The secret to beautiful hallways, big or small – it's all in the storage...

If you want a beautiful hallway, then you need to up your storage game. Our five ideas will ensure the smallest room in your home stays neat and tidy

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Did you know that hallways can be beautiful? You may not have realised as, annoyingly so, the hallway is that area that accumulates a lot of clutter. And, depending on the time of year, there can be numerous items of clothing, wellies, shoes and school bags to deal with in a hallway! Maximise space in yours by investing in a few pieces to keep it clutter-free and you're on the road to a warm (and stylish) welcome home, every single day. 

Even if your budget is tight, you only need to make a few inexpensive changes to nail your space, so these storage solutions for your hallway, no matter what size, are going to come in handy. After all, it might be the smallest room in the house but it is space that your guests see first and that you have to look at every time you come in or leave the house...

Have a look at our top hallway storage picks below and check out more great hallway storage ideas in our gallery. 

1. Add a stylish Scandi bench to store and sit 

Hallway storage ideas

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Hallway benches are a useful bit of kit as they say - you can perch on it to pop your shoes on, have the kids school bags on it ready for the next morning or keep the dog’s lead on it. This beautiful blond oak Oslo design by Cox & Cox (opens in new tab) has a handy shelf underneath too and it’s narrow, so you can fit it in a small hallway.

For more shoe storage ideas we can help too!

2. Hang small storage to keep the post  

Hallway storage ideas

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Did you know that the Victorians invented ‘post catchers’ to sit below the letter box to catch the post? Well, the Farringdon letter holder by Garden Trader (opens in new tab) is inspired by those designs of the past. Though this holder is more for those items you don’t want to forget to take out with you – Granny’s birthday card that needs posting, or Teddy’s dog lead.

3. Choose a multi-use piece of storage furniture

Hallway storage ideas

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This clever piece of storage from Rockett St George (opens in new tab) is dual-use and that’s exactly what you want for a hallway. It looks great with its black metal finish and the two levels of coat hooks are super handy. AND the bench comes with two drawers and a shelf – what more do you need? 

4. Pick up slimline hallway storage

Hallway storage ideas

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The STÄLL (opens in new tab) shoe cabinet from Ikea is a firm favourite here, and if you do have a slimline hallway it’s one of the best racks you can buy. The clever pull-out design will keep you and your families shoes neat and tidy, no more tripping over shoes strewn across the hall, and there’s a tiny shelf on top for keys and a small vase.

For more small hallway ideas our feature will inspire you.

5. Or go for a slimline console table 

Hallway storage ideas

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A console table! They are one of the most useful pieces of furniture you can invest in, they double as a hallway table, a slim desk, dressing table and an extra table for a living room. This stylish design is called Toshi (opens in new tab), it’s made from mango wood with brass inlay and a cement drawer finish, and is wide enough to fit a good sized lamp on. 

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Sophie Warren-Smith
Sophie Warren-Smith
Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 18 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie has a passion for flowers and colour and has recently launched an online styling course, Style with Blooms.