If you saw my home improvement wish list post, you know that I have a TON of projects and updates I want to tackle this summer. Today I’m sharing one of these projects: hanging new entryway hooks.

I’ve realized that it’s necessary to change our spaces to fit the season of our lives. Right now, I have two 3 year olds, and one space that really needed to change was the entryway.

Our house has a fairly big entryway, but it wasn’t very organized and the mess was driving me crazy.  The kids couldn’t reach any of the hooks, so they either dropped their stuff on the floor or handed it to me to hang up. I want to teach them to keep their spaces neat and clean and to be responsible for their own stuff, so this wasn’t cutting it.

Here is what it looked like before.

View from the living room to the front door:

Entryway before

And a view of the long wall with the bench:

Entryway before

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The main problem was the cheapo plastic coat rack (on the left in the picture above) that I bought 5 years ago as a “temporary” solution. It wasn’t very sturdy, and sometimes fell over if we put too much stuff on it. But because the kids couldn’t reach the hooks,  they just dropped their coats on the floor and I had to hang them up for them. I knew the solution was putting hooks in here at kid height, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted them to look like or where I should hang them. And I didn’t want to spend a ton of money (duh).

Enter Home Depot clearance:

Home Depot clearance hooks

I scored these rustic hooks on clearance for $3.82 each! I bought all 4 that were left in the display.  I can’t find them on the Home Depot website, but here are some similar ones from Amazon.

Once I brought them home I moved things around a bit to see where they might fit. I settled on putting them on the left side of the long wall, and sliding the bench all the way to the right.

Entryway hooks DIY

They were super easy to put up. I just followed the directions that came in the box. They came with dry wall anchors, which make them really sturdy. My purse and school bag can be really heavy, and they haven’t budged at all.

Entryway hooks DIY

I moved the mirror from the living room to put between the hooks, and hung it using my picture hanging method to make sure it was straight and level.

Picture hanging method

I’m planning to move the picture above the bench and do a gallery wall there.

Now the kids each have their own set of hooks for their coats, hats, and backpacks. They were very excited about getting their own hooks, and have been mostly good about hanging up their stuff when we get home. Yay! The kids are picking up after themselves and I’m a happy mama!

I also put one of these white bins under each of their hooks for their shoes. They work really well to keep the kids’ shoes organized and off the floor.

I also bought two new rugs from Walmart. A smaller one for right in front of the door and a long one for under the hooks.

Entryway hooks DIY

Here’s a before and after:

Hang hooks that kids can reach so they can hang up their own stuff!

I think it looks much better, and it’s way more functional for us.

Buuuut, there’s always more to do:

  • paint the bench
  • gallery wall above the bench
  • new entryway table
  • new light fixtures
  • paint the inside of the front door

Do you have hooks at kid-level in your house? I’d love to know what works for your family!


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