Fronhaul:  Corridor & hallway by Baart Harries Newall

​First impressions: homify’s best hallway storage ideas

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What is the first space your guests see when entering your home? Granted, a neat front garden and clean front porch are vital, but it’s only upon entering the house that one really gets a taste of their personal style and character. And that brings us to the all-important hallway.

What impression will you gather of your host upon walking into a hallway or entryway full of discarded shoes, coats, umbrellas and other clutter? Not a good one, we’d bet. Then why would you not put in a little extra effort when it comes to your own hallways?

But of course we also know that not all hallways are equal in size – or style or layout. That is why we’ve searched high and low for hallway storage ideas that are practical for all sizes, styles and shapes.

And in the spirit of adding both practicality and style to your hallway, have fun scoping out these tips and deciding which ones will be ideal for your home’s hallway storage.

Hallway storage ideas: A stylish storage bench

Appleby Oak Wide Ottoman Box:  Corridor & hallway by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Appleby Oak Wide Ottoman Box

The Cotswold Company

Storage benches pull double duty: while ensuring storage areas (that close up, no less) for anything from seasonal clothing to children’s toys, they also provide a comfy spot to sit when you’re pulling on/off your boots.

What’s more, you can use your storage bench to add to your hallway’s look via scatter cushions in various colours and patterns, a blanket/throw, or some cute potters as shown in our example below.

Hallway storage ideas: Add bookshelves

This hallway is any bookworm’s dream. Granted, you won’t be able to achieve this in any hallway, least of all those very slim ones, but when you have the extra legroom to spare, the right mindset and the right professional by your side, just look what’s possible! 

To add even more character to this hallway, a few wall art pieces were also added. And don’t overlook that stunning raw stone wall which ensures a decent dose of character.

Hallway storage ideas: Wicker baskets

Franklin Carmine Hall Runner:  Corridor & hallway by Roger Oates Design
Roger Oates Design

Franklin Carmine Hall Runner

Roger Oates Design

A beautiful wicker basket shows that you’re serious about both storage and style, regardless of which room it’s placed in. Use it for shoes, umbrellas and all sorts of other handy items. And the great thing is that it takes up very little legroom – simply pop it in a corner somewhere!

Hallway storage ideas: A little wooden cabinet

Solid Walnut Shoe Cabinet from our Mayan Range:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by Big Blu Furniture
Big Blu Furniture

Solid Walnut Shoe Cabinet from our Mayan Range

Big Blu Furniture

The right furniture piece can definitely change an entire room. Take this wooden cabinet, for example. From the outside, it looks like a regular, charming cabinet in an enticing and welcoming wooden hue, suitable for just about any room; yet, open it up and you find a wonderfully modern system ideal for storing shoes. 

Now that’s how you combine a traditional aesthetic with modern convenience!

Hallway storage ideas: What’s under your stairs?

Storage under stairs:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by Fraher Architects Ltd
Fraher Architects Ltd

Storage under stairs

Fraher Architects Ltd

Far too many of us allow dead space to eat up valuable legroom underneath our staircases. Even if it’s a closed riser, chances are you can still create something wonderful and functional (even if you do require the assistance of a professional). 

This slide-out under-stairs system offers a secret and oh-so welcoming solution to messy hallway clutter. And with all those shoes that have found a new home, can you imagine how much space it frees up in the closets and wardrobes?

Hallway storage ideas: A wall-mounted coat rack

Bonnie Wall Shelf:  Living room by Loaf

Bonnie Wall Shelf


No more floor space left? What are your walls up to?

This quirky wall-mounted coat rack not only has hooks for coats and scarves (and hats and jackets and purses… ), but also a flat shelf surface on top for storing a few additional pieces.

homify hint: Add two or three wicker baskets on top for extra storage space.

Hallway storage ideas: A slim, stylish cabinet

'Welcome' Contemporary hallway shoe storage with mirror by Birex:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Welcome' Contemporary hallway shoe storage with mirror by Birex

My Italian Living

As hallways tend to be small, it’s up to creative planning to make the most of their limited legroom. Enter this fabulous piece, in a slim design that takes up no floor space whatsoever, and is clad in mirror to make the hallway seem more visually spacious. 

Will you use it for shoes or books? Children’s toys or paperwork?

Hallway storage ideas: Just a simple table

Even a regular table (in the right size and style, mind you) can be the perfect choice when it comes to hallway storage ideas. This stylish one is the perfect addition to a pared-back and lit-up hallway. And not only does it ensure an extra spot for storing/displaying a few items, it also adds to the room’s décor.

​Hallway storage ideas: Floating shelves

Floating shelves are perfect not only when it comes to hallway storage ideas, but for any room in the house. Available in a wide variety of sizes, colours and designs, you are spoiled for choice in choosing the perfect one(s) to bring some functionality and character to your walls. 

Pile your shelf with attractive trinkets for an inspiring display. Just ensure your shelves (and what you stack on them) complement the rest of your hallway’s look.

Hallway storage ideas: Bespoke beauties

It’s not the space that counts; it’s what you do with it!

This hallway/entryway might be on the smaller side, yet see what clever thinking resulted in. Thanks to a bespoke design of cubby holes, seating bench and a few drawers, it has become one of the most practical spaces ever. No doubt it made use of some of the most creative tips when it comes to hallway storage ideas.

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Which of these hallway storage ideas will you be implementing ASAP?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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