Keeping Your Home Germ-Free Starts With an Organized Entryway
Thirteen ways to outfit the space for your health.
Published Dec 16, 2020 1:00 AM
An entryway should be all about creating a welcoming environment and setting the tone for your home—though this year it’s also become a place to store hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks, among other pandemic supplies. But just because we’ve had to adjust the way we live due to COVID-19 doesn’t mean we have to completely sacrifice style.
Stock these 13 chic items in the area near your entryway so that you’re living as germ-free as possible, while still maintaining your design sense. Now you can feel welcome (and safe!) as soon as you walk through the door.
Light your way without having to use your hands (and potentially contaminate a light switch). This touchless floor lamp turns on when you step on its dimmable floor switch. The travertine base and brass-finished iron body are slim enough to fit in narrow walkways.
Entryways are high-traffic areas, meaning any rug that rests there is going to get dirty—fast. This floor covering’s secret power is that its top layer can be removed and thrown into the washing machine and dryer. Yes, you can have a cream-colored rug in the foyer!
Storing masks is a real challenge, but a buffet like this makes a handsome first impression and you can keep extra face coverings in its drawers.
If your console is already packed with cold-weather wear, add a bar cart to your entry scene and use it to hold hand sanitizer and masks. Multiple shelves provide lots of organizing space, and this one has wheels for easy mobility. (Extra perk: When it’s safe to entertain again, voilà! Cocktails.)
With a design-minded outer sleeve in three bright colorways and a reusable glass bottle that minimizes waste, you won’t mind leaving this pretty sanitizer out on display. Formulated using 70 percent plant-based alcohol, the FDA-approved sanitizing solution is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. Which makes it even chicer.
Sanitizer, gloves, and masks—keep it all organized, along with your keys and mail, on a decorative tray. This one’s a wild pick that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation, even if you’re just heading out to run a quick errand.
If you’d rather tuck your masks away, reach for a vignette-worthy catchall box. Bonus points if it’s crafted of mango wood and resin.
This small but mighty gadget destroys pollutants and quietly releases purified air back into the room, adjusting your air quality for up to 250 square feet. And the sleek white body and vegan leather handle blends in to almost any environment to keep your home from looking like a hospital.
A tissue box can hold your tissues, sure, but it can also greet you with a smile every time you come home. Drawing on its signature use of bold color and graphic patterns, Dusen Dusen turned this everyday household object into a work of art.
Trash, but make it fashion: Toss your single-use masks and gloves in a sculptural waste bin made from recycled paper.
This sanitizing box by Sonix uses a UV and ozone lamp to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on items you constantly touch, like your cell phone and earbuds. Plus it features a chic cream and gold color combo and charges while it cleans—that’s what we call form and function.
This hygiene station features a handblown Murano glass vessel for sanitizer, sculptural metal rods with an antimicrobial copper finish, and a handcrafted glove dispenser and waste bin. It’s not just a pandemic purchase—later it can be transformed into a valet with a vase and planter.
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