School is back in session, and there is a little bit of coolness in the air today. They are even calling for a low in the fifties tonight. Fall might actually be on its way! I don’t feel quite so crazy taking down the last remnants of summer things around here. Goodbye beach bags – hello bookbags. My youngest child is in college, so there really aren’t any bookbags to make room for here, but I do hang up my oldest child’s schoolbag from elementary school. (Sentimental? yes.)
This is our little hallway as you come in our other door – the one everyone uses. There are hooks for hanging up coats and bags and whatever. When the children were young, I ordered drawer label holders and made these labels to go above the hooks for their things. The youngest couldn’t read yet. She just knew she had the last hook since she was the last child.
This area has been a practical one and has worked well. If I had it to do all over again though, I would have eaten up a couple of feet of the porch and moved the door out some giving us 2 to 3 more feet of floorspace. Then I could have put a bench in that area too (but there is a very long one on the porch.)
There is also a basket right outside the door on the porch for dirty shoes. Everyone usually does a good job of dropping off their dirt covered shoes in there. (Except for middle child at lunch – who thinks a lunch hour does not afford him time to take off and put his shoes back on!)
So where do you hang your coats? Do you have a spot with hooks in a hallway, or do you use a closet? I found some photos of a few pretty coat-hanging halls that I thought you would like – and perhaps give you an idea or two of how you might be able to put in a spot like this if you need one. The dog prints in this first one are precious!
The transom windows and the plank walls hooked me immediately in this one.desiretoinspire.net
Here is a space with nice built in lockers and drawers for storage.cottages-gardens.com
I have always loved this Heather Chadduck hallway with the bench (and the cute little boy!) I tore it out of a magazine long ago and saved it for my files for a very long time.
And I also saved this one from Martha Stewart looooooong ago – with the hopes of building that rack with the pegs.
Another Martha Stewart one…it does not have hooks for hanging coats, but it is so well organized (and can handle all the other things we bring in) that I thought it was worth showing you here. You could easily do the same thing and add hooks to hang things below that board.
One thing I do like about hanging coats and bags in the hall (besides the utilitarian purpose) is that it can add color and pattern to an otherwise plain space. Look at how much color this one adds! And that chalkboard is cute there too.
Did you find any ideas here that would work for you? I really wish I could add some kind of seating in our hall, but there really is no room for it in that tight space. So back to the title of today’s post…
Where do you hang your coat…in the hallway or closet or some place totally different?