Furniture that works well in an entryway serves the needs of those entering and exiting the space, and examples of such pragmatic furniture includes benches with storage, full length mirrors, coat racks and console tables for keys and mail. The furniture in an entryway must be carefully selected and positioned to avoid obstructing the entryway.
When selecting pieces for an entryway, it is important to understand who uses that entryway. If it is used for entertaining guests, it may be advisable to leave the entryway more clear. A clear and open entryway may feature only a coat rack mounted on the wall if there is no nearby closet and a centered console table with a centerpiece that displays the owner's personal tastes.
If the entryway is the primary entrance to the home, then having benches or chairs as well as a full length mirror makes a significant difference when using it for entering and exiting. It is the space used when putting on shoes or a coat, and it serves as the last chance to look in the mirror before leaving the space.
For those with limited space, there are furniture pieces that have a coat rack built into a full length mirror with a bench and storage below the bench. If an entryway's space is very limited, mounting a small coat rack and developing the habit of putting shoes away in a closet may prove helpful.