Hallways are tricky spaces – more often than not, they’re long and thin and not able to hold much in the way of furniture, and yet quite a lot is required of a hallway. It’s where we keep our coats and shoes, where we welcome guests into our home, and it acts as an artery in the house, with other rooms feeding off from it. So how can you maximise your hallway and turn it into a place that’s just as functional as any other space in your home? Adding storage is a great way of getting the most out of your hallway.
Here’s a list of five things you can bring into the hallway to make it more of a usable space.
- Fit coat pegs onto the wall
Use your hallway to hang your coats. Find a set of hooks that you really like – there are some great styles made from repurposed industrial equipment, for example, or upcycled out of driftwood – and fit them to the wall. This will create an instant place to store hats, jackets, umbrellas, the dog’s lead… the possibilities are endless.
- Invest in a sideboard
Sideboards are having a revival, and for good reason. They are slender, incredibly useful items of furniture that slot easily along one side of the hallway and provide extensive inside storage space for anything from glasses that you can’t fit in the kitchen cupboard to cutlery, crockery or Christmas decorations.
Vinterior has an incredible collection of vintage sideboards for sale, so start browsing and you’ll see how beautiful they are – a real stalwart of the mid century era, they add sophistication to any room, but particularly a hallway as they help to innovate the space. Their long, smooth tabletops make a great display area for family photographs, too. Classic mid-century items are made by G Plan and Beautility, but if you prefer older styles, search for ‘console tables’ and you’ll be met with a wide range of antique hallway tables that might tickle your fancy instead.
- Find a hat stand
There’s something ever so elegant about a hat stand, and they take up very little floorspace meaning they’re the perfect choice when space is tight, as it so often is in a hallway. If you’ve already got a row of coat hooks and you still have outerwear coming out of your ears, a hat stand is your next best bet. On top of looking smart and being especially compact, they make great additional storage for coats, jackets and, of course, hats!
- Buy an antique wicker basket…
… and tuck it into a corner, using it to store shoes, wellies and trainers! Baskets make a lovely, rustic addition to a hallway. You can find them in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and use them to create an interesting display as they store your bits and bobs. Pop one beside the front door and use it to collect the post
- A storage bench is a good idea, too
A slim bench with built in storage under the seat is another good place to keep shoes, and it provides you with a place to sit while you put them on as well! Measure your hallway carefully to ensure it can take a larger piece of furniture such as a bench or a sideboard before you buy – if it can, do invest in one; you’ll end up wondering how you ever lived without it! Toss a few accent cushions across the top of your bench to create interest and add a touch of charm to your hallway.