Transform your hall into a welcoming and fit-for-purpose entrance, with our clever hallway storage ideas.
The hallway is the first room your guests will see as they enter your home but a pile of discarded shoes, coats, umbrellas and keys, which always have a habit of accumulating by the front door, can give people the wrong first impression.
Put hallway storage at the forefront of your mind when planning your decorating scheme, especially with a small hallway, and you can create an area that’s both attractive and practical for you and your family to use everyday.
Utilize every nook and cranny! A high shelf rack is a useful spot for coats and scarves and ensures precious floor space is kept clear. If you really want to maximise your hallway, a tailor-made unit with built-in shelves and drawers will fill the available space intelligently, and look great too. Don’t neglect precious understair space that might otherwise be wasted.
Console tables are a great place to allow family belongings to accumulate, with drawers to hide away all those delivery menus and loose change. Opt for a slim design, especially in narrow, corridor-type rooms, to preserve a sense of spaciousness. Wicker baskets placed at the side or underneath are a useful place for hiding away other knick-knacks.
Give your home a seaside feel with a relaxed, shabby chic scheme. A wallpaper designed to look like weathered wooden boards and a pale blue front door create a coastal backdrop for cream-painted storage. A wall-hung cubby unit with a peg rail will keep coats and hats to hand and a storage bench is ideal for hiding shoes away.
Ivory antique peg shelf
The Dormy House
Hanging magazine basket
Introduce colour to your hallway without comprising its sense of space by fitting a dado rail at waist height. Paint the wall below it in a strong shade of cornflower blue and the wall above it in a crisp shade of white. A cream chest of drawers will stand out beautifully against the strong blue. Allocate one drawer to each member of the family to keep gloves and scarves in order. Continue the theme by hanging up a personalised frame for each person with a hook for their house keys.
Similar chest of drawers
The Cotswold Company
For a traditional hallway, take style notes from Victorian explorer style. A subtle atlas print wallpaper will allow a dark-wood console table to stand out. If you have the space for it, a studded leather armchair is ideal for taking a seat while pulling off your shoes. Complete the globetrotting theme with a few travel-inspired accessories.
Get the warm, welcoming feel of a rustic farmhouse with a smarter modern edge. Swap detailed floral pattern for crisp blue painted walls and matching woodwork. Stick to simple, streamlined pieces of wooden storage and add some wicker baskets for a country look. Reclaimed wooden pieces will add a homely, vintage feel.
White-painted walls, pale flooring and a front door painted in a soft shade of grey ensure that this hallway feels light and airy. This look is all about quality not quantity: a classic white console, a silver-framed mirror and a few glass accessories will create a stylish feel. An antique sledge adds Scandinavian charm.
The Cotswold Company
Similar antique sledge
Wardrobes aren’t just for bedrooms. Here, a classic white wardrobe makes the perfect coat cupboard. Team with a shelf, peg rail and shoe bench in the same colour for a fresh, relaxed look. A bold, striped wallpaper in cool colours and a striped cushion will give a nod to a seaside theme.
Make a great first impression in your hallway with a calming shade of grey as a backdrop. Add a long peg rail and a picture shelf painted in the same shade for hanging up coats, hats and scarves and propping up mirrors, pictures and interesting accessories. Keep the scheme light with white-painted furniture and add texture with wicker baskets and vintage apple crates.
Transform your hallway into an organised storage station with modular shelving and a multi-drawer bench seat. Keep the overall look neat with pull-out wooden boxes inside the shelving units. Muted striped fabrics and nautical prints will keep the scheme ship-shape.
Keep your hallway streamlined with bespoke built-in storage under the stairs. It’s a subtle way to add functional storage and additional seating, too. Keep walls, flooring and storage neutral to create a sense of space, then bring it to life with splashes of vibrant red.
Don’t let that space go to waste! Alcoves are often home to bulky furniture that doesn’t quite fit, or else to a single, lonely shelf. It’s a crime to squander such a versatile chunk of space when everyone’s dream is to own a home with more storage. Instead, go for a perfectly-proportioned or fitted storage unit, ideally with shelves, drawers and room for storage boxes or baskets such as the one shown here.
The Duck Company
Consider tall cabinets if you have high-ceilings, plenty of wall space and heaps of paraphernalia. In this traditional hallway, the door frame and console table have been made from reclaimed oak for a vintage look that is fit for a period home.
Similar console table
This stylish hallway houses a built-in bookcase complete with an array of colourful books, which makes a pretty display in itself. If you’re short on space, using your hallway for extra essential storage is a clever way to keep your living room clutter-free.
Eames rocking chair
The space below the stairs has been cleverly used as a storage area in this country-style hallway. The apothecary-style chest of drawers is great for storing bits and pieces, and is fitting with the farmhouse feel. A letter rack keeps things organised, while antique accessories like the radio and doorbell add the finishing touches.
Don’t let your under-stair space go to waste. A pretty, vintage-style console not only adds character to this country scheme, but utilises every nook and cranny. This cosy hallway could almost be a room in itself – fresh painted stairs, gorgeous accessories and glowing lanterns make for a stunning entrance.
Floating shelves keep a hallway neat and clutter-free and are a good way to make use of every inch of space you’ve got, especially if you’re short of floor space for free-standing units. They also add personality to a plain wall. Pile your shelf with pretty trinkets for a unique and inspiring display. Sticking to a monochrome scheme creates a sharp, contemporary look.
Similar floating shelves
Add a classic white console table to your hallway along with an ornate, antique-style mirror for a chic, feminine dressing room feel. A console table is an elegant alternative to a cupboard or a chest of drawers and makes a great place to store smaller items that you’d otherwise be rushing around to find in the morning.
Sweetpea & Willow
This bookcase makes the most of an previously unloved wall in the hallway. Hallways often get overlooked when it comes to decorating, but with minimal attention they can be transformed into stunning rooms in their own right. This one also doubles up as an art gallery and features a beautiful wooden ramp instead of stairs, for wheelchair access.
A sturdy trunk, or a seat with built-in storage, serves as a great place to stash shoes and umbrellas, and also provides a place to perch when taking off your footwear. White-painted wood panelling and cushions covered in floral and gingham fabrics create a cosy country feel.
Similar storage bench
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