In the morning you spoil your mood, in a hurry trying to find the keys, a scarf, and a second glove. Guests freeze on the threshold, not knowing where to put their wet outerwear. The closet is ready to burst from the abundance of things… Sounds familiar? Here’s how to make life easier if you have a small hallway.
1. Get The Baskets to Help.
The entrance hall is the most problematic area in terms of organizing order. Only in pictures of interior studios, small entrance areas look neat and minimalistic. In practice, small hallways are very quickly absorbed by chaos.
Children’s toys get tangled underfoot, scarves hang down over their heads, someone has already lost a glove. And there are so many shoes that it seems two more families live in the apartment with you. Proper sorting will help to cope with the clutter. No need to look for complicated ways – it’s enough to use baskets.
A textile, wicker, or metal basket is a handy utilitarian accessory. To save the hallway from unattended change, you can allocate different baskets for scarves, gloves, umbrellas, house slippers, and children’s toys. To find the things you need faster, without crowding in a cramped hallway, each family member can get a personal basket.
The beauty of this simple solution is its mobility. Baskets can hide under the bench, hang on hooks, stand on racks and shelves.
2. Use All Available Space
Specifically, corners and the space above the door. In the corner, an ergonomic shelf with a key holder can find a place. And/or you can put open shelves for shoes, which, if necessary, can “grow” all the way to the ceiling.
Closet took up the whole partition and goes into the doorway? Don’t let its ends go to waste, it can accommodate clothes hooks and hanging wire baskets for small items.
The space above the front door is also often “idle”. Open shelves or a mezzanine can fill the void.
3. Choose a “Floating” Shelf
Hanging shelves not only save space but also visually unload the space. In addition, they are devoid of furniture legs that make cleaning difficult – an important point for a hallway with its messy reputation.
A hanging shelf or narrow shelf will be a haven for the many important little things: letters, receipts, mobile devices, keys, and sunglasses that you always forget to take with you.
Besides, narrow shoe boxes are invented small hallways, which can also “float”, creating the illusion of empty space. Their upper part can be used as a surface for small things.
Inside these shoeboxes hide ergonomic sloping shelves, which allows them to be so “skinny”.
4. Remember, Doors Are Surface
Hiding all the rich inner world of a small hallway behind closet fronts seems like the surest way to maintain order. But you can’t hang wet clothes in the closet. And what to do if it has already taken all the free space for hangers? Use its doors.
When closed, the closet turns into a “wall” on which additional hooks can be placed. The same principle can be used for other doors present in the hallway if they open to the wall.
5. Assemble the “Constructor”
The most ergonomic solution for the average hallway can be a monolithic design, involving the surface from floor to ceiling. In such complexes, closed sections alternate with open ones, between them there are hooks for outerwear and, sometimes, a seat. But not every small hallway can accommodate even such a relatively compact design. Then ergonomic constructor will have to collect on their own from stands, shelves, and hooks, taking into account all the basic types of things that “live” at the entrance to the apartment: outerwear, shoes, accessories, bags, keys.
A hanging rod, which is mounted under the ceiling, will take up less space than a floor stand. It will hold more clothes than the wall-mounted hooks.
6. Have a Sit
You should try to “squeeze” in a small hallway seating. Then the interior will look more aesthetic, and you can comfortably take off and put on shoes without squatting to tie the laces. For small entrances, seats with a hinged lid, drawers, and shelves have been invented. An alternative is a vintage trunk or an ordinary bench under which shoes or those baskets with small things and accessories can fit.
AUTHOR BIO: Hannah Butler works as a content writer at a company that provides professional essay writing services for students. She likes sharing her experience in the form of articles in such a sphere as Decor. In her free time, Hannah enjoys rock climbing and bike riding.