In our opinion, the entryway is one of the most important areas of the house because, besides the facade, it makes the first impression when visitors step into your home! We love using our entryway as a place to set the tone and make our aesthetic and some of our passions clear right off the bat, so people feel like they’re getting to know us a little bit. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new, awesome DIY decor pieces we can make to create a sense of welcoming in that first room of our home!
Just in case you love the idea of making a few new DIY home decor pieces for your own entryway just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. River rock boot tray
If you live in a wintery place like we do, then you already know all too well how much of a mess snow covered boots can make when you come inside. They melt dirty water all over the floor, making things slippery and leaving marks. That’s why we loved this boot mat suggestion from Heart Maine Home so much! They show you how to make it using actual river rocks and pebbles.
2. DIY industrial coat rack
Does your house fall somewhere in that popular and ever impressive looking aesthetic that blends rustic chics with elements of vintage industrial? Well, even if you’re just starting out in building that style and only have a few pieces, this particular shelving project from Beneath My Heart will look great. Their tutorial shows you how to make a simple floating coat and bag rack from reclaimed wood and black piping.
3. DIY plank wall
Are you actually the kind of handy person who isn’t afraid of a challenge? Maybe you’ve just been thinking about making a change in your entryway that’s a little more permanent. In either case, we’d definitely suggest checking out how Little House of Four transformed an entire wall with wooden planks for a slightly more farmhouse chic effect!
4. Wood and pipe entryway stand
Were you very intrigued indeed by the wood and pipe industrial rack we showed you but you have a large family who requires more than just a few hooks to keep your entryway neat and tidy? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with this idea from Making Home Base! Their tutorial teaches you step by step how this fantastic entryway stand with hangers, a seat, and basket storage was made.
5. DIY vintage spool wall hook
Perhaps you love the idea of including little vintage elements around your home, but it’s just you living there and you only need an outside hook for the things you wear daily, like your purse and favourite denim jacket? Then we’d be willing to bet you’ll have better luck with something like this vintage spool turned wall hook, which At Home in Love is here to show you how to do.
6. Rustic wooden pallet bench
Did we actually almost hold your attention when we started talking about the concept of making a nice, rustic inspired wooden bench for your entryway because there’s currently nowhere for people to sit when they’re putting their shoes on, but you don’t think you have space for the size of the full standing rack? Then grab the wooden pallet you’ve been hoping to reclaim in a practical way and check out how My Sophia Ryan made this nice stained bench!
7. Colourful wall mounted crate shelves
Of course, pallets and 2×4 boards aren’t the only wooden things you can reclaim or repurpose in your entryway. We’re actually such huge fans of how Thea’s Mania made use of some old wooden crates that we’ve followed suit and created the same storage solution in our own home! Their tutorial shows you how they painted, turned, and mounted the crates at different heights across the wall to make some cubby storage for bags and shoes. We love their pastel theme!
8. Cute hand painted floral key holder
Are you the kind of busy person who is always putting your keys down somewhere and losing them if you don’t put them in the exact same place every single day? We’er actually pretty bad for that too, which is why we opted to make ourselves a key hanging shelf. Now we always know where they are! Check out how How About made this shelf with lots of hooks for each family member’s keys, using their hand painting skills to decorate the wooden base.
9. Chevron wooden wall coat rack
Just in case you’re still thinking about how much yo loved the idea of a wooden coat rack but you need a version that’s smaller than most of what you’ve seen but hangs more things than the singular spool idea, here’s a tutorial that we think will work a little better! Take a closer look to see how Ginger and The Huth made this rustic chevron reclaimed wood hanger in just surprisingly few simple steps.
10. Floating copper piping shoe rack
Are you actually still thinking about how much you liked the pipe idea for making some kind of entryway rack but the space that you have to work with is very small and the only thing you really want to organize is all of the shoes that usually cover the floor there? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Fresh Crush made these simple low floating shelves from copper piping and simple black braces.
11. Coloured knob hanger wall
What if your favourite entryway idea so far was actually the knob concept because you’ve always liked its simplicity, but you already know you’re going to need more than one? Maybe you’re just looking for a concept that’s a little more colourful than the vintage spool idea we showed you earlier. In that case, perhaps you’d prefer the way Design Fixation turned plain little drawer knobs into scattered rainbow wall hangers all over one wall!
12. Upcycled wooden door leaning front table
Perhaps the wooden thing that you’ve got set aside to be taken apart and reclaimed isn’t any of what you’ve seen so far? Well, if your entryway could use another shelf or side table a lot more than it could use coat hooks and you can get your hands on an old door, then we think you’ll really get a kick out of the way Kim Werker built this unique leaning cubby shelf! It’s actually quite simple, making it a great project for beginners in woodworking.
13. Colourful repurposed shutter wall decor
Did we hit the nail on the head when we started talking about having old wooden housing elements free for the upcycling but it’s not actually a door that you have available? Well, there are some stunning ways to turn old window shutters into home decor too! We really admire the simple way Southern Hospitality gave their shutters a coat of bright paint but let them keep that kitschy slightly weathered look, then hung them on either side of their entry table to frame it stylishly.
14. Entryway chalkboard calendar
Maybe you’re loving this theme of things that are decorative and organizational at the same time, but it’s not the physical things in your family’s lives that currently need to be kept tidy? In that case, maybe you’d benefit from making your own version of this lovely vintage framed chalkboard hallway schedule outlined step by easy step on Sincerely, Sara D!
15. Entryway closet to bench and nook
Perhaps a whole space with drawers or baskets, a seat, and some hanger space is what you’d ideally like to build in your entryway but you don’t actually have the space to have it sit further out from the wall? Well, if you’ve got a spare closet that you can redistribute the things inside from, then we think you’ll get a kick out of the way The House of Smiths transformed that space into a front hall nook that offers everything you need in one tucked away place!
Have you made other fantastic DIY entryway projects that you were very proud of indeed and still use or have on display today but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!