Clutter busting ideas for hallways

Calm the chaos of a busy hallway and put an end to kicked-off shoes and abandoned coats with handy hangers and compact cubbies to stop the family’s essentials running out of the door

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Choose a flexible unit

A sideboard with multiuse cubbies is ideal for family life. Simply swap the boxes round to suit, then add a big basket for larger belongings

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Nornäs sideboard, £130, Ikea. for a similar basket, try the jute, £49.95, Luma

Co-ordinated cabinets

Teaming a shallow shoe rack and wall cubby in the same colour and finish will give your hallway a co-ordinated look, plus you can show off a few favourite belongings for an attractive display

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Hemnes shoe cabinet, £80, Ikea. pigeonhole wall shelf and hooks, £85, Great Little Trading Co

Slimline storage

Create as spacious a feel as possible with unobtrusive furniture, then add boxes and baskets for bonus storage.

Super-long peg rail

As entrances tend to be quite compact, avoid overcrowding and put storage just along one wall. A peg rail is budget-friendly and doesn't encroach on space. Hang baskets to hold small items. For a similar peg rail, try the Shaker, from £41.61, Jali

Low-level ledge to shelve reminders

Display accessories, art and notices on a shelf at dado-rail level, then attach hooks to hang clothing, keys and other household bits and bobs. For a similar shelf, try the floating shelf, £23.49, Wickes

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For a similar bench, try the Tjusig, £65, Ikea. For a similar table, try the Chichester console, £740, Neptune

Quick fix storage solutions

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Hide away footwear in a simple slimline cabinet; Daxton three-level shoe storage, £65, Habitat

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A hanging basket is ideal to stop the post from piling up; Wall-mounted basket, £26, Hübsch range, Smallable

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Stow hats, gloves, shoes and more in smart rattan drawers; St Ives four-drawer basket unit, £105, The White Lighthouse

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A stylish trio of wooden cratesCrates, only £19.99 for three (were £44.99); Clifford James (

Holly Walsh
Content Editor

Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.