Nobody wants to step through the front door into a hallway full of clutter, but it is a busy space that can very quickly decline into a state of disarray. So, follow our top tips to get your hallway looking as tidy as possible before the big winter coats come out…
First and foremost, think about storage space. Coat hooks, drawers, baskets – you can never have too many places to hide miscellaneous items. Why not allocate a drawer for each member of the household? Then, you’ll all have a convenient spot to place your things when you come in, and pick them up from when you leave.
Rather than lining shoes up by the front door, get yourself a shoe rack or, if you want them out of sight, a large lidded basket.
If you’ve got cupboards under the stairs, try to keep only essential coats and shoes in them. During the warmer months, swap out puffy winter coats for lighter jackets you’ll wear most often, and vice versa. It’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for and leaves space for your guests’ coats too.
The hallway is the obvious place to keep your keys so that you always know exactly where they are. A wall-hung key holder is a sensible option, but make sure to place it out of direct sight and a good distance from the door itself.
Try keeping an ‘essentials’ basket near the front door, containing all those easily misplaced items, like a foldable umbrella, a torch and hats and gloves for winter.
If your hallway is big enough, add some form of seating. It makes taking off and putting on shoes much less complicated and you can even accessorise with cushions to bring some style to your hallway. If you can, opt for a bench with inbuilt drawers or a lower rack – seating and storage in one!