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Storage Ideas for Narrow Hallways

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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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Bathroom Cabinet I used for the Hallway

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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.

Zenith Products 9401W Drop Door Spacesaver, White
Zenith Products 9401W Drop Door Spacesaver, White

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.

 
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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

Want to save that paint? - Try this when you have a small amount of paint left in the can.

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Place a layer of plastic wrap on top of the can before sealing.Put the lid over the plastic and tap it down to seal the can.
Place a layer of plastic wrap on top of the can before sealing.
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Place a layer of plastic wrap on top of the can before sealing.
Put the lid over the plastic and tap it down to seal the can.
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Put the lid over the plastic and tap it down to seal the can.

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 décor of your home.

Sauder Caraway Etagere Bath Cabinet, Soft White Finish
Sauder Caraway Etagere Bath Cabinet, Soft White Finish

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.

 
Zenith Products White Wood Callie Spacesaver
Zenith Products White Wood Callie Spacesaver

Open style with more shelves. This white wood spacesaver has recessed frame doors; unique contoured legs; decorative molding. It can easily be used as two sections.

Easy assembly; wipes clean with damp cloth.

Measures 62-Inch wide by 68.63-Inch high by 8-1/23-inches deep. USA made.

 

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.

Home Source Industries WAVE Bathroom Space Saver with Shelf and 2-Door Mirrored Cabinet, White
Home Source Industries WAVE Bathroom Space Saver with Shelf and 2-Door Mirrored Cabinet, White

Attractive solid wood white bathroom cabinet with shelf.

Unit comes with mirrored doors.

 
RiverRidge Ellsworth Tall Corner Etagere - White
RiverRidge Ellsworth Tall Corner Etagere - White

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?

  • Yes, it worked out great.
  • No, I would have built the shelves instead.
  • I don't know, it's your project.
  • Whatever floats your boat.
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Solutions for Narrow & Small Hallways

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.

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Winsome Wood Small Wired Rattan Baskets, Set of 3
Winsome Wood Small Wired Rattan Baskets, Set of 3

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•Tightly woven rattan in rich Espresso finish over sturdy wire frame

•Open end handles with wrapped edges for easy carrying

•Use alone or with Winsome Woods Espresso storage shelves

•Each measures 11 inches wide by 10 inches deep by 9-1/4 inches high

 

Linen Lined Baskets

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 and supplies.

Wire Baskets Serve Many Purposes

Spectrum 47870 Small Storage Basket, Chrome
Spectrum 47870 Small Storage Basket, Chrome

Wire baskets are great for items that may get a little dirty, like outdoor toys, snow shoes or boots. They are easily cleaned and you don't have a problem seeing what's inside.

 

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.

Open Closets in the Hallway - Create them tall or small.

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In less than 2 ft. deep 6 ft. wide you can create this unit.  Includes bench, drop down cupboard, coat hooks & baskets.Individual cubbies with open center space for hanging clothes.  Storage under bottom shelf for shoes.Metal unit with brackets create this open closet hallway space.  Clothes rod, shelves, baskets and slide baskets.In less than a 2 ft. deep wall, you can create a 16 section clothing space for the family.  Ceiling to floor unit uses all the space available.Smart options. Reverse 2 cabinets to create space in both rooms as it also adds a divider.  Add hooks to the back for hanging articles.Create a longer open closet using full size painted boards and bathroom hooks.  Plenty of storage now.A combination of closet, cabinet, drawers, hooks and shelves.  This is my favorite idea.  Everything works and it still looks neat.
In less than 2 ft. deep 6 ft. wide you can create this unit.  Includes bench, drop down cupboard, coat hooks & baskets.
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In less than 2 ft. deep 6 ft. wide you can create this unit. Includes bench, drop down cupboard, coat hooks & baskets.
Individual cubbies with open center space for hanging clothes.  Storage under bottom shelf for shoes.
Individual cubbies with open center space for hanging clothes. Storage under bottom shelf for shoes.
Metal unit with brackets create this open closet hallway space.  Clothes rod, shelves, baskets and slide baskets.
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Metal unit with brackets create this open closet hallway space. Clothes rod, shelves, baskets and slide baskets.
In less than a 2 ft. deep wall, you can create a 16 section clothing space for the family.  Ceiling to floor unit uses all the space available.
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In less than a 2 ft. deep wall, you can create a 16 section clothing space for the family. Ceiling to floor unit uses all the space available.
Smart options. Reverse 2 cabinets to create space in both rooms as it also adds a divider.  Add hooks to the back for hanging articles.
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Smart options. Reverse 2 cabinets to create space in both rooms as it also adds a divider. Add hooks to the back for hanging articles.
Create a longer open closet using full size painted boards and bathroom hooks.  Plenty of storage now.
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Create a longer open closet using full size painted boards and bathroom hooks. Plenty of storage now.
A combination of closet, cabinet, drawers, hooks and shelves.  This is my favorite idea.  Everything works and it still looks neat.
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A combination of closet, cabinet, drawers, hooks and shelves. This is my favorite idea. Everything works and it still looks neat.

