4 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Hallway Space

We want your house to feel comfortable, pretty, and practical. So, we're going to show you how to use the space in your hallway.
4 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Hallway Space

Last update: 29 May, 2023

Hallways have a reputation for being huge areas of empty space that can make your house’s layout awkward. So we want to show you a different way of looking at them. Today, we’re going to open you up to a world of possibilities on how to take advantage of your hallway space. 

Who wouldn’t want a bit of extra space for storage? That’s exactly why we wanted to write this article. We want you to be able to turn this neglected area into the best part of your house. We know you’ll love our ideas.

How to take advantage of your hallway space

Shoe holder

compact shoe cabinet

Shoes aren’t easy to store. They take up too much space in closets and walking around the house in them just makes everything dirty. We’ve even written an article about not wearing your shoes inside the house.

So, if you want to take advantage of your hallway and follow this rule, why not put a shoe cabinet in it? There’s some gorgeous wooden furniture you can use for storage and decor. But don’t let it be the only thing in the area. You could also put up some pictures that go well with the furniture you chose (color, style, etc).

2. An extra closet

If you have at least 50 inches of free space in your hallway, this is the best way to take advantage of it. You can put in closets on both sides if you have enough room. Pick out a closet that reaches your ceiling to get the maximum storage space.

We recommend you paint it the same color as the walls so that it blends in. It’s also best if it has sliding doors so that it doesn’t block the space when you open it.

You can use it to store towels, sheets, tablecloths, and clothes when the season changes. You could even just use it to file away papers, or as a place to keep board games or toys. There are endless de-cluttering possibilities.

hallway with books

If you’re a book lover, you probably have tons and tons of books, but never enough space for all of them. You can guess what we’re thinking: take advantage of your hallway and put in a bookshelf! Choose normal-sized books and show off your favorites.

Just make sure the shelves are adjustable so that you can fit in as many as you need, and always show off the most beautiful. If you have some removable panels, you can close off a few shelves to file papers or store something other than books.

4. Dresser and mirror

dresser and mirror

This option is less about practicality and storage, and more of an aesthetic choice. A dresser or sideboard can add a really charming touch to this cold, empty space. You could even restore an antique to give it an even more intimate feel.

A mirror makes a perfect complement, and plants will give the area some life. If you have a dark hallway, make sure the plants you choose can live without much sun.

Decor ideas

A baseboard

A baseboard is a short wooden board that runs along the bottom edge of a wall to protect it from damage. 

You can install one to fill your hallway with personality and give it a personal touch. They’re a key part of a hallway decoration, and you can find them in all sorts of colors and shapes, and even with reliefs, molds, etc…

A rug

baseboard and rug in a hallway

If you have a long hallway, you should think about adding a rug. It will add warmth to the space, change your perception of it, and fill it with color.


Hallways are a great place to put up wallpaper as a contrast to the rest of the walls in your home. You can pick one that matches with the rest of the colors but has its own bold shapes and designs.


You can use lighting to make the hallway feel bigger. What you need is an intense, general kind of lighting that doesn’t cast shadows. You could also add a table lamp if you have a piece of furniture to put it on.

Use our ideas on how to take advantage of your hallway and make them your own. Then show us what you come up with!