Whether you’re a singleton with an impressive collection of shoes, or a family that finds the hallway swamped with trainers, wellies, flip-flops, and slippers, you could probably benefit from some extra shoe storage. From the usual shoe rack to keep by the front door through to over door shoe racks and discreet cabinets that can keep shoes out of sight, you’ll find a wide range of shoe storage solutions on offer.
Once you’ve got a place for shoes, the next step is to go for a coat stand. Easy to position in a porch or corner of your hall, a coat stand has ample room for coats and jackets, as well as giving you a place to hang scarves and stash umbrellas. If you lack the space for a freestanding coat stand then putting up some wall hooks gives you places to store coats while keeping the floors free. Console tables add an element of elegance, and are also a place to store keys and organise post.
Despite the fact that hallways are meant to be connecting spaces between rooms they have a habit of collecting clutter and odds and ends from all around the house. Unfortunately this makes them look messy, and also creates trip hazards in them. Get your hallways under control with some hallway storage. Some are all-in-one units that have coat hooks, shelves, and storage boxes so you can do away with shoe racks and coat stands, while others feature multiple drawers so you can keep a variety of items stashed safely away. Storage chests can also fit nicely into hallways, giving you plenty of room to keep all kinds of things out of sight until you need them. Some even double up as benches, which make them great for adding to bedrooms or living rooms so you can have a little extra seating for when guests come around.
To really combine storage and furniture in style it’s worth getting one or two ottomans for the living room. Ottomans come in a variety of formats these days, from the original long, sofa style configuration, to ottoman stools and ottoman beds.
If you’re not sure how to tackle your storage don’t panic. Have a look at our storage ideas for advice and tips on how to best use storage solutions to keep your house tidy and beautiful.