Hallway storage ideas: 14 clever ways to clear the clutter in your hall

Say ciao to clutter with our clever hallway storage ideas. We've 14 easy ways to keep coats, keys and all the rest out of your way

Hallway storage: floral wallpaper in hallway with coat rack and drawers
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There's no better way to refresh your entrance than by means of savvy hallway storage ideas to help you tidy up. Indeed, the days of a messy greeting on arrival are done, and no more tripping over shoes when you only wanted to reach the bedroom... 

Hall storage is must in every home, and most especially if you've a busy household with various sets of coats, keys and mismatched shoes to stow away, in an elegant fashion. Keep scrolling for our nifty hallway storage solutions and you simply won't look back.

Then for hallway ideas and inspiration that goes beyond the realms of storage hacks – check out our feature.

1. Maximise space with hallway seating benches with storage

vintage feel unfitted coat rack used a hallway storage idea

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If you're blessed with a large hallway, if renting prevents you from drilling into walls or you want to create a more relaxed feel to your space, an unfitted storage unit is worth a thought. Opting for an all-in-one unit that combines a coat rack with hallway shoe storage and a spot to sit down maximises space while functioning as an attractive addition.

We love the vintage feel of this Cooper Hall Stand from Atkin & Thyme.

2. Use pegs for storing dog leads

wicker baskets seen hanging from hooks used a hallway storage idea

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The search for dog leads, balls and poop bags can be a frustrating one if you've been volunteered for the early-morning walk. Wicker baskets are a stylish hallway storage idea that promises to make your life easier. Hung from a spare coat hook or cool peg rail let's them be on display and very much ready for all doggo walks. 

We love this set of Natural White Artisan Baskets from Cox & Cox. 

3. Designate a spot for storing keys on a stylish hallway console table

wooden finish console table used as a hallway storage idea

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Console tables are a smart and stylish hallway storage idea, creating an understated focal point that also serves a practical purpose. Opting for a design with different compartments encourages organisation as different sections can be designated for different purposes, be that storing letters, address books, umbrellas or other daily essentials.

To maintain a minimalist feel, choose a console table with a simple silhouette and couple with a space-enhancing hallway mirror, a delicate indoor plant and a small trinket bowl for storing keys.

Find this Oak Storage Console Table at Cox & Cox. 

4. Prop a ladder shelf against the wall if you have a narrow hallway

ladder propped up against wall as a hallway storage idea

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If you like the idea of a console table but your narrow hallway doesn't allow for it, propping a rustic-looking ladder shelf against the wall is a great alternative. 

With shelves for displaying your top indoor plants and storing everyday essentials; a hook to keep keys at hand and a ladder rung for hanging light coats and jackets, this Skagerak Nomad Rail makes for a handy narrow hallway storage solution.

5. Bring order to letters that litter a hallway

metal wire letter storage unit used as a hallway storage idea

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If a daily influx of junk mail leaves your entrance littered with letters, this hallway storage idea is an easy fix. Pinned up next to the door, it's perfect for storing letters so that you know exactly where they can be found when you have time to read them.

We love the industrial feel of this Farringdon Letter Holder from Garden Trading.

6. Maximise under-stairs storage space

Clever Closet understair, hall way storage idea

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Often overlooked, clever under stair storage space could be your salvation. Coupled with deep drawers, this hallway shoe cabinet is also a great spot for storing dog walking essentials, toys and winter woolies. 

These drawers are by Clever Closet.

7. Create a unique design feature with bike storage solutions

handy bike storage unit used as a hallway storage idea

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To the frustration of those tired of side-shuffling past, bikes are too often stored in the hallway. A well chose wall-mount provides the most perfect of bike storage solutions; keeping them up and out of the way, while still on hand and away from the risk of robbery. If you're lucky enough to have a stylish bike frame, mounting it on a bike storage rack even makes for a unique design feature. 

Find this Bicycle Wall Rack at Crowdyhouse. 

8. Pick out wall hung hallway storage units to max out space

brass and iron fitted coat storage unit used as a hallway storage idea

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Coupling a functional fitted coat storage unit with a stylishly decorated shelf (styled with a zen enhancing house plants, perfectly displayed pictures and other attractive bits and bobs) is a great hallway storage idea if you're looking to add interest to your space.

Find this Antiqued Brass Iron Shelf at Cox & Cox. 

9. Organise shoes in an open storage unit

wooden finish shoe storage unit used as a practical hallway storage idea

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If you're looking for a hallway shoe storage solution that allows you to see and organise all of your shoes in one place, a solid open storage unit could be for you. Sturdy and timeless pieces, they double up as an effective console table when paired with statement glassware and delicate house plants. 

Find this Large Wooden Box Unit at Cox & Cox.

10. Customise storage solutions to suit the whole family 

ikea hallway storage ideas

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When designing a storage solution to suit the whole family, make choices that enable and encourage children to stay organised. This could include coat pegs within their reach; baskets where they can easily find their scarves, gloves and winter woolies or a spot for them to sit down and remove their shoes.

We love the versatility of storage solutions from Ikea.

11. Use a modular system for hallway coat and shoe storage

String system used as hallway storage

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A modular system is a great hallway storage idea because you can personalise it completely to your space and needs. String shelving is made up of different modular components that you can build up and evolve as much as you want, choosing from shelves, cabinets, drawers and more. We love its neat looks – very contemporary Scandi.

12. Upcycle antiques to create practical hallway storage

floral wallpaper in hallway with coat rack and drawers

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We love this combination of ideas: a useful pegboard for everything from coats to dog leads to keys, and a cabinet to stash away everything from letters to all those bits and pieces that end up on the hall table, however hard you try to keep it tidy...

13. Be clever with hallway furniture ideas

Under stair storage idea using an ikea book shelf

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Another clever idea using budget furniture that can be easily adapted to an under stairs space. This bookcase and trolley combination is from Ikea and is a) smart, b) practical and c) affordable. Here, it's used for paperwork, but it would make a great storage solution for the family's shoes, scarves and gloves.

14. Pick a hallway wardrobe to hide coats away

Vanessa Arbuthnott home - photo Brent Darby

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If your hallway has the breadth, it's worth buying a wardrobe for it to hide away the family's coats and shoes. For a contemporary, light-starved space, choose one with glazed or mirrored doors to enhance the space; for a larger hallway like this one, pick one that's characterful to heighten the hallway's period feel.

Find more hallway and shoe storage inspiration here

Emily Shaw
Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.