The entryway is often an undervalued place in a man's home. But it's the last place you see when you leave and the place that greets you (and your guests) when you arrive.The reality is that most of us lack the spacious foyers typically seen in movies or interior design coffee table books. But even the most minuscule of entryways can be fashioned into a smart looking vestibule that's as functional as it is handsome. The key is keeping the mess to a minimum while maximizing the utility. Remember, a clean space will always look larger than a cluttered one. After all, you don't need a lot in this area. But you will want to make sure it covers the necessities of any entryway—a landing pad for your mail, somewhere to stash your keys and other everyday carry items, along with a place to put on your shoes and give yourself a once-over before heading out the door.
Trays and boxes are smart ways to house your everyday items while keeping the space tidy and pulled together. A wall-mounted mirror and a clock are two items you'll want to check before running out.
Walnut mirror with shelf,
$69.99 by Project 62
$35 by Newgate
Oxidized storage box,
$49 / $29.99 by West Elm
Seating and Storage
You likely don't have a lot of room to work with, so opt for narrow pieces with a lean profile to maximize space. A place where you can toss your keys and put on your shoes. Here are different options in a range of sizes.
Powder coated steel shelf,
$46 by Most Modest
Magnetic key rack with tray,
$22 by Yamazaki
Steel and marble bench
$1,500 / $1,200 by Afteroom for Menu
Keep a jar of gum handy for guests and for grabbing before you head out the door. These minty Chiclet-style pieces are sweetened with all-natural, sugar-free (and dentist-recommended) xylitol.
Pur cool mint gum, $4.99 (for 55 pieces) at Amazon