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How to: level-up your hallway

It’s not where we spend a lot of time, but as the first and last view we have of our home each day, it’s worth giving the hallway a little bit of love. For hallways big and little, we have ideas of all sizes (at the lowest of prices) to get things straightened up in a snap. Bags, jackets, shoes, and vacuum cleaners: we’re coming for you!


So, you don’t have a lot of time. You don’t have a lot of money to spend. But you do have a fast-growing pile of “insert name of stuff” at the front door that requires immediate attention. Let’s solve that, shall we?

Even if they’re little, hooks can do a lot of heavy-lifting in the hallway – with charm and good-looks to match.

If an empty spot on the shoe rack is hard to come by, how about an organizer that gives two shoes a home for the space of one?

Sculptural form meets jacket-wrangling practicality: it’s hard to picture a hallway that wouldn’t be improved by this hat and coat stand.


Ready to jump up a level? You’ve got this! Requiring surprisingly little effort, these recipes will give your hallway big results: a lot of hard-working function, with some of that “honey, I’m home!” feeling thrown in, too.

See what things your hallway needs to hold, and let that define the storage. Take this surf-loving couple’s home for instance: a zip-up wardrobe holds their wetsuits, boards sit on a boot tray, and hooks and rails (not just for kitchens!) tidy up their hats and beach bags.

If you’re short on floor space, use the walls to your advantage. These wall-mounted cabinets pack plenty of storage into almost no space at all, and give the hallway a lighter, floatier look.

Who says it all has to be serious storage? This shelf and note board look great when grouped with a light and mirror, as do the bills and shopping lists paired with personal items.

Shelves or hooks or boxes or cabinets? Why not all of them? Combined, they create a solid defense against day-to-day clutter, while touches of natural materials make it really feel like home.


Bigger storage solutions like these, configured to the exact size of your hallway, take a little more planning. But rest assured: the rewards of a neat, welcoming hallway will be more than worth it.

This robust unit is big on storage and clean-lined design, with a built-in seat for putting on shoes. Adding in some rounded accessories – such as the clock and lamp – strengthens the look by introducing a visual opposite.

This home’s hallway solution takes heavy-duty storage and makes it family-friendly. The gap between the two full-height cabinets happens to be just the right size for a cozy reading corner: regularly enjoyed by the two little sisters who live here.

This hallway’s gray cabinets match those of the kitchen, just through the door on the right. The result is a modern, unified look throughout the home. Cabinets above the doorway are also a smart use of space that doubles as an architectural touch.