Lesson 3: Traffic Flow in Entry & Foyer

Traffic Flow From The Front Entry Door
One of the most important things to remember is for there to be a direct route from the front door into the house. Your home decor may be perfect, but there is nothing more frustrating than having to walk out of your way or having to maneuver around an object every time you enter the house to get where you want to go. If you have a separate entry and you have plenty of space for a table, side chair, etc., then you want to make sure that they won't crowd the passageway. For a busy path of circulation (which it is from the front door!) there should be a path of at least 4' of clear space - 5' is even better.
Entry Decorating
If your entry is part of your Living Room, and you would like to place a sofa or another piece of furniture near the front door (see below plan), make sure that there is a minimum of 4' of space between the back of the sofa (or furniture) and your door.
Clearance in Entry
This entry is a central circulation area in this home. Although there is a hall table in the center, there isn't any furniture to stop the flow of traffic.