What Are the Different Types of Entryway Furniture?

Dan Cavallari

Perhaps the most common type of entryway furniture is the entryway bench, though other types of furniture are available to make the entryway more organized and attractive. An entryway cubby is a great way to store shoes, and a hanging cubby can be useful for storing hats and other objects. Such hanging cubbies often feature coat hooks as well to keep coats organized in the entryway. Simpler entryway furniture includes coat hooks or even simple key hooks that are very small and designed to hold keys and small objects only.

Foyer tables are furniture pieces placed in entryways to hold often used items such as keys, cell phones, or mail.
Foyer tables are furniture pieces placed in entryways to hold often used items such as keys, cell phones, or mail.

The entryway bench is a piece of entryway furniture that combines several convenient elements: storage, convenience, and aesthetics. The bench can be sat on when putting on shoes or taking them off; the mirror on the backing can be used to check one's makeup, hair, or necktie before heading out the door; the coat hooks can keep coats organized and easily accessible; and the storage underneath the bench seat can allow a person to store blankets, boots, or other larger objects. This is a convenient and attractive piece of entryway furniture, but with or without the backing, the entryway bench will take up a significant amount of space in the entryway, so careful measurements will need to be taken before purchasing such a unit.

A small table is a good choice for entryway furniture that will not take up too much space. This table is useful for improving the aesthetic of an entryway and it can be used to support a plant or piece of art, such as a sculpture. It can also simply be used for holding keys, sunglasses, and other objects one is likely to need when heading out the door. The style of the table will vary according to the homeowner's preferences, and the size and shape can vary as well. One will need to consider the amount of space in the entryway when choosing a size and shape.

A coat rack is a piece of entryway furniture that was very common in the past but has been less common in modern times. The coat rack can fit in a corner and will hold several coats as well as hats. For a vintage look, this is a good option for keeping coats and hats organized and neat in the entryway. The space required for a coat rack is fairly minimal, since the unit is tall and thin.

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I have a refinished church pew and a coat rack right inside my front door. It is so interesting to me that the coat rack hardly ever gets used! When people come in, almost all of the time they will just leave their coats on the pew. I have even left a coat or two hanging on the coat rack to see if that will make a difference and it never does.

It doesn't matter to me where people leave their coats, it is just nice that there is some kind of entryway storage for them, but most would rather use the pew than the coat rack. You don't see as many of them as you used to, but they are nice because they don't take up much space.


A simple storage bench is a piece of furniture that can have many uses. I bought one that matched my decor and has storage underneath for shoes. Having some kind of entryway storage is really helpful at keeping things in order.

It is also nice to have something to sit down on when putting on your shoes. Because I have a small space, I didn't have room for a chair and a bench. This way the bench can serve more than one purpose.

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