In many smaller houses and apartments, storage and space are at a premium. If your home has a hallway, find ways to add extra storage without taking up valuable living space. As you plan hallway storage, consider how you can increase storage space without sacrificing style or decor.
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In a hallway, shallow bookcases can increase storage without taking up much space. Find the tallest shelves possible and line them next to each other in the hall. If you want to store items with visual appeal, like books or photos, leave the bookcases open. For storage of less attractive items, suspend large panels of fabric from the ceiling to the floor to hide the shelving units; this will create instant hidden storage and add a splash of colour and texture to your hallway.
For a storage unit that can also serve as a seating area, use a storage bench. Look for a bench with storage space under a movable top or one with built-in shelves in the base. A bench with shelves allows you to store items in the open or use baskets to conceal and hold smaller items. Look for benches that will not inhibit movement in the hallway or limit the full range of front and closet doors. When placed in an entry hallway, the bench serves as a place for family and guests to put on their shoes or to place bags as they enter or exit.
In particularly narrow hallways, use the corner space near a door to hold items. Install a set of shelves that run the full height of the wall or use a combination of corner shelves and hooks. Add padding and upholstery to the top of a bottom storage unit to create a seat for putting on shoes and getting ready. Corner storage makes use of the hallway space without restricting movement.
For a dual-purpose hallway storage unit, choose a shallow cabinet with mirrored doors. Look for a sleek, streamlined option with narrow doors that will not block the hallway when opened completely. Use the interior of the cabinet for storage and use the mirrors for quick image-checks when leaving the house. In a darker hallway, mirrors have the added benefit of reflecting light to give the impression of more space.
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