Entryway sofa ideas can pack a punch for both style and function. Because what is such a simple and often small piece of furniture can still add more design interest – not to mention an extra spot to furnish as you wish – to this important space.
After all, you pass through your foyer every day and receive guests there, which means you always need your entrance ideas to look perfect. Rest assured that the polished look and extra storage space a sofa can provide will give you a great first impression of your home.
Ideas for benches in the hallway
Practical, beautiful and a dream to decorate, entryway benches can give your foyer more personality than you might have imagined.
Lindye Galloway from California, Owner and Creative Director of the Lindye Galloway Design Studio & Shop (opens in new tab) says, ‘First impressions are everything! An entryway really sets the tone for the entire home and is the first place loved ones and guests see when they arrive. Make it count!’
Benches play an important role and complete even the most beautiful hallway ideas with their many uses. You can of course sit on them to put on and take off your shoes, they can be used to hold essentials such as mail and keys, but above all they will make your entrance more interesting.
1. Keep your sofa area at the entrance tidy
“I always think an access bank is so handy,” explains Sam Hood, co-founder and chief creative director at amara (opens in new tab).
‘It brings comfort and functionality to your daily routine and creates a stylish and welcoming look. I’d say try to keep this as tidy as possible, it’s too easy to use as a landfill, which would spoil the aesthetics and give your guests a first look inside your home.’
2. Match your sofa with a coat rack
For a cohesive look, match your sofa with other furniture you have in your hallway. This storage rail for tall clothes and shoes matches the sofa and helps to work the space.
Both are super practical and because the metal frames are thin they don’t take up much visual space – meaning you can ‘see’ through both units while keeping the entrance light and airy.
3. Go old school for the whole family
Similar to school style designs, this hallway bench gives you hanging space for coats and scarves, space for sports equipment and most importantly, a place for everyone to sit while putting on or taking off their shoes, just like you would in a mudroom.
This style is ideal for those who love the industrial look and will go with any color scheme.
4. What could be more exciting than a real sofa?
Super cool and stylish, if you can get your hands on a real sofa then you absolutely should. This design from British Graham & Green (opens in new tab) uses a classic sofa structure but with three wire baskets underneath for shoes, bags and accessories.
You can plop on a sheepskin to cozy up and it’s big enough for two people to sit together while they get ready.
5. Choose light wood for a light and airy feel
The great thing about light wood is that it makes a room look bright and if your space is on the dark side a pale wood will help aside from choosing lighter colors for the hallway paint like white.
An entrance bench doesn’t have to be luxurious, it can be a simple yet beautiful design and still be practical. A curved corner design also ensures no one gets bruised if bumped into it.
6. Give your sofa a double use
If space is premium, opt for entryway sofa ideas that give you more than just a chair. Choosing a radiator and seat combination is practical to give you warmth after, say, a cold walk outside, while also being able to easily get rid of muddy shoes and jackets.
Match the seat of your radiator with other items in the hall, such as a coat rack or a sideboard for a smart storage solution in the hallway that is also stylish.
7. Make it cozy with an upholstered design
We tend to think that entrance benches should have wooden seats, and while most do, you can pick a design that’s comfortable to boot with an upholstered seat.
A design like this has a flip-up lid, so there’s plenty of storage underneath, making it ideal if you want a more streamlined, uncluttered look as you can hide it completely.
“Space can be so hard to find, especially in a hallway. The best way to organize a compact space is to let your furniture do more for you. Opt for multifunctional pieces to expand your storage space. For example, an ottoman disguised as a storage drum is always a big winner.’ says Patricia Gibbons, part of the design team at sofa.com (opens in new tab).
8. Create interest around your access bank
‘This entrance bench has a Scandinavian look! With its focus on clean and simple lines, it achieves functionality without sacrificing beauty. In this case, we placed an oversized neutral landscape over the sofa to ground the space and create a nice contrast and interest.” explains Galloway.
9. Stay sleek with teak wood
For an authentic finish, go for entryway sofa decor ideas that are simple. This handcrafted, simple design works because of the natural beauty of the wood and clean design lines.
A spindle back adds comfort and sets it apart from a standard sofa. The color of the wood makes it easy to match with, for example, an entryway rug, while a coconut fiber runner, a wooden-framed mirror and storage baskets are all great ideas to go with it.
10. Make your entrance bench match your walls
We love this look, the gray and black on the walls match the upholstered sofa perfectly.
The result is a really smart look that has a modern feel, even though the sofa has classically shaped legs. This kind of look lends itself to a more minimalist look.
11. A classic custom option
If you’re looking for a more permanent bench that isn’t movable, a built-in design is your answer.
A custom fit works for several reasons, one is that it can be made to fit your schedule perfectly and second, if your entrance is a narrow or awkward space then it can be custom made.
12. Paint your entryway bench to match your schedule
Not all entrances are simple, some may be at the back of the house so you essentially walk straight into the kitchen rather than the more conventional entrance leading to other rooms.
In this case, we love how the sofa at the entrance is painted the same color as the kitchen, so it all fits together perfectly.
How do I choose an entrance bench?
Your entryway sofa should reflect your corporate identity, be it minimalistic or maximalist. What you do have to decide is whether you want it to stand out or stand out. If you tend to change your decor every few years then a classic wood design would be a good choice, that way you can update and paint walls any color but keep the furniture the same.
What do you put in a front door?
In addition to your sofa, there are a number of other items that will be very useful. If you don’t have a bench integrated with pegs, put in a hanging rail for coats and scarves, a console table if you have space – they’re great for setting up a table lamp. Artwork always adds color and a floor runner will protect the floor and add texture. Check out more of our expert ways to decorate a console table for more inspiration.
How high should an entrance bench be?
A bench at the entrance should be long enough to sit comfortably, you don’t want it too low or too high. A standard height that most chairs come in should be fine, but some sofas can be between 18 and 20 inches. It’s really personal preference, so measure before you buy.