Entry Foyer Considerations

Foyer Entry

grand entry, entry foyer, oak entry, wood flooring,entry staircaseThe entry foyer gives your guests the second impression of your home, after they have viewed the front of your home as they are approaching the front door. The entry foyer should be warm and inviting.

A chair in the entry foyer is nice in case a guest needs to sit down. It is convenient to have a chest or table near the front door to set down deliveries while signing for them. The size and shape of your entry foyer is a personal decision. Some are large and formal while others are small and informal. Some run toward the back of the home, others run side-to-side. Some are located at one end of the home; others are located in the center of the home.


The location of the entry foyer will evolve as the design of your home is determined. If you have a particular vision for your entry foyer, share that with your architect. If you entertain large groups, a spacious entry foyer will accommodate many guests arriving or departing at once.

Entry-Foyer-2Also a spacious entry foyer with many rooms flowing from it allows guests to flow from one room to another without a human traffic jam. The coat closet is an important element. Having an ample-size closet to hold guests’ coats sets a nice tone for your home.

A good rule of thumb is that your coat closet should hold as many coats as you can seat guests at your dining room table. Obviously, the climate where you live will influence how often you use your coat closet.

Foyer Tips

1. Create a furniture plan for the entry foyer and share this with your architect. Make sure a fully opened door does not bump furniture.

2. If you plan to have double doors, pay close attention to the width of the doors. Generally with double doors, you open only one of the doors on a daily basis.

3. It is lovely to walk into a home and instantly hear music. Consider having stereo speakers in your entry foyer.

4. Once framing is in place and you have a furniture plan, decide the exact locations of the security pads, light switches, outlets, HVAC vents, chandeliers, and sconces. Take into account the addition of crown molding, cornices on windows and other decorating or construction parts that may affect centering items.

5. Depending on the location of the coat closet, consider putting your security pad and speaker volume control inside the closet. Generally, the front door is not the door you use to enter and exit your home. On the occasions when you do, you can turn the alarm on or off from inside the coat closet. It’s also nice to adjust the individual volume control for the entry foyer speakers from inside the coat closet. This keeps unattractive items from cluttering the walls.

The Hallways of Your Home Plan for ample-sized hallways in your home. Standard hallways measure 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet 3 inches in width. A hallway less than 4 feet wide creates the feeling of being in a maze. A wider hallway evokes a feeling of expansiveness and allows for the placement of a narrow chest or table. When visiting friends’ homes, measure the width of their hallways to get an idea of the width that feels best for you.

6. Any glass panels near exterior doors need to be countered by security measures such as a glass-break sensor with an alarm or decorative iron over the glass, so that a burglar cannot break the glass, reach in, and unlock the door.

7. When in doubt, go larger with your coat closet.

8. For convenience, install a three-way light switch in a convenient location so you can easily turn off foyer or outside lights without having to walk to the front door every evening before bed.

9. The stair step depth and the riser height ratio should be standard and consistent on all steps. If they are not, people going up and down your stairs will have an awkward gait. Also, if the depth of each step is too shallow, the toes of shoes will leave marks on the risers.

Your entry foyer is the first impression most guest will get of your home not to mention a central fow area of most homes.

We welcome your comments or questions about entry foyer planning