two or three coats in their coat closet like some of the photos though. Surely not me. Mine is full to the brim with coats.

  11. These are great ideas – and there are a TON of them! Awesome post!

  12. Whoa! That post was huuuuuge! So much fun though. I love looking at entryways. We built a “row of hooks over a bench” type of entryway and it works great. It’s perfect for getting kids to hang their own stuff up.

  13. Wow! this is an amazing post, you put so much work into it! Also a great subject about an often overlooked area of the house, but one with such potential! I have a friend who has turned her front closet into a jewel of a mini cloakroom, with Ralph Lauren gold paint, a mahogany table; I wish i could show you a picture of it! (ps if you have time to visit today, i’d love to have you enter into my first giveaway!) xo Anne

  14. Thanks for all the inspiration! I so wish I had a mudroom! Maybe in my next house. Ana White (my other favorite blog) has some free plans for an entryway locker. Several ones I think but here’s a link for the DIY types.


  15. After my master bedroom is complete, my entry is my next project – thanks for all the inspiration!

    I need some ideas for my master to go with my bedding. Can you stop by my page and give some feedback? It would be much appreciated! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Wow! What a collection of inspirational pictures!! You really did a marvelous job putting this together!! Angie xo

  17. Well, believe it or not, I do have a Hall Tree, but not made out of an old door, beautiful still..

    I love the idea of the hanging boot rack.. Is that house for sale? I’ll buy it! 🙂

  18. I love your inspiration posts!

  19. LOTS of great inspiration!!! (=

  20. Ah, so inspiring! I made a coat hook and it’s one of my favorite pieces in the house. http://julieblanner.blogspot.com/2010/07/coat-hook-diy-home-decor.html I plan to find a suitable cookie sheet today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. this was an awesome post…so so much inspiratio here! You’ve created the PERFECT collection.

  22. This is amazing! It must have taken you days to put all of this together. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. SUch amazing ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Gorgeous pics, I love these great ideas!

  25. Stephanie A. :

    Beautiful ideas!



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