Organization of space

3 main principles how to equip a narrow entrance hall

The hall area is very important in the apartment, because it isWhat we see in the first place, entering the house. But what if it is too narrow? How to keep it functional and stylish at the same time, we asked interior designers If a person, according to the proverb, is greeted with clothes, then everything about the apartment, perhaps, can be said by looking at the hallway. Unfortunately, in many apartments hallways are not so spacious and wide, but they carry enough functions. What to do to visually expand the space and make it as useful as possible, we asked the professionals.


The peculiarity of the narrow hallway is that the objectsFurniture in it should be not wide, and in an ideal there should be a little. Therefore, the paramount task in arranging a narrow hallway is to understand what items you can not do without. Let's figure out what generally should be in the hallway and from what we can refuse:

  • The shoe. Can be replaced by a shelf with a grate.
  • A bench or an ottoman for sitting. Can be a narrow or folding bench.
  • Hanger for outer clothing. If the apartment has a dressing room, the closet in the hallway can be neglected, leaving an open coat rack for a pair of jackets.
  • Mirror in full growth. To save space, it can be fixed on the entrance door or one of the interior doors.
  • A bedside table for small items. Think about how much you need this thing, perhaps you decide to do with a small shelf at the entrance, where the keys and various trifles will lie.
  • Accessories, like umbrellas. They do not take up much space, so it's up to you to leave them or not.

As you can see, donate someObjects that were originally planned in the hallway, can be very simple. In addition, the main task is to preserve cleanliness and order here. Do not be afraid to throw away old things or, if they are dear to you, to take them far away to the mezzanine! Pay special attention to the decoration of walls and floor. Materials choose strong and wear-resistant: linoleum, ceramic tile, vinyl wallpaper. Also, be sure to install all the interior doors leading from the hallway in the same style. To visually combine the space, the doors can be painted in the color of the walls in the hallway and put the hidden doors without casing. Elena Krylova, interior designer: - It must be remembered that according to the rules of ergonomics the minimum width of the passage in the hallway should be 80 cm. Therefore, in the narrow hallway the cabinet will take up too much space. To decorate it is a separate shallow furniture: a hanger, bedside table, shelf, mirror. If it is difficult to refuse from the cabinet, make it with sliding doors, but not with swinging doors! Think about your routes. When installing interior items in the hallway, do not put them in the way of movement between rooms. The best thing is to arrange everything on one wall.

Visual extension

To make the narrow entrance hall visually wider,Designers are advised to add reflective surfaces or mirrors. Light is not less important - it can not only expand the space, but also adjust its layout and shape. The optimal option for lighting the hallway are recessed spotlights. If your hallway is long and narrow, the switches need to be installed not only on the side of the front door, but also on the side of the room, so that through the corridor you do not have to go. Also, designers recommend using drawings and prints: vertical bars make the room visually a little higher, and horizontal - wider. Olga Valle, interior designer: - Any narrow space is visually enlarged visually by mirrors. Therefore, a simple and effective solution is to make one of the walls mirror. Another solution for a narrow hallway is a full depth cupboard. I recommend placing the hangers in the closet in parallel to the wall, then you can make the depth of the cabinet 30-35 cm. Also, I advise you to look at open designer hangers that will not only be functional, but will also become an additional decoration of the interior. In our projects, we often use such solutions that allow you to abandon unnecessary tables and shelves.


When all the work is finished, do not forget to think aboutDecor of your hallway. Firstly, if you have a long corridor, put an interesting object at the end: a picture, a large chair, a decorative panel. Secondly, the walls of the hallway should not be left empty. You can decorate them both with bright colors and with drawings using different stencils. An interesting solution will be the use of slate paint or the creation of a magnetic board on one of the walls. Also, a long and narrow hallway is a great place for your family gallery. It can be like large canvases, and a composition of small photo frames. If you add a little creativity to the design of the hallway, taking into account all its functionality, it will acquire a completely new look!,,