My entrance hallway

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My entrance hallway. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

This is my entrance hallway. It is very small, only 170cm wide and 200cm long. In that space there are 2 doors, one is the entrance door behind the black and white curtain above, the other is the door to my storage room which is to the right in the picture. Then there is the opening from the hallway into the flat itself, and my second hallway.

Entrance hallways need a lot of functions, like storage, somewhere to hang your jackets and coats and visitors jackets and coats, somewhere to put shoes you take off, somewhere to sit, a mirror, and good lighting. In my case, the lighting is in the ceiling and contains three spots that can be directed to the areas in the space where you need the light to be. The smaller a hallway is, the more important is it to keep order there and to think through which functions you need in a hallway.

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My entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It isn’t all that simple to get all functions for an entrance hallway in such a small space, but I think I’ve managed well enough. There is a bench with show-storage to the left in the picture, a chair to sit on when you put on or off shoes and a cupboard to the right where I store outdoor jackets and coats and shows and such which aren’t presently used, but still used during the current season.

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My entrance hallway. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The bench I bought from Stalands not long after I move into this flat. No longer sold, but they have similar furniture for hallways. Small, but two shelves for shoes, a cushion on top to sit on, or as here to throw your bags on when you come in. It also have two drawers (the white ones) where you can put smaller things.

Above the bench I have to tall and thin mirrors that originally were bought at Ikea very long ago. They are there both so you can see yourself before going out/or when you come in, and also give the impression that the space is bigger than it actually is. They also brings in light.

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My entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The cupboard to the left comes from IKEA and is still sold. It is called ANEBODA. On top of them I keep two large paper-boxes (from IKEA, where else?) for safekeeping of various largish plasticbags).

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

When I bought the flat the walls in both hallways, this one and the next. had orange wall paper. Before I moved in I painted the walls dark grey. I dislike orange in interiors.

As you can see from the image above my office-corner in the second hallway is very close form here and on the way to the kitchen.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Floor is oak. There are two carpets for dirty shoes.Just inside the door a large red one, and on the way further into the flat the above round one from IKEA.

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The entrance hallway. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Beside the door curtain (cloth from IKEA) hangs a clock with figures by Olle Eksell that IKEA sold until recently. Below it hangs a small shelf that IKEA sold temporarily. I bought two. They were originally red but I’ve painted them white as it makes it easier to place them.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In that corner I have large picture of Picasso on the wall. It is a poster from Apple Computer that I got many years ago. It was part of one of their advertising campaigns. I have some other posters from that same campaign. 

Below the large picture is a short pictureshelf from IKEA that I use for smalls tuff I need to put somewhere, like keys and such.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Just under the Picasso picture and the picture shelf is the chair and whichever shoes are used in the current season. And more IKEA items: the wastepaperbasket and the shoehorn. The red carpet comes from MIO and is one of those kinds that can absorb a lot of sand and snow and wetness. Was expensive but worth it. The chair is HOLMSEL from IKEA.

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Hang up in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On the door to the storage room I hang the current jackets, coats, bags and such and coats and jackets of visitors. I use an over the door hanger for this purpose.

As small as this entrance hallway is, it contains all functions you need in an entrance hallway. But small it is. If we are more than one person there, one of us need to move on towards the second hallway. But otherwise, it is functional.

 

 

Hangups over the door

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Hangup in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

We always need hangups, that is, somewhere to hang stuff, don’t we? When you have limited space for hanging things, use your doors where it is possible.

I have a very small entrance hallway. Except for the entrance door it has one door to my storage room. On that door I use an over-the-door hang up thing for jackets and bags and such that I use frequently. Also my guests hang their coats and such on this hanger as there is no space for anything else for this. This particular one I bought at Lagerhaus long ago. I like its colorful heads. No longer sold, but there are similar ones around.

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Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On that very same door I use both sides for hanging things. On its inside I have two small over-the-door hangers.

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Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Both hangers are used for bags for recycling purposes. They hang on the inside of the door to my storage room so you don’t see them unless you open the door. The one to the left is used for bulbs and batteries, the one to the right for plastic bottles to be returned to the store after use. A plastic bag with various paint brushes alos hangs there at the moment. It is always hard to find space for all that recycling one does nowadays. Hang them on hooks over the door works when content isn’t heavy.

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Hang up on the bathroom door. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I also use the door to the bathroom for over-the-door hangers. Here I only use the inside of the door, in the bathroom. There isn’t really anywhere in the bathroom to hang things, except for one single hook on the wall and smallish hooks for towels and then the towel-dryer. I need somewhere to hang my bathrobes and some other clothes. One of Ikeas over-the-door hangers solved that. When I bought it they only sold them in grayish metal. Nowadays you can also get them in white.

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Over-the-door hangers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Except for the entrance door, I only have three doors inside the flat (not counting the sliding doors to the bedroom or the door to the patio). I only use two of them for over-the-door hangups, the one to the bathroom and both sides of the door to the storage room. I could use the inside of the door to the walk-in-closet, but presently have no need for it. Nowadays you can even find mirrors done for hanging over the door.

So, when there is no other solution for hanging things, use your doors.

My hallway(s)

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Hallways. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I’ve got two (2) hallways. First the one you get to first when you enter the flat. Then the one that follows after it and is a combination of my workspace/office with cupboards both for office-supplies and other things (like towels, table-cloths, socks, underwear and some other things) and the connection to both the kitchen (to the left after the work-corner), the livingroom (to the right), the walk-in closet and the bathroom (see plan of flat at the bottom of the post).

Complicated to take photos of…

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Hallway at entrance. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I use a picture list to put all those small things that you normally need to dump somewhere when coming in through the door. The chair is from Ikea, as is the paper-basket and the material used for the door-curtain. To the left of the big picture are two tall mirrors. Makes the small space feel larger.

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Hallway at entrance. Picasso on the wall. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The big picture is an old poster of Picasso from the Apple “Think Different” campaign long ago. I used to work at an Apple Center then and got it from work. I painted the walls in both hallways with a dark grey color before I moved in. Originally the walls were orange… I have never liked the color orange.

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Hallway, work corner, Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

And here is my work-corner.

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Hallway, work corner. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Office-chair from Ikea. Lambskin in it from MIO. Printer is an old HP color laser. iMac 24″. The picture on the wall is of me in around 1961 or such… Several Ikea cupboards all around. To the right is the kitchen.

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Hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the way towards the livingroom there are cupboards and book-cases on both sides of the passage. I definitely have a storage problem and this is one of the areas in the flat that I use for storage. A proper work-room would be fine… but there isn’t any. Had that in my previous flat.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Through the door you see the first hallway at the entrance (and the cupboard I use for hanging seasonable outdoor clothes, to its left is the door to the storage-room) and to the right the work-corner.

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Hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This is the bookcase immediately to the right in the second hallway. After it comes the door to the bathroom and to the left the door to the walk-in closet and then the opening to the livingroom. On the wall, very old family pictures.

I really need to go through all that is in the bookcases and cupboards in the hallways and throw out what has not been touched for a long time… The CDs/DVDs to the right here have been gone through (they are all software and documents and photos), but the rest…

To better understand the layout of the flat, this is the plan of the flat:

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Plan of the flat