A small corridor, especially in Khrushchev, is not at all a reason to refuse convenience and coziness. This is a great opportunity to show creativity and a practical, mastery approach to the ergonomics of a compact space. Today we will tell you how to make a beautiful design of a small hallway in photo examples in real apartments.
Ergonomics of a small hallway
First of all, you need to determine the length and height of the walls and piers, as well as the width of the passage. It is worth paying attention to how the doors opening into the hallway open. What will it give you?
- The combination of the length of the wall and the path of the door leaf determines the length of the set, which affects which elements are included in the set.
- The width of the passage will tell you how deep you can make cabinets and chests of drawers.
- The height of the ceiling determines the dimensions of the mezzanines and the possibility of their installation.
Having determined the dimensions, it is now possible to plan the structural arrangement of elements, to form the content of the headset.
What are the main problems that apartment dwellers face?
- Little room to maneuver. Undressing, taking off shoes and hanging things for people of large dimensions is quite difficult and uncomfortable. And if a cheerful friendly company came to visit you, then you need to enter / undress / change shoes strictly one at a time.
- Lack of storage space.
- A narrow passage filled with shoes.
- Through the corridor-entrance hall, the dirtiest part of the apartment, there are the main communication routes between the living rooms, the bathroom and the kitchen.
The cleanliness of our compatriots is beyond doubt. However, few people start a spring cleaning after each visit of the neighbors or after the return home of each family member. Yes, it is customary in our culture to leave dirty shoes at the doorstep. But the dust remains and scatters throughout the corridor.
This problem is especially relevant in families where there are small children under one year old who are just learning to walk.
- Large spacious wardrobes are convenient, but take up too much space.
- When the corridor is combined with the hallway, it is difficult to keep guests in a limited space, so that they can walk almost all the way to the bedroom in street shoes. And it’s not always their fault. Often people just try to let the friends they came with get in.
In order for an incoming person to be able to quickly change lanes and reduce the pace of movement, he needs either enough space or visual cues. In stores, this is done by buffer zones that slow down the pace of your step, and in residential premises, these are walls, partitions, zoning, etc.
What can be applied in the apartment? The corridors are so narrow that there is no question of any buffer zones. There is practically no place to change the mood. Therefore, it is possible to stop an active guest or a child only with visual effects and a competent arrangement of furniture.
- Floor. In addition to traditional rugs that can protect the hallway from gravel and dust, there are a couple more design tricks. Use color zoning.
Let there be one color at the threshold, and another in the clear zone. In addition, so that there is no temptation to enter the living room in street shoes, separate these rooms with a threshold, a colored ornament. Separate the zones from each other using different materials or textures.
Use several rugs of different shapes and sizes. Put the jute at the door, and place a soft pile rug in light colors behind the hanger in the “clean” area.
- Walls. Use vertical lines of demarcation. The gaze lingers on them and gives an understanding of where to stop. Mirrors work well. You yourself have noticed how you slow down, passing by mirrored windows. In the hallway, mirrored surfaces help keep nimble guests at the door until they take off their coats. In addition, thanks to reflection, you will achieve a visual increase in space.
Pilasters and arches practically do not take up space. However, those 2-5 cm, on which the relief protrudes, can have a magical effect on an incoming person. A visual barrier is created that helps to regulate the movement of households and friends without reminders.
Colored vertical stripes work well too. In this case, you can use wallpaper with a deep perspective. Excellent reception in combination with a mirror located opposite.
Turn part of the corridor into an art gallery or photo exhibition. Separate this area from the hallway with color or texture.
- Ceiling. Lighting and decorative trim help in zoning. PVC stretch ceilings have a reflective effect. Thanks to them, the ceiling seems higher, and the room is lighter and more spacious. Longitudinal and transverse LED strips help to adjust the degree of illumination and correct the visual perception of the dimensions of the hallway.
First of all, you need to decide on the volume and nature of the stored things.
- Outerwear (long and short).
- Hats and caps.
- Gloves, belts, scarves.
- Shoes are light and low.
- Boots with a high top.
- Combs, hair clips, hair fixers, etc.
- Shoe care products.
- Small tool for quick repairs (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.).
Hats, caps, and folding umbrellas are great on the shelf. To get rid of the clutter, divide it into several sections. Assign a function to each cell.
Gloves, belts, cosmetics can be folded into a narrow small box located at waist level.
Combs, hair dryer, curling irons, etc. fit in hanging baskets-glasses near the mirror.
Shoes will find their home in a galoshnitsa or on the shelves of a banquette.
Small tools can be folded into a couple of drawers or metal boxes hidden at the top.
It remains to decide on the outerwear.
The wardrobe is at least 60 cm wide and deep. You can reduce the depth to 40 cm. But in this case, you will have to increase the width, because. clothes in this case will no longer be located sideways, but facing the facades.
If you hang mezzanines around the hanger, then you can put rarely used things in them.
Wall cabinets can be hidden in several ways.
- Pick up the facades to match the walls.
- Make the body of the headset light, the back wall dark, and the mezzanine a tone lighter than the contrasting wall.
- Mirror facades.
If you do not have the opportunity to install a wardrobe, take a closer look at the shelves with clothes hooks. Models with an end rod are more functional, because. down jackets and coats are hung on trempels.
In the case when you do not like that the clothes are in plain sight, cover the bar with a front, leaving the side of the case open.
How can you visually lighten the hallway and save the number of places for clothes?
- Use corners. Corner models of shelves are compact and can accommodate a large set of jackets and down jackets.
- Planks with folding hooks. A set of narrow strips with two or three rows of hooks look easy in the interior. This is a stylish design element that takes up little space.
- open structures. The hallway made of pipes will perfectly fit into the technological style of the interior. It looks especially good in the loft.
- Floating furniture. Gives weightlessness to the most massive elements. Especially in combination with LED lighting.
As you can see, even tiny hallways of apartments, including Khrushchevs, can be made cozy and beautiful.
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