If you’re regularly delayed by a frantic hunt for lost outerwear, it might be time to get your hallway in shape. Check out these easy tips for designing an entrance that’s wonderfully neat and brilliantly organised.
Corral your clutter
Every home needs a loading bay by the door – a surface for dumping all your small items. A stylish console table is the obvious choice, but if you’re trying to save space, a smaller zone will do the trick. Add an attractive dish or basket, where you can pop loose change, keys and all the other bits and pieces that find their way into your bag and pockets. Want to be even more organised? Locate your surface next to a plug socket so you can charge your phone and quickly pick it up when you leave the house.
Takeaway tip: To clear space on your table top, consider installing a magnetic knife strip nearby to quickly hang your keys on.
Avoid a heap of coats on the banister by installing enough hooks for your outerwear. A handy shelf with a row of coat hooks underneath is ideal for keeping your jackets and bags in order. Position another line of coat pegs at a lower level for kids to easily hang their bags and jackets, rather than discarding them on the floor.
Takeaway tip: If you’re going for an industrial look, a metal utensil rail with hooks works well as a quirky alternative to regular coat pegs.
Filter your footwear
Keep shoes in order with a neat rack, or a couple of rows of low shelves, and pop a seat nearby to make it easy to pull on tricky boots and trainers. Alternatively, splash out on a storage bench with a padded seat and plenty of room for footwear below.
Takeaway tip: Need somewhere for your wellies? Position an extra row of pegs in a low spot, so you can hang your muddy boots upside down when you come home.
Round up your outerwear
If you’re always losing your gloves and hats, keep them together in an attractive basket in your hallway. In a busy home you might need more than one, so consider allocating a different type of item to each basket, or give every member of the household their own storage hamper.
Takeaway tip: For a super stylish and organised hallway find an attractive umbrella stand in a design that complements your outerwear baskets.