Storage Ideas for Narrow Hallways
How to create storage in less than two feet of space.
Not being able to get organized due to lack of space is really a bummer. For the longest time I had plenty of space for everything I needed. That all changed when we moved.
Learning to be creative was a challenge in the temporary place where we were staying, but eventually we found a way. One thing I still needed a solution for was trying to find a better way to store my bottled water.
In the beginning our plans were to build something from scratch. However, I was able to find a cabinet on sale that aided in my solution. With a few added shelves, the final product turned out to be better than the original plan.
Take a look at what we did in a narrow hallway, utilizing the small space we had available to create a storage solution.
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Poll: Extra Storage
Could you use more hallway storage?
Bathroom Cabinet I used for the Hallway
White 2 Cabinet Drop Door Spacesaver - Fits most standard tank areas.
This 2 door space saving cabinet has the added convenience of a drop down door for small items. Although it is made for a bathroom, you can use it anywhere.
The cabinet is actually two separate sections, so you can use each piece in different areas if you like.
Check the measurements of your space to be sure this will fit your area.
Made of wood construction, this cabinet fits over most standard toilet tanks.
Has a painted white finish and is easy to assemble.
Measures 22-1/26-inch wide by 65-1/4-inch high by 7-1/4-inch deep.
Made in the USA.
This is how I used to store my water in the hall. The bottles didn't exactly stack properly and would often tip over if anyone bumped into them.
Additional bottles were stored on the porch, but would get too hot in the summer and freeze solid in the winter. Not a good solution for keeping water.
Obviously we had to come up with another solution.
How much space to you have?
Before I could do anything I needed to know how much room I actually had.
The first thing I needed to do after deciding on what I wanted, was to take some measurements.
Even though I knew what I wanted, I had to make sure I had the space to do it. I also had to make sure it wouldn't interfere with the opening of the door to the left of where it would be housed.
You can see my space was really limited, but it was doable. Height wasn't an issue, but only having 8" depth and 12" width to work with certainly was a problem.
After taking our measurements, the solution was to build a shelving unit that would hold 9 - 12 gallons of water.
The cost to build the project would be around $90.00, which included wood, paint, brush and brackets for securing it.
What are we dealing with realistically?
There were already some cabinets that were in the small hallway. Adding too much more would be hazardous, because we would be running into it if it was too large for this narrow space.
The new shelving unit I wanted for water needed to be smaller or at least the same distance as the others.
Another thing I was concerned about was the doorknob hitting the cabinet, so I did a quick fix.
Taking some fabric, I doubled it and wrapped it around the knob. On top of that I put a plastic sandwich baggie and used a rubber band to secure it.
Although it didn't look fancy, it worked for the moment and was a quick fix.
Building the Hallway Cabinet
We changed our minds.
My husband had planned on getting all the materials to build the water shelving unit on Saturday. He would finish this project and while waiting for the paint to dry he would assemble the new cabinet for the bathroom. (The one in the photo.)
We had just purchased a bathroom cabinet to replace the one we had. This new one would give us more storage with the drop down cupboard.
I also needed some shelves and had priced them out about $25.00. By selecting this cabinet we solved our problem. The bottom part of the cabinet we didn't need, so we planned on using it in another room for bookshelves.
On Friday I noticed that the dimensions fit in the space in the hallway. This changed everything! So instead of using it where I originally wanted, we changed our plans.
The fact is, it would cost less to use this unit and buy one piece of wood than to go with our original plans.
Painting the Shelves
The wood was cut to fit the pre-existing frame from the cabinet we had recently purchased. Unfortunately, this measurement from the floor to the bottom of the drop down cabinet didn't allow for me to have three shelves, but it worked out anyway.
Since I only needed to paint two shelves, I really didn't want to buy any paint if I could help it. We looked at all the left over paint we had, and nothing matched. Before purchasing any paint my husband asked around to see if anyone had a small amount left they weren't using.
Sure enough someone had about an inch left in the bottom of a can left over from a project they had finished. It wasn't enough to really do anything except for a shelf or two. Perfect! I advised my husband to offer to pay for it, but kindly the person gave him the paint so it cost us nothing.
Installing the New Cabinet
It didn't take long to assemble the cabinet using the instructions that were included in the box. My husband likes to use the Spanish instructions for fun.
After the unit was together, it was time to add the two shelves.
We then set the cabinet in position and secured it to the wall with the strap that comes with the package. Be sure to always use it, making sure that it is safe and will not fall when loaded.
It was a tight squeeze, but it turned out OK.
Now I have the shelves for 9 gallons of water, plus I have extra storage that I use for first aid stuff.
It looks so much nicer than what I had originally budgeted for, and has 2 cabinets to boot. The total cost was less than $40 thanks to the cabinet being on sale!
Side View of Hallway
Want to save that paint? - Try this when you have a small amount of paint left in the can.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Space Saving Cabinets - Make sure to measure correctly for proper fit.
Space saving units are great for practically any room of your house, not just the bathroom. If you are looking for functional furniture, try looking at one of these.
There are a number of designs, styles, sizes and colors to select from when adding to the right decor of your home.
There are so many options to select from in designing the right look for your room. Instead of the traditional ideas you may like a more elegant cabinet with glass doors.
Another idea that I like for small areas is the use of a corner cabinet. You utilize a space that is hard to fill for conventional furniture and it draws attention to the piece.
This model has the benefit of shelves and a cabinet.
Soft white painted finish on wood.
Added adjustable shelves, 1 faux slate shelf, panel door with translucent insert.
Sometimes the only space you have is a corner. That's where the Ellsworth Collection piece design comes in handy.
The two doors have a shutter styling in a tall cupboard. Includes three open shelves on top for additional storage or display space and one shelf in the bottom cabinet. Other pieces are available from this collection.
Poll: You Decide
Did I make the right choice using the cabinet?
Solutions for Narrow & Small Hallways
Select Various Baskets for Your Rooms
Storage Baskets & Containers for Shelves - Literally hundreds of items to select from in baskets.
Whatever your style you can find it here. Choose from woven rattan, wood, cloth, wire, mesh baskets in every color and size you could possibly need.
If you want to spruce up your cabinet shelves, try adding linen lined baskets like the ones seen below. These work great for guest towels or bathroom supplies and can be easily washed.
Wire baskets make it easy to see what is inside and works well for larger items like rolls of tissue paper, larger bottles, extra soap or cleaning products.
It's easy to mix and match the type of basket for each décor in the room. Try adding solid containers with wire for a more up tempo look.
Rope Storage Baskets with Linen Liners
Rope baskets come in three sizes.
Create the storage you need by designing it to fit your family. Take a look at these solutions. Combine shelves, baskets, hooks and rods to make a unique piece for your hallway.
Open Closets in the Hallway - Create them tall or small.Click thumbnail to view full-size
White Hallway Cabinets with Coat Rack
Naples white hall tree is made of poplar solids and engineered wood. It features two open storage shelves, four double storage hooks and a lift-top storage compartment.
Measures 40-inch width by 18-1/2-inch depth by 64-inch height.
Two open storage areas at the top, four double hooked coat rings, lower storage compartment with antiqued brushed nickel hardware.
Hallway Storage Unit with Baskets
Not everyone like a hallway unit to show off all their coats, hats or footwear. For those customers I have selected this hallway storage unit with baskets. Maybe your do have a coat closet, but need extra storage for those other items like gloves, mittens, hats, scarves or whatever else that usually ends up in the hallway.
This unit comes with plenty of rattan baskets in two sizes for convenience. It's great to use on a sun porch, mud room, kids play room or laundry room as well.
Chrome hooks can be mounted on any surface where there is a solid backing. Select from many more styles, sizes and colors that fits your project.
Excellent for attaching to doors, cabinets, closets, walls or storage furniture.
Drop Door Cabinets
A Fresh New Look
Hidden Storage in Limited Spaces - Drop Door Cabinets for An Elegant StyleClick thumbnail to view full-size
Encourage Reading in Your Home
Bookshelves & Books for Narrow Hallways - Display a wall of books for the family to encourage literacy in your home. Change them often and add new selectioClick thumbnail to view full-size
Narrow Hallway Storage Solved - You can see how it all came together.
Storage Containers for Small Places
Having storage containers that can be easily toted about is another thing I invested in for this project. You can read about the ones I chose here: Craft Storage Containers with Handles
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