What is the proper hallway width and how to decor it

If you’re building a new home, it’s important to know the proper hallway width. You might not be thinking about it now, but once the house is up and you’re rushing to and from your rooms, that hallway can make the difference between feeling trapped and feeling free.


So what is the proper hallway width?

The standard minimum width for a hallway is 36 inches, but many people feel that this is not wide enough. For comparison, a wheelchair is about 21 to 30 inches wide, so a hallway should be at least that large to accommodate people with disabilities.

On the other hand, many people find that a hallway with a width of 42 to 48 inches is comfortable and spacious. This is enough room for one person to walk through comfortably, and it also leaves room for furniture or other objects. 

Some buildings have hallways that are 60 inches wide, which is plenty of space for two people to walk through at the same time.

Ultimately