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14 Ikea Entryway Hacks and Solutions

Originally contributed by Amanda Naccarato • last updated 1/15/2021

Long are the days of searching the house for your misplaced keys and cursing your makeshift shoe rack that always yields mismatched runners. With these clever Ikea entryway hacks, you can transform your untidy home entrance into an organized space that’s as functional as it is stylish. 

From a wire basket coat rack to a mudcloth-upholstered bench, explore the crafty solutions for your foyer below.

1. Built-in Storage Unit

Creating a storage built-in for your entryway doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Using a combination of Ikea storage units like a wall console, tv stand, and buffet cabinet is a relatively inexpensive dupe. The result is a stunning custom feature that helps organize your entry space and makes getting ready to leave in the morning a breeze.

2. Upholstered SKOGSTA Bench 

If you’re looking to add a chic yet cozy piece to your front entryway, look no further than this DIY upholstered bench. Using mudcloth fabric, foam, and padding, Ikea’s SKOGSTA wooden bench is completely transformed into a stunning foyer seating area perfect for even the tiniest of home entrances.

3. Upcycled Trellis Pegboard

Upcycling trellis, like Ikea’s ASKHOLMEN, into a pegboard storage unit is an inexpensive and crafty solution for small entryways with limited floor space. For a pop of color, add a coat of paint to both the trellis and cut dowels. Finish the project with a lamp — this design uses the HEKTAR — attached to the top to create a sleek floor-to-ceiling organization system.

4. Bed Slat Wall Hanger

Bed slats used to support the weight of a mattress on a bed frame may be the most unorthodox Ikea entryway hack on the list, but this DIY is a game-changer. The relatively inexpensive do-it-yourself project requires only one LURÖY slatted bed base. The wooden unit is simply hung to the wall, and that’s it! Pretty easy, right? Hang baskets, fashion accessories, or even shoes onto the sturdy wood planks — the vertical feature allows so many storage options.

5. Floating IVAR Cabinet

This floating IVAR cabinet may be small in stature, but its storage capability is mighty. The console is attached directly to the wall and leaves ample room under the unit for other Ikea entryway hacks, like a pair of wire baskets. 

6. Billy Bookcase Storage Unit

Transform the coveted BILLY bookcase into a stunning entryway organizer. With a coat of vibrant paint and some chic wallpaper, this crafty bookshelf hack can be customized to fit your foyer’s storage needs and interior aesthetic.

7. Door Knob Hooks

Door knobs installed directly onto the wall can easily double as minimalist coat hooks. Ikea offers a variety of door knobs and handles to fit your entryway aesthetic and storage needs. The ENERYDA, for instance, is sold in packs of two for $6 and comes in three different finishes. It’s also sturdy enough to hang everyday outerwear items like jackets, purses, and umbrellas.

8. Rail Coat Hanger

The FINTORP rail, typically used for kitchen storage, can double as a sleek coat rack perfect for any entryway. The rail, hooks, and baskets are sold separately, meaning you can personalize the minimalist rack to hang outerwear while simultaneously housing your mail, wallet, and keys.

9. KALLAX Bench

The KALLAX shelf has proven its versatility as one of the most sought after Ikea products among DIYers. This cost-friendly KALLAX project sees the single bookshelf turned on its side to create a simple bench with cubby storage. The DIY is then taken up another level with an attached built-in unit complete with a top shelf and metal hooks.

10. VITTSJÖ Laptop Desk Entryway Console

While the VITTSJÖ laptop desk is traditionally used in home offices and bedrooms, this one turns a workspace into a foyer console. The desk itself is only 14 inches in depth, making it an optimal choice for smaller entryways looking to maximize every inch of space. Consider installing a stained wood board on top of the black steel desk for a bohemian chic finish.

11. Wire Basket Coat Rack

Convert a wire basket, like Ikea’s AURDAL, into a minimalist coat rack that offers inner storage as well as a handy top shelf. All that’s required in this simple entryway hack is attaching the basket to the wall with screws to ensure the unit is secure. Suspend S-hooks from the bottom wires, and you’ve got a chic rack ready to house even the heaviest of outerwear.

12. BEKVÄM Spice Rack And SVARTSJÖN Hook Duo

Add some spice to your entryway with this kitchen rack-turned-entryway storage unit. The shelf and hook combo is made from a BEKVÄM spice rack and SVARTSJÖN towel holder. Store mail, wallets, and sunglasses in the rack, while dangling keys, winter coats, or umbrellas from the hooks — the wall feature is so versatile!

13. Turn KALLAX Shelves Into Cubby Storage

With a mix of pull-out drawers and cubby-style storage, the KALLAX shelf unit is the perfect organization system for those with spacious entryways. The shelf is turned on its side creating a long wall feature with eight open boxes for an endless number of insert options. Paint the structure to add a pop of color to your home entrance, or leave it white for a simplistic look.

14. RIBBA Magnetic Key Holder

Never lose your house keys again with this magnetic key holder shelf. As one of the simplest Ikea entryway hacks on the list, this clever solution requires only two materials: magnets and a RIBBA picture ledge. The floating unit is not only inexpensive but is also a great alternative to bulky storage cabinets that take up plenty of floor area in a tiny foyer nook.

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