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With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too. www.lifecreativelyorganized.com

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here’s how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

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My 3 kids are teens now, but ever since they were little we’ve loved to play board games. (Remember Hi-Ho, Cherry-o?) Today, it’s more likely to be Scattergories or Harry Potter Scene-it. But, there has never seemed be enough room in any one space to store all of our games.  Our upstairs hallway is unusually wide and it was just wasted space.  (Although that is where the most dust bunnies collected.)  So, we created a game storage center in that space that easily holds all of our games and even has seating, too. It was really easy and inexpensive.  Here’s how you can use a wide hallway for game storage, too.

Here is what the hallway looked like when we first moved in. See how wide it is?

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

How we used a wide hallway for game storage.

The cabinets.

First, we bought and assembled 2 small cabinets and 2 sets of stackable drawers.  They were designed to be part of a closet system.  So they were very inexpensive.

We put them together and lined them up in the space so that the shorter drawer sections were sandwiched in between the taller cabinets. This way we created a seating area, too.  My husband screwed the sections together to make one long unit.  That way if the kids were sitting lengthwise on the seat they wouldn’t accidentally push the other cabinet over with their feet.

Make a cushion for the seating area.

I simply wrapped a cushion insert with a bright piece of fabric for the seat.  My husband grew up in Africa (his parents were missionaries), and we have had this awesome piece of material tucked away.  I’ve never wanted to cut it up, but this was the perfect material for our seat since it was large enough to simply be tucked around the cushion. I love the fun turtles design! 😉

Here is what they look like assembled.

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

And looking from the other way:

(Do your pets constantly photo-bomb your photos, too?  Or is it just mine?)

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

Fill up the cabinets and drawers with games.

There were only one or two games that were too long to fit in these, like our Life game.  So, those few are kept on the top shelf of my daughter’s closet.  But the rest of the games all fit.  And we had room for the smaller things like decks of cards and bags of extra Yahtzee dice and scratch paper.

Here are the drawers (and a close-up of the fabric):

The sunflower pillow doesn’t match, I know, but it is home-made and a sentimental favorite.  Besides, it makes a good back rest. 🙂

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

And here are the cabinets.

Left side:

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

And right side:

With 3 kids, we have a lot of board games. Here's how we used a wide hallway for game storage that easily holds all of our games and has seating in it, too.

See how much they hold?

The best part about using a wide hallway for game storage?

You can easily see all of the games at once and there is plenty of room to still get by, even though those cabinets and drawers have a lot of storage in them.

Even if you don’t have a lot of games, using that wide hallway would work great for lots of low bookcases for books.  Those bookcases could also hold baskets or bins for lots of other kinds of storage, too.  The possibilities are endless.

If you have a wide hallway like this, put it to good use! It’s a great way to add extra storage and seating, while using what was once wasted space!  Score!

Need other good storage ideas hidden right out in the open? Check out these beautiful ways to add more storage!

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So what would you like to use your wide hallway for? Leave me a comment or send me a tweet @EconOrganizer and let me know! Then go have a family game night 😉

Happy storing!

~ Pam

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Hi I’m Pam, a seasoned homemaker with a husband, 3 teenagers, and a houseful of pets. I’m also a librarian and professional organizer (The Economical Organizer) who loves to share my hard-earned homemaking, DIY and organizing skills with others so you too can have a Life, Creatively Organized.

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