Entryway coat & shoe organization ideas

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Entryway coat & shoe organization ideas
A coat rack can help you keep your entryway organised. (towel rack image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

When you are trying to get a fresh and uncluttered look for your room, start with the coats and shoes in your entryway. Entryways are frequently narrow, crowded areas, and a mess of shoes and a tangle of coats will only make it worse. Getting the coats and shoes organised is a good way to open up the door to your home and to keep things looking clean.

Wall Pegs

Wooden pegs attached to the wall at regular intervals will give your guests a place to hang their coats and have the benefit of keeping the coats separate and unwrinkled. This takes up less space than a coat rack and is a good way to keep the coats organised. Look for wall pegs that can be painted to match your decor Metal hooks can also be used for this purpose.


If you have several pairs of shoes that you do not wear every day, but which you like to keep on hand, cubbies are a great way to keep them available but off the floor. Choose a cubby structure that is lifted slightly off the ground to keep it from looking slapdash. Also check to make sure that the cubbies are suited to the size of the shoes you and your guests wear. Buying a cubby structure without checking the size can lead to you owning something made for a preschool.

Coat Trees

While they will take up a certain amount of floor space, coat trees will give you a very classic solution toward organising your entryway. Some coat trees are very plain, while others are more fanciful and made to be seen. Coat trees do well when they only hold a limited number of coats. Piling too many coats on a coat tree can make it seem large and cluttered.


Adding a narrow bench to your entryway can provide people with a place to sit and remove their shoes. You can also line your shoes up underneath the bench with the toes pointing toward the wall. While this will not organise your shoes, it will remove the shoes from sight, creating less visual clutter. Benches can also come with cubbies for shoes built in underneath.

Wall Shelves with Hooks

Wall shelves with hooks provide you with a place to hang your coat as well as a spot for other accessories like hats and gloves. Wall shelves of this type are usually made as a solid shelf with a board along the lower edge. The board is where the hooks are installed and the entire shelf can be hung in your entryway.

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