Where to store coats and hats in a small entryway, according to design experts

Keep the clothes in your entryway tidy with these top tips

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The most convenient place to hang coats and hats has to be the entryway. It’s the last place you visit before leaving the home, so it just makes sense to have them there to grab and go out in. That being said, they can be a little bulky, so it can be tricky to work out where to store them in a smaller entryway.

I have a little confession: My shopping guilty pleasure is coats. I have way too many of them, and they look awful hung on my living room door. In fact, I’m always fighting with my boyfriend for space. I always thought that my entryway was too tiny to store them — but it turns out there are plenty of smart ways to do just that.

In the same position? If you're in need of small entryway ideas for hanging up your coats and hats, I’ve spoken to experts to find out exactly how you can store them. Your outerwear will be super accessible and decluttered in no time.

This is where you should be storing your coats and hats in a small entryway

I’ve split this into two sections, so whether you’re struggling to store coats, hats, or even both, there are entryway storage ideas aplenty.

First and foremost, when it comes to small entryways, it is important to use every inch of space available. Vertical space, in particular, is a good thing to make the most of, according to Aleks Grigoriev, CEO and co-founder of Priority Home Buyers. He suggests "installing wall hooks or a wall-mounted coat rack" if you can to take your belongings from off the floor and any benches or tables.

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Aleks Grigoriev

Aleks Grigoriev is an interior designer and co-founder of Priority Home Buyers. He specializes in creating unique and functional spaces for clients, while also making sure they are strategically laid out for maximum efficiency. 

These not only serve as functional storage options but can also add visual interest to your entryway. “Install them at varying heights to accommodate coats, hats, and even bags,” adds interior designer Elizabeth Grace. For those who are renting and cannot permanently install wall hooks, there are a lot of adhesive options available. These can be easily removed without causing any damage. 

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Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace is an interior designer who was born and raised in Philadelphia. After receiving her degree in Interior design from the University of Notre Dame, she moved to New York to pursue her dream of becoming an interior designer. Her passion drives her to create a platform to share her experience and facilitate her audience.

If your small entryway isn’t too narrow, you could also consider a coat tree. "These slim, vertical stands come equipped with hooks for coats, hats, and even umbrellas," explains Grace. Just one of these would work both functionally and aesthetically. 

Where to store hats in a small entryway

Let's talk about hats. From baseball hats for summer to beanies for winter, they’re definitely an all-year-round accessory. "Often, they end up on the nearest surface, adding to the clutter," says Grigoriev. To avoid this, he suggests investing in a stylish storage basket or bin. "This can be placed in a corner or under a console table, providing a designated spot for hats while also adding a touch of organization to the space."

Another clever option for storing hats is adding floating shelves to your entryway. "These can be installed above a coat rack or hooks, providing a designated spot for your hats while also freeing up floor space," says Grigoriev. By using these, you can display your hats as decorative pieces, adding a personal touch to your entryway.

As well as this, you could also use multifunctional furniture pieces. “A storage ottoman can be used to store hats and gloves, while providing another seating option in the entryway,” adds Raf Michalowski, interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture.

Raf Michaelowski, Interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture
Raf Michalowski

Raf Michalowski is an interior designer. He is also the founder of Meble Furniture, which is one of the largest leading furniture retailers within North America.

He also suggests getting creative and using unconventional storage solutions, such as hanging baskets for scarves and accessories, or utilizing the back of the entryway door with an over-the-door organizer.  

Tidy up your small entryway with these coat and hat organizers

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Now you’ve got all of your coats and hats tidied up, you can carry on decorating the rest of your hallway. A small entryway rug will add a stylish finishing touch, and will make the space feel welcoming, too. 

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.