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16 brilliant coat storage ideas to organise your entrance hallway

Fed up of coats piled high on the banister or lumped untidily on a chair? It sounds like your hallway is in desperate need of some creative coat storage ideas to help curb this pesky problem.
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These 16 coat storage ideas include something for everyone. Whatever your budget, style, or available space, you’ll find the perfect solution to organise your wares.

From traditional coat hooks to miniature boot rooms, DIY hanging racks to beautifully crafted bench coat racks; prepare to be inspired.

1. Create a miniature boot room

If you’re fortunate to have a porch or entrance hall with a little extra space, a boot room is a great solution.

A posh term for an organised dumping ground, a boot room equipped with coat hooks alongside tall cupboards or a shelf with baskets allows all sorts of wet, muddy outdoor gear to be neatly hidden away. Remember to choose your flooring wisely – a durable, easy-maintenance option is best.

2. Opt for built-in coat storage

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If you have plenty of space in your hallway, consider adding a wardrobe (either free-standing or built-in) to conceal coats, shoes, and other everyday paraphernalia.

Choose a design with sliding doors to save on space, particularly in narrow entrances. And add mirrored doors so you have somewhere to check your appearance before you leave the house.

3. The ultimate shoe and coat storage heaven

Under stairs storage ideas

For a more substantial solution, consider transforming the space under the stairs into savvy storage.

An experienced carpenter can help you design the best configuration of drawers and tall cupboards that will make the most of your space.

Although this is a more costly option than simply buying a coat rack, the result will be a staggeringly tidy hallway. In addition to having all your coats and shoes elegantly stored away under the stairs, you could even add value to your home.

4. Make the most of a small nook

What might at first glance look like a simple structural quirk could in fact offer a clever coat storage solution.

This homeowner has created a coat and shoe storage alcove where a doorway once was, helping to keep the clutter organised and out of the main thoroughfare. Why not paint the inside and woodwork surround to help section off the space as a designated storage area?

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5. Bench coat racks

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The great thing about bench coat racks is their versatility.

One option is an ‘off-the-shelf’ design – a piece of furniture comprising of a monk’s bench (great for storage) coupled with a tall shelf above a row of coat hooks.

Alternatively, there’s a bespoke option as seen in this concept, with seating and storage to fit your space to perfection. We love the neat box storage above with handy wicker baskets.

6. Embrace natural materials

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For a hallway that feels relaxing and inviting, choose furniture in natural materials, such as bamboo, wicker, and rattan.

These tactile textures are pleasing to the eye and offer a laidback beachy vibe, especially when teamed with ice cream wall colours.

Look out for a hallway rack that combines bench seating, shoe storage, and coat hooks for a handy and compact all-in-one solution.

7. The classic coat stand

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Whether you’re renting and prevented from drilling holes into walls, or you simply want an easy, relaxed look, then a freestanding coat stand is worth a thought.

Choose a design with space for a number of coats, scarves, and even hats. Team it with an equally easy shoe storage solution in the form of painted crates stacked on top of one another.

8. A simple but effective clothes hanging rack

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Another simple yet robust coat storage solution is a durable metal clothes rack with contemporary Scandi appeal.

Team it with a couple of shelves for letters and other bits and bobs, and don’t forget a handy key rack.

We also love this nifty tip of popping a mat down for shoes in order to protect the floor from dirt. Simply shake out the mat when necessary.

9. Coat storage ideas for those really wet days

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Winter coats can be bulky, particularly ski jackets, which can take a while to dry out. Look out for a functional, sturdy coat rack that can take their weight and use coat hangers so they dry efficiently.

In the colder, wetter months, pop a waterproof mat or tray underneath the rack to collect drips. If you can find a rack that also has a shoe shelf for keeping muddy shoes off the floor, even better!

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10. Classic coat hooks

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Hands up if you’ve got coats for summer, winter, special occasions, and all those in-between days. We hear you! But don’t let your coat obsession be the bane of your life.

With sturdy and substantial coat hooks, you can store your seasonal coats in an orderly fashion.

Be ruthless with your coat choice – only hang out the coats you use for that time of year, and store the rest away for when you need them. That way your coat rack won’t be so chocker.

Team with a handy bench, a metal boot rack, and painted wall panelling, and you’ve got yourself a neat and stylish shoe and coat storage solution in one.

11. Go for feature wall hooks

If you’re tight on space, it’s best to limit the number of coats and shoes in your entrance hallway, perhaps looking for built-in storage in your bedroom instead to store outerwear that’s not in regular use.

Then opt for a row of wall hooks that create a feature in their own right. These hexagonal bamboo wall hooks are simple but eye-catching, but there are all manner of decorative wall hooks to choose from in an array of different materials.

12. A traditional peg rail

Clever coat storage ideas

We love this cool peg rail that can be used for everything from shopping baskets to handbags, coats to hanging plants.

For a clean finish, paint the rail the same colour as the wall. Meanwhile, for extra storage, think about adding a number of peg rails along the entire length of the hallway.

13. DIY coat storage ideas

For a budget-friendly coat storage idea, consider a rail-based organiser.

Opt for a copper pipe with hangers, or a black metal rail with S hooks (often found in the kitchen department), for a simple and cost-effective hallway hanging space.

14. The ladder hack

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Do you love a quirky hack? What about upcycling a lightweight wooden ladder, adding hooks to one of the sides, and fixing it horizontally along your hallway wall? Funky, right? We think so!

Be sure to fix the ladder using robust screws that will be able to take some weight. If in doubt, hire a handyperson near you to help mount the ladder to the wall.

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15. Bespoke solutions for a narrow hallway

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In a particularly narrow hallway, finding a local carpenter to build you some bespoke storage that neatly fits the space could be your salvation.

Make the most of the entire wall by designing a bench at the bottom with cubby holes for shoes, smart panelling in the middle with hooks for coats, and further open shelves at the top for items such as gloves and hats.

16. Coat storage ideas in an apartment

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If you have a hallway that is open-plan to the rest of your property, such as an apartment, it’s useful to clearly mark the area so guests know where to leave their things when they arrive.

A casual coat stand and open shoe storage will not only make it easy for guests to use but will also encourage the whole family, including children, to tidy away their own items and keep the hallway area orderly.

Consider painting a statement wall and adding a decorative rug to define the entrance, as seen above. Or cleverly screen off your hallway storage area, as this homeowner has done, below.

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