White Hallway Cabinets with Coat Rack

Home Styles 5530-49 Naples Hall Tree, White Finish
Home Styles 5530-49 Naples Hall Tree, White Finish

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.

 
Home Styles 5022-49 Nantucket Hall Tree, Distressed White
Home Styles 5022-49 Nantucket Hall Tree, Distressed White

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.

Hall Tree Storage Units

Winsome Wood Leo Wood 4 Tier Shelf with 5 Rattan Baskets - 1 large; 4 small in Espresso Finish
Winsome Wood Leo Wood 4 Tier Shelf with 5 Rattan Baskets - 1 large; 4 small in Espresso Finish

Combine a few of these storage units side by side for a more dramatic look.

The 42" high wood shelf comes with 4 tiers for the wire rimmed Espresso finish Rattan baskets; 1 large and 4 small.

Match with other shelves from this collection.

Comes complete with tools for assembly.

 

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.

Franklin Brass 123081 Palladium, Bath Hardware Accessory, Double Robe Hook
Franklin Brass 123081 Palladium, Bath Hardware Accessory, Double Robe Hook

Polished chrome zinc die cast hook has an easy clip installation and includes all the mounting hardware.

 

Coat Hooks & Hardware

Gatco 584 Dove Wardrobe Hook, Chrome
Gatco 584 Dove Wardrobe Hook, Chrome

Contemporary style hand polished chrome finish hook has concealed screw mounting hardware that is included.

Towel bars in various lengths and toilet paper holders to match are available.

Comes with a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.

 

Drop Door Cabinets

A Fresh New Look

Hidden Storage in Limited Spaces - Drop Door Cabinets for An Elegant Style

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Nine hidden compartments with 3 open spaces allows you to store and show items in a limited area.Using 2 boards for a counter creates this narrow drop door cabinet.  It does not take away from the design at all.By cutting off the back legs of a cabinet, you can bring it flush to the wall. Drop drawers from 2 cabinets joined together by one countertop.One long continuous board was used here.  The space available was less than one foot wide, but plenty long.Remove the back legs to bring the cabinet closer to the wall.  Add a mirror and overhead lighting to make the room look larger.
Nine hidden compartments with 3 open spaces allows you to store and show items in a limited area.
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Nine hidden compartments with 3 open spaces allows you to store and show items in a limited area.
Using 2 boards for a counter creates this narrow drop door cabinet.  It does not take away from the design at all.
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Using 2 boards for a counter creates this narrow drop door cabinet. It does not take away from the design at all.
By cutting off the back legs of a cabinet, you can bring it flush to the wall. Drop drawers from 2 cabinets joined together by one countertop.
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By cutting off the back legs of a cabinet, you can bring it flush to the wall. Drop drawers from 2 cabinets joined together by one countertop.
One long continuous board was used here.  The space available was less than one foot wide, but plenty long.
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One long continuous board was used here. The space available was less than one foot wide, but plenty long.
Remove the back legs to bring the cabinet closer to the wall.  Add a mirror and overhead lighting to make the room look larger.
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Remove the back legs to bring the cabinet closer to the wall. Add a mirror and overhead lighting to make the room look larger.

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 selectio

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I love this idea.  Use long shelves to create a display space for books.Narrow hallways are great for small bookshelves and encourage reading because they are so visible.Most don't have hallways this long, but we can use this idea of shelves and drawers with windows in between.
I love this idea.  Use long shelves to create a display space for books.
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I love this idea. Use long shelves to create a display space for books.
Narrow hallways are great for small bookshelves and encourage reading because they are so visible.
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Narrow hallways are great for small bookshelves and encourage reading because they are so visible.
Most don't have hallways this long, but we can use this idea of shelves and drawers with windows in between.
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Most don't have hallways this long, but we can use this idea of shelves and drawers with windows in between.

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

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favored 3 days ago from USA Hub Author

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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gottaloveit2 9 days ago Level 4 Commenter

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.


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