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  1. I know this is an old post, but I would have just changed the door from swinging inward to swinging outward. However, I do love the barn door. We have a dilemma with our laundry door swinging inward and not being able to use the full space. Changing ours to swing outward in our home would block the garage door. Getting a barn door will cover the linen closet door, but will be the best solution for us seeing as the laundry door won’t be open all the time.

  2. What about if you moved the table, left up the wall decor (maybe you could add a sconce or lamp as well if the area needs light?), and put a coat rack and large basket or the current basket and a large plant on the floor? Then the space wouldn’t feel empty, but those things wouldn’t necessarily take up a lot of space and wouldn’t feel awkward moved away from the wall. I can picture this in my head, but I’m not sure if I’ve communicated it well here!

  3. If it was me, I would leave the entry way table. I think it adds to the wall as a whole open or closed. Good luck with whatever you decide!

    1. Thanks, Vicky! I’m starting to lean towards some sort of combo – removing the table but changing up the room to keep the functionality. We’ll see!

  4. Jamie Garcia says:

    I agree with the other comment – remove the table. I think it’s competing too much with the door for the focus of the wall! I would maybe add hooks or narrow shelves closer to the front door (or maybe a coat rack?) and possibly add more to the gallery part of the wall. I’m sure you can find another home for your entry table in your home, too!

    1. Y’all are giving me a lot to think about!!!

  5. I think if you can do without it, it would be better to get rid of the entry table and just have wall decor there that goes behind the door when it’s opened, like you do now. From the first picture in this post, it looks like the table crowds that space a little anyway, and having to float it out just cuts more into the hallway.

    One idea I had was to add a large decorative mirror there that would go behind the door when it’s open.

    1. I love the idea of a large mirror! It definitely doesn’t feel terribly crowded in person, but it would feel more open without it (I just don’t want it to feel empty!)

  6. Cool door! I would get rid of the table in favor of a couple hooks to the left for things. Also – have you thought of painting the wood of the door white? Might open things up even more!

    1. Thanks! That’s a possibility! Right now we’re planning to just live with it for a little while, but we could paint it down the road!

  7. Hi Amanda!
    Could you possibly put a piece of furniture on the opposite wall (I only found one pic
    of that, which leaves me uncertain)? Than I would leave the pictures (and hooks) or possibly make an even larger gallery wall on the laundry room side…
    I love the console you built, but I always felt it might obstructed the front door/the walkway to the front door a bit [which probably got worse with moving it a few inches from the wall] so the above suggestion could solve both…
    Greetings from Germany

    1. The opposite wall is very small – there’s a large A/C vent and a door to the utility closet! 🙁 I’m definitely considering maybe moving a small table over there, though – you guys are giving me a lot to think about!