How to Create a Fake Entryway / Foyer
Do you have an entryway that opens RIGHT into your living room or dining room? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.
The entryway is undoubtedly one of the rooms that builders pay the LEAST attention to when building a home. In fact, many home builders think that creating an ‘open layout entryway/living room’ is a great idea and I’m pretty sure that these same builders don’t have kids, don’t wear shoes and have never tried to put on lace-up knee-high boots without sitting down.
BTW, I use 100% my OWN e-design client’s photos on my site – and I’m seriously lacking photos for these ideas, but the INFO is still SUPER VALID, so please keep reading!
So what do you do when you have an entryway that is lacking in definition and function? You read this (and drinking wine will also help).
There are 2 ways to make a fake entryway:
The budget-friendly way Using pieces that are moveable and not built-in to the flooring, walls or ceiling.
The more expensive way Creating built-in, non-removable pieces that are permanent fixtures.
Based on the ideas below, you can choose the option that works best for you, your budget and your skills (or lack thereof). However, there is one other thing to consider before starting your project: Resale Value.
People love built-ins. Whether they are beside the fireplace or in an entryway, built-ins are super desirable in the home-buying world. If you have the skills to build something you will add visual value to your home, which usually relates to ‘actual’ value when it comes time to sell. Buyers won’t need to figure out where the hell to put their shoes and coats – you’ll show them where they go (not on the back of the couch or outside the front door).
Anyway, let’s look at some ideas and you can take it from there!
Faux Entryway Idea #1 The Ikea Divider
One of my FAVOURITE pieces from Ikea (other than the Raskog trolley) is the Kallax bookshelf – formerly known as Expedit. Coming in a variety of sizes and finishes, this piece is not just affordable, it’s also HUGELY versatile. Add doors, drawers, baskets, wheels, wine keg – pretty much anything you need to make your entryway more functional.
Now LEGALLY, I can’t use other people’s photos on my site, but I also want you to see this fabulous idea, so check out this link here:
Ikea Divider via Apartment Therapy (here)
Faux Entryway Idea #2 The Bookcase Divider
Taking the Ikea idea and tweaking things a bit, you could use a bookshelf to divide an open entryway from a living room. The key is to find a bookcase that is either open on the back or has a nicely finished backside (kinda like myself…or so I’ve been told).
- If you need function in your entryway, have the shelves facing the front door for shoes and all that jazz
- Want a bookcase next to your couch? Turn it around and have the shelves facing inwards
OR…(drum roll please), butt 2 of the same shelving units together so you have shelves on BOTH sides. You can then get someone half handy to make you a waterfall style wood top and side (to cover the seam where the shelves meet each other). Either that or spend the big bucks and have some marble or quartz cut to cover the top and 1 exposed side of your bookcase.
Faux Entryway Idea #3 Use What You Have
The most budget friendly option of all! You can define your entryway simply by positioning your furniture in the right spot. Try placing a longer piece (couch/loveseat) so that it creates a ‘faux’ wall (faux being the super snob way of saying fake). You can then do any of the above ideas BEHIND the couch to add some storage and function!
Faux Entryway Idea #4 Bench, Baskets and More…
This idea isn’t too hard on the money bags. And again, no photo, but a link to an EXCELLENT project to check out via Via Growing Sound Roots. Looks like you’ll need a half-decent pony wall and some paint-grade wood and you’ll have yourself some function and definition!
The above project works great for a few reasons…
- It clearly defines the entryway from the living room
- There is a bench for ye ole toosh
- The light can flow from the living room to the entryway without being 100% blocked
- There is storage underneath for baskets and shoes
To see more photos of this project, Alison takes us on a walk-thru of her living space in this blog post – Dream Living Room and Entry – Black and White Craftsman Style
Faux Entryway Idea #5 A Built-in Bookcase
This is my FAVE idea of them all…built-in bookcase via Thrifty Decor Chick
I love this idea. And if you visit Thrifty Decor Chick, you’ll see how she did it from start to finish! Notice how it’s built-in so that it looks original to the home, rather than an after-thought. And while this project isn’t for the faint of heart, it also isn’t rocket science if you’re so inclined!
Ready to bust out the saw? Check out these instructions for how to make a Columned Room Divider.
So there you have it my friends – I hope you enjoyed and found some ideas to try in your own home!
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