Storage Ideas for the Hallway: 8 Amazing Solutions To Keep It Tidy

What is the first thing you see every time you visit a friend’s or colleague’s house? The answer is obvious, and it is the hallway. The way you make conclusions on how other people lead their lives based on their hallway will apply to you as well. It’s time to keep it tidy with one of these storage ideas.

They say the first impression is the lasting impression and if you value a good impression and presentation, then you have to get organised. Having stuff all over can even cause accidents if someone trips over. You may sometimes find it hard look for things like keys and the remote when you have things all over the place. The following are simple storage ideas to give your hallway a sensible make-over.

Top 8 Amazing Storage Ideas for the Hallway

We list eight of the best storage solutions to help you keep your hallway tidy. Here is a quick list of your options:

  1. Coat Cupboard & Open Wardrobe
  2. Baskets & Stackable Storage Boxes
  3. Open Shelving & Open Display Cabinet
  4. Sideboards
  5. Shoe Storage Cabinet & Shoe and Clothes Rack
  6. Bench with Storage
  7. Console Table with Drawers
  8. Custom Built

Other storage options worth exploring are cupboards, chests, wall hooks and storage shelves.

1. Coat Cupboard & Open Wardrobe

Having clothes all over your hallway can make the house look messy. Coats need a lot of space, and they may not fit in your bedroom closet. You will also be receiving guests occasionally and they need somewhere they can keep their coats too.


MAYFIELD PAINTED Hallway Tidy

During the winter and the summer, people are looking for areas in their homes where they can store the extra beddings and sheets. These cupboards can be great and discreet areas where you can store up the items you will not be using in that season. If you have one of these, you can use it to store coats too. Same goes to stairs cupboard, they make a good coat storage especially when they are close to the hallway. But if you have the space for it and would rather coats be kept in the hall way, it’s time to consider a dedicated coat cupboard.

Coat cupboard can also be a good place to store hats, gloves, rackets and tennis shoes and other stuff that you use occasionally. Get a coat cupboard that blends well with the rest of the furniture in your house.

2. Baskets & Stackable Storage Boxes

If you thought that baskets and boxes are only for carrying things around, then you are somehow misguided. Several baskets or boxes can be your savior for storage woes because they can hold various things in your house. You can place umbrellas, shoes and school bags in them and de-clutter your hallway.

You can line them with a plastic bag to ensure that water does not drip to the floor in case you store wet things. The number and size of the baskets or boxes that you require will depend on your storage needs.


For baskets, you can choose ones that can blend with your curtains and fixtures and interior in general. These baskets can also act as centerpieces for your decoration when organised in a cupboard or shelves. You can get hallway cabinets and chests with wicker baskets

You can choose matching colors or decide to go with several colors and designs. If you want to revamp the décor in your home and make it a bit livelier, this is a great way to do it.

3. Open Shelving & Open Display Cabinet

Hudson Living Kielder Open Display Cabinet

Your home is a sanctuary. If you are a traveler, you know this fact. You are bound to buy souvenirs from your travels. You need a place to store these objects and get your guests interested in knowing stories about them. If you do not want to have storage drawers in your home, this is a great alternative. You can create shelves that you can use to display your family photos and the objects you have collected from your numerous travels.

This is also an elegant way of decorating your home and ensuring that you have different things that your guests and family members can look at when they visit. For your family, these shelves can be a great way for them to display their art collections and other items that they feel need some attention. You can arrange these shelves in a certain order or design that accentuates your home’s interior décor and the centerpieces you have chosen for it.

4. Sideboards

You may have a sideboard in your home. In fact, you may be using it for other things like serving dishes. It is time you thought about its potential in your hallway. Sideboards come in many different shapes and sizes. You will, therefore, find one that will allow you to store all your items. In fact, you may have found the perfect place to keep all those toys your children no longer use but do not have the heart to give away.

John Lewis Rimini 2 Door Sideboard

If you have treasured collections like trophies and paintings, sideboards can be both discrete storage space and a place to display most of your collections. If you are a DIYer and would rather make your own, you have total control over how the sideboard is designed and painted.

Either way if you have a specific décor that you would want to be maintained throughout your home, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can have a modern designs or a vintage look depending on what you want. It is also a great place to have lamps that light up the hallway, place for keys, coins, phones and receipts when you empty your pockets as you come in.

5. Shoe Storage Cabinet & Shoe and Clothes Rack

Clothes rack with shoe storage and integrated bench is a great all-in-one solution for small hallways. This could be place right next to the entrance. It has just enough storage space for a small family, making sure that your hall way is clutter and stumble-free.

Baxton Studio Shirley Modern Shoe Cabinet

It requires the least amount of footprint if space is an issue and does everything you need it to pretty well. If you have a bit more room and already have a separate cloth hanger, you could opt for a shoe storage cabinet instead. It may not have a bench or integrated cloth hanger but it will have plenty of storage for shoes.

There are two types of shoe storage cabinets, narrow and full depth the that later deep enough for shoes to stay flat in storage. Narrow shoe cabinets are perfect for narrow hallways as it take up really little foot print, some even hung on the wall. These however require your shoes to be slotted in, not so good for high heels.

Shoe Storage Cabinets

6. Bench with Storage

Bench with storage are storage cabinets strong enough to sit on and is a perfect solution for hallways with a bit more room. Not only does it let you put on or take off your shoes or boots without the risk of falling, it looks inviting and is easily the most practical piece of furniture in the hallway. Unlike the all-in-one clothes rack with bench and storage, these are just sitting height shoe cabinets with plenty of room for your footwear.

Wooden Hallway Bench Shoe Store

They usually come with integrated drawers or a combination of open shelves and drawers. For the open shelves you can sometimes find matching accessories such as wicker baskets or soft boxes to go in them. Some of these benches are topped with padded cushion to make a comfortable sit. Together these make a handsome piece of furniture for the hall way and will go with any decor in your home.

There are also those which are trucks with the right seating height. These however have a hinged top that open up to reveal a huge storage space, perfect for tall boots and wellies. When considering a bench storage, you will also need to take into consideration the amount of space needed in front of the furniture and there is sufficient head room  to allow someone to sit down and get up easily.

7. Console Table with Drawers

Console tables are half way points between practical storage and elegance for the hall way. If you just need a small amount of temporary storage, say for your pens, keys, change, phones, receipts, letters, notepads and other small items, a console table with drawers would fit the bill. These handy tables are just to right height and often come with small drawers.

BURFORD PAINTED Console Dressing Table

When it comes to console table it’s veering more towards making a fashion statement than practicality. From those finished completely with mirror surfaces to heavy classic wooden units to modern and contemporary chrome and glass stylish tables, there is bound to be one that speaks out to you.

If the console table is deep enough, it is perfect as a display area. You could have a vase with your favourite flowers or a table lamp and a couple of framed family photos displayed on either sides. These make for good conversation points and adds a more homely feel to the hallway.

And, if you would rather keep it minimal and the surface free of items, you could hang a big mirror above the console table to add a sense of space. Some console tables have a lower open shelf for even more storage but we would not recommend leaving too many things in the open as it will collect dust quickly especially when it is near the entrance.

8. Custom Built

Sometimes, you do not have enough space to place cabinets or baskets. If you do, there will not be enough space for people to pass through. In Such cases, any addition may seem too bulky and out of place. However, you can have masonry come and create built-in shelves and cabinets. They eliminate the storage needs of a home while keeping it classy and workable. It also gives you the space to install some cool objects like mirrors that make your home look even bigger than it actually is. Unlike pre-made shelves and units, you will have the freedom to decide how far they should run and what size they should be. Built-ins are also cheaper and durable because they are made from the same materials used to make the house.

There is no doubt that you are always looking for ways to make your home look elegant and fun. You are also always trying to find new ways to store items and reduce clutter. If you have children, extra space is always needed regardless of the size of your home. With these storage ideas, you have the freedom to decorate your hallway while creating space for storage. Since the hallway is the first place your guests see, you need to make it display the beauty of your entire home. It needs to give your guests something to take home and a taste of what to expect in the entire house.