A storage bench in a small entry does triple duty as seating, a hideaway for clutter and a key element of the foyer decor. Choose a bench that mirrors or sets the decor style for the entry, from rustic folk art to jazzy Art Deco to spare contemporary. Take careful measurements, and hunt for a bench that doesn't block the free movement of the door or unrestricted access to the adjoining rooms.
A built-in bench takes full advantage of every square inch of space when it contains a seat-to-floor storage compartment and a narrow back with wall hooks for coats or shelves for bags and hats. A simple rustic bench with a shallow fold-up seat is a place to stash the dog's leash, reusable shopping bags or other entryway conveniences. It's also a handy seat for putting on or taking off boots, which can be tucked away on the floor under the seat.
Repurpose an antique trunk with loads of character as a bench deep enough to hold sports equipment or off-season coats and gear. Tuck an upholstered pouf with a lift-up seat under a small mirrored vanity for a quick appearance check before heading out and bonus extra storage.