Our Top 3 Hallway Storage Ideas to Save Space
The usual dumping ground for shoes, coats, keys and post – the hallway is often the most overlooked room in the house.
As the first room you and your guests will usually see upon entering the house (unless you’re opting for that living room window) it may be worth investing a bit of time into making your hallway give off that good first impression.
Follow our top 3 hallways tips below for small spaces and let us know which are your favourite clever hallway storage solutions.
What is modular furniture?
Sure, we’re biased, but at Shelved, we believe a key element in maximising hallway storage is the use of modular furniture, which is a great way to deal with the unique space constraints commonly encountered in hallways.
Before we get started, we should first explore what modular furniture is, and how it can benefit you. Essentially, modular furniture differs from regular furniture in that a piece of modular furniture is composed of several different, interchangeable parts (each one is a separate ‘module’ of the overall piece) – meaning that it can offer a high degree of customisability for your home.
Modular furniture is easy to both scale up and scale down in size depending on your needs, and because it’s so adaptable there’s no need to worry about whether it will fit in if you move house – chances are you’ll be able to simply rearrange the modules to your liking. Because it’s so customisable, modular furniture is ideal for usage in small hallways – where you may face unique space constraints that would make regular furniture difficult to use.
Want to find out more about how our modular furniture works? No problem – we’ve written a guide on the Shelved product and how it all fits together here.
Idea one: For narrow hallways, look for eyelevel storage
Hallways frequently lack available floor space, making shelving and wall-mounted storage solutions an excellent alternative. Modular shelving systems provide an excellent way to utilise vertical space efficiently.
In addition to shelves, incorporating hooks and/or pegs along hallway walls can significantly enhance storage. Hooks can be used to hang items such as coats, hats, bags, and keys, keeping them easily accessible while maintaining a clutter-free hallway.
Idea two: Gain floorspace with extra slim cabinets
Hallways are often limited in width, making slim storage solutions ideal for optimising the available space. Our Modular cabinets come in various designs, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your hallway. And, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply use our ‘design your own’ feature, mentioned above.
For narrower hallways, consider installing low and narrow cabinets. Slim storage units can still provide ample room for storing items, and not letting your furniture get too high will stop the feeling that it’s looming over you. Modular cabinets offer the added advantage of being expandable, enabling you to extend your storage space if needed. When it comes to installing cabinets, you may find that some level of compromise is needed, as you may want to balance how many storage units you have in your hallway with how much storage you need – even slimline cabinets can clutter your hallway if they are used too extensively.
Idea three: Optimise underutilised space
Another great way to make the most of your hallway is to look into ways to make the most of space that’s otherwise going to waste - hallways often have areas that are not used optimally for storage, such as space you may have under the stairs, empty alcoves, or spaces above eye level.
For example, installing under-stair storage is an excellent solution for utilising space that would otherwise go to waste. To avoid stuffing your under-stair cupboard to the brim, modular units that work well to keep things organised, including drawers, shelves, or sideboards.
Another area often neglected in hallways is the space that you have above eye level. Installing overhead cabinets or modular shelves can really help to make the most of this vertical space. These kinds of storage units can be used to store less frequently accessed items like seasonal decorations, or luggage. Choose modular systems that allow for easy access, such as those that have sliding doors, to ensure functionality while maintaining an organised appearance.
Make the most of your space
Hallways don’t need to be overlooked when it comes to storage and aesthetics. By embracing the versatility of modular furniture, homeowners can transform their hallways from just being entranceways into stylish spaces with the added bonus of extra storage. From wall-mounted shelves and hooks to slimline cabinets, and optimising underutilised spaces, modular furniture offers endless possibilities for maximising storage capacity within the unique constraints of hallways. With a thoughtful approach to organisation and design, hallways can become more than just transitional areas – they can be integral parts of a well-organised and inviting home.