How to succeed in designing your new entryway
Entryway, hall, corridor or entrance. We know this room can be called a million things – and sometimes has so many purposes that finding solutions to them can get in the way of your best ideas. If you are in the middle of designing an improved entryway, we are behind you all the way. So, let us lead you through this maze of well-known dilemmas that all have a well-designed solution that we like to call Danish design!
First impressions always last - but they'll linger with Danish design
If windows are the eyes of a house, then the entryway is the handshake. It's where you welcome your guests, friends and relatives, and they get a first impression of you and your home. To many people, this gives the look and design of the entryway priority over other choices.
So let us show you the simple design trick of using the same design series of cabinets in your entryway that your guests will later see in your kitchen and elsewhere in your home.
Furniture for the narrow entryway? Here are 3 ideas
Known entryway dilemmas - and their design solutions
All houses have a room where the outer door is located - and that room is often caught in the middle. It can be drafty or too small to optimise the living space properly, it's where you need to do so many things. Take off your dirty shoes or wet coats, used for seasonal storage, and it's not really part of the warm centre of your home. It is 'only' the entryway, and everyone just wants to hurry out of it. But it serves unavoidable needs. It's where you greet your guests, and it displays your personal style.
Some hallways appear so small and narrow that they are just for passing through. But the fact is, it's where you come in and take off your coat, so it needs to be functional.
When you have a narrow hallway, the design must be focused on respecting the traffic pattern and facilitating a sense of organised order. Keep the path completely free with a sliding door wardrobe solution. Choose ample lighting. Storage in an entryway should be wall mounted and high enough to give the impression the walkway is unhindered - preferably at shoulder level. Read about Legno or X-module here.
Where a hallway or an entrance leads towards the back of the house or garden, it tends to become secondary. But back door dilemmas need the same intelligent solutions, you don't want your storage to get in the way of home traffic.
So, perhaps you'll consider a smaller drawer for gloves, scarves and knitted hats. But adding even more furniture tends to clog up a hallway – so we suggest one comprehensive storage solution. It could even be cool to include a bench for sitting down and taking off your shoes, especially in winter when you've got all your layers on!
All entryways differ, so there's no one-size-fits-all. We suggest this rule of thumb:
- Keep the natural walking path free
- Chose optimal, comprehensive, entryway storage solutions
- Give a feel of your style as soon as you walk through the door
How much furniture does your entryway need?
We suggest you consider the answer: "None" - and choose to transform the hallway with built-in storage furniture tucked into the wall. It could be a sliding door wardrobe, or in this case, the Bordo with ample high storage - and a bench where you can sit down to lace your shoes on the way out.
Entryway storage - big enough to take the weight off your shoulders
So, in an average entryway, a key consideration is plenty of storage room, perfectly equipped for shoes and overcoats, and looks stunning too. We suggest considering high cabinets to optimise the space. All our wardrobe design series come in several dimensions – we even have some in XXL that add extra storage volume. See our wardrobe designs here.