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When was the last time you thought about — really thought about — your hallways? This under-appreciated, unloved part of the home often gets glossed over, and it's somewhat understandable — its main job is to deliver you from room to room, after all. But if you're neglecting your hallways and leaving them bare, you're doing your home a disservice not just from a design perspective, but from a functionality standpoint as well.
No matter how wide your halls are (or if they're little more than a few square feet in your entryway), there's a piece of hallway furniture that can transform this pass-through space from overlooked to impossible-to-ignore. Our top picks for entryway and hallway furniture ideas combine style and function to create landing pads for everyday items, valuable clothes storage for seasonal coats and accessories, and even quirky "design moments" that add tons of personality and polish to even the smallest alcoves of your home. Scroll through our favorite hallway furniture ideas and you'll never look at your home's corridors in the same way again.
1. Start with a statement bench
The best way to create a "moment" in even the narrowest hallway? A brass-accented bench that packs a punch. This live-edge version combines warm wood tones with brass butterfly detailing and playfully kicky legs, providing a chic spot to pause and put on your rain boots (or style some humblebrag-worthy art books and a low-maintenance plant, if that's your thing).
Get the Look: Anthropologie Nemus Bench, $698
2. Revive The Telephone Table Trend
This midcentury staple used to be an ever-present entryway fixture, but with the advent of cell phones, they've fallen out of favor — unfairly so, we think. A telephone table or telephone bench combines a writing surface (for taking down messages) with a plush perch where you can chat your battery life down to zero. If you're rocking a midcentury vibe in your home, extend it to the hallway with one of these. Even if the telephone portion is a bit anachronistic, there are plenty of styling options suggested by this piece's unique shape.
Get the Look: Scandinavian Designs Holfred Bench, $349
3. Double Up On Storage
For being relatively small spaces, hallways and entryways tend to have to pull some major weight when it comes to storage. (They're the first spot for you to dump your stuff when you arrive home, after all.) A storage bench is a good start, but adding a coordinating shelf with wall hooks is a surefire way to make sure your hallways stay clear and uncluttered (no matter how much stuff you have to stash).
Get the Look: West Elm Nolan Collection Bench and Wall Shelf Set, $698
4. Create A Landing Pad For Primping
Let's be real, we all want to take one last look in the mirror before heading out for the day (or get a good read on how frazzled we actually looked in that last meeting when we arrive home). Pairing an entryway mirror with some good lighting and a surface for collecting clutter is a must for most hallways. That way, when you drop your keys, you can do a quick touch-up, too.
Get the Look: Mercury Row Andresen Console Table, $304
5. Prioritize Plants
Plant moms, take note: For a low-on-space, high-on-style solution we love, try repurposing a freestanding planter box as a console table for tight areas. Ferm Living's iconic plant boxes are perfect for succulents, sure, but they also do a great job of corralling mail, tchotchkes, and whatever else accumulates at the end of your days in a hallway. Besides, who doesn't love being greeted by a little greenery after a hard day's work?
6. Get Creative With Your Coat Closet
Apartment-dwellers without closet space to speak of — we feel your pain. Unlike a traditional freestanding coat tree, these options from We Do Wood mount directly to the wall (and offer a surprising amount of storage given their low-profile look). Best of all, when they're not in use, the sculptural, Scandi-inspired frame could pass as modern art.
Get the Look: We Do Wood Coat Frame, $331
7. Feel Free To Float
You might be surprised how much a floating console table tends to free up the feeling of a cramped hallway space. This airy pick offers both concealed storage (a must for ugly bills and utilitarian items like dog leashes) and open storage that lets you show off the latest glossies.
8. Glam It Up With Gold
Show your hallway some love by bringing in luxe metallic accents that feel special (and shiny). A minimalist console table like this one becomes more eye-catching when clad in a brushed gold finish and layered with textural, tactile pieces like these baskets.
Get the Look: Lulu and Georgia Leith Console Table, $344
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.