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Storage Ideas for Narrow Hallways

Storage Ideas for Small Places


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

Bathroom Cabinet I used for the Hallway

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Available on Amazon

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.

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Not Good

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.

Here is the hallway before changes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Available from Amazon

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.

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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.

Hallway after the changes. Perfect fit!

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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

You can see all the cabinets in line. The water unit is actually smaller.

You can see all the cabinets in line. The water unit is actually smaller.

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.

Great Options

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.

Poll: You Decide

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

Open Closets

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.

White Hallway Cabinets with Coat Rack

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

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.

Also great for small spaces is the Slim Rolling Pantry 6 Tier Shelf I recently purchased.

Encourage Reading in Your Home

Narrow Hallway Storage Solved - You can see how it all came together.

The water storage is no longer a problem with the newly installed cabinet.

The water storage is no longer a problem with the newly installed cabinet.

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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I hope you found some good storage ideas. - Thanks for visiting. Leave a comment or just say Hi.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on April 08, 2021:

It was well worth it. The cabinet still serves us well. Appreciate your visit and comment.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 22, 2020:

Very well illustrated and well presented. Thanks.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on September 18, 2020:

Hello Denise, I loved how this space turned out but since covid I've had to update it. Still using everything, but reorganized and repositioned all but one cabinet. Everything still works and I'm really pleased with it. I'm sure your husband would like to see his treasures displayed and have easy access to them. There are so many great ideas out there these days no doubt you'll find the right combo for him. Thanks - blessings!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 18, 2020:

I love the bookshelf ideas. We have a very small hallway and my husband collects DVDs. Right now they are in boxes in the bedroom closet and I hate it. I need to create something like this so he can find what he wants and I can have my closet back for clothes.



Fay Favored (author) from USA on January 18, 2016:

RTalloni glad this gave you some ideas for your own storage. It would be good to see how you addressed your storage problem with some photos and the details. Perhaps you would write about what you did when you're finished the project.

RTalloni on January 11, 2016:

These ideas have helped me think through the best way to use some space in a short hallway. We want to keep the lower half wider, but the upper half could be built so that the depth of one wall is doubled or perhaps tripled. That would allow some storage in a space that would otherwise be useless. Thanks!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on November 19, 2014:

Thanks TreasuresBrenda. Seems that storage is my number 1 issue these days.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on November 09, 2014:

Great idea to maximize storage space by using a hallway!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 19, 2014:

viryabo2 I hope you have found some good ideas here for your place. Thanks for your comment and visit.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 19, 2014:

Arachnea I can relate to your limited space issue. Perhaps you could find a similar vertical space saving unit and have it cut down. My husband has done things like that, but you need to be sure the blade is really share so you don't damage the surface. You could also use 2x2's and frame something yourself to exact measurements. Just be sure that it is secured to the wall so it doesn't tip.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 19, 2014:

tazzytamar I don't think we ever outgrow the need for storage, but young families certainly need more I think. Kids need so much stuff that finding good solutions to store it is always welcome. Nice to see you again.

Pawpawwrites thanks for visiting with me; it's always good to see you.

gottaloveit2 finding storage solutions in an RV can be tough. I'd think vertical cabinets would be something that would work for you.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 19, 2014:

Suzanne Day Thanks for the thumbs up. I know what you mean about al that extra stuff. Having some hidden places for those things does come in handy.

Jemjoseph 3 I do the same thing in looking for more space. There's just so much room, so why not take advance of those vertical spaces right. Appreciate your visit and comment.

gottaloveit2 on October 13, 2014:

Nice ideas for storage when there is little area. I can use some of these tips in my RV as it's got a small kitchen galley. Thanks.

Jim from Kansas on October 05, 2014:

Great ways to increase storage space, for homes with narrow hallways. There are lots of folks, who could use more storage.

Anna from chichester on October 03, 2014:

Great ideas! As a young family, storage is always going to be needed!!

Jemjoseph on September 25, 2014:

You did a great job with your limited space, I love space savers, because even if I have a reasonable amount of space in a room a space saver can minimize the possibility of clutter. When I go to furniture stores I often scan for furniture that is more vertical for that reason, maximizing unused vertical space can do a lot for a small room and you have some great selections here.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on September 23, 2014:

Some good ideas for narrow hallways in here! I particularly liked the shelves with the nine hidden compartments, because, let's face it, I have a lot of cr*p on display! Voted useful.

viryabo2 on September 14, 2014:

Wonderful ideas. We do have some corridor, hallway, or even dead spaces around our homes. They can be put to great use in any of these ways.

Great hub.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 13, 2014:

I've been here before when this was a Squidoo lens. I'm revisiting to remind myself I need to do something with the small area at the entry to the apartment. This has given me some ideas. I have a narrow and not-so-wide area as I walk into my apartment I want to use. Eight inches is the depth I'm looking at and no more than three feet wide. It's wasted space, imho. Great lens come hub.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on July 28, 2014:

@Sylvestermouse: Have you looked at bathroom cabinets for your kitchen hallway? They are smaller & sometimes fit with no changes made.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on July 27, 2014:

How creative and truly awesome! I have a narrow hallway off my kitchen and I would love to have a pantry there. I could sure use the additional storage space.

yayang0405 lm on July 07, 2014:

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on April 12, 2014:

This worked out great for you guys. It's amazing how you can make things work with a little bit of planning and patience. Thanks for sharing your firsthand experience on this well-created and informative lens. A little late, but congrats on your LOTD and Purple Star. Stay blessed!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 21, 2014:

@anonymous: I appreciate your visit. Welcome to Squidoo.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 21, 2014:

@Craftymarie: Hope you find something here you can use that works for your space. Thank you for leaving your nice smile!

Marie on March 21, 2014:

You've done a great job with your hallway area - they can be tough to get right. Our hallway is OK but I can sure use these ideas for our box room which is tiny and in desperate need of storage.

KimGiancaterino on March 20, 2014:

Your shelf solution worked out great.

anonymous on March 13, 2014:

Good lenses, thank you for sharing this information and it is very interesting!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on March 10, 2014:

I have a couple spacesavers shelves. They really do come in handy.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 08, 2014:

@anonymous: Appreciate it.

anonymous on March 06, 2014:

You made very good use of the space you had available. Very well done

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 06, 2014:

@smine27: I agree. Do what you can with what you have.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on March 05, 2014:

I think utilizing hallways is great for storage especially if you live in a small place like I do. Every space must be used!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 05, 2014:

@aminebombom: Thank you Amine. I appreciate your visit and comment.

Amine from Doha, Qatar on March 05, 2014:

Coat hooks and Storage Baskets really give you a storage space, specially when i hang coat upon coat, thank you for those great ideas,

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 04, 2014:

@Elaine Chen: It worked for us. Glad you liked the idea.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on March 04, 2014:

@sha-ron: Thank you. Appreciate your comment and visit.

sha-ron on March 03, 2014:

Good ideas for storage in small places and hallways

Elaine Chen on February 28, 2014:

I like your storage ideas for narrow hallways; it is smart way to keep room looks tidy as well

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 26, 2014:

@shellys-space: I think he does it to show off, especially when he knows I need it done fast. It is funny though.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 26, 2014:

@evawrites1: Thank you Eva. I like the make-over you did on your desk. Looks great.

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on February 26, 2014:

Your husband is funny using the Spanish directions :) Great tips on small storage solutions for a hallway or a small space. I often use read-to-use cabinets too!

evawrites1 on February 26, 2014:

So much better, and much tidier too! I could use some hallway space too, great ideas.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 26, 2014:

@VioletteRose LM: Appreciate your visit Violette.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 26, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: Thank you Barbara, I appreciate it.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 26, 2014:

@Aladdins Cave: Gus, you canceled your FB account remember? Thanks for your support. I appreciate it.

VioletteRose LM on February 25, 2014:

Great ideas, I am always looking for ideas to find storage space. Thank you!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on February 25, 2014:

congratulations on LoTD, wonderful page (I'm a bit of storage fanatic - love being organized)

Aladdins Cave from Melbourne, Australia on February 25, 2014:

Great Lens. Just Tweeted it for you as well.

Where's my photo on the LIKED wall ???? The most gorgeous bloke on Squidoo !

Cheers & God Bless

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:

@nonya222: Thank you for the kind words and visit. I appreciate it.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:

@angela-amor: Thank you for visiting. Welcome aboard.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:

@Frischy: Thank you for your comment and visit. I appreciate your time.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:

@kathysart: Thank you Kathy for visiting. I appreciate it.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:

@Virginia Allain: It is a great way to display books and encourage reading I think. Nice to see you Virginia.

kathysart on February 24, 2014:

Excellent info.. just what I needed.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:

@Margaret Schindel: Nice to see you Margaret. I appreciate your visit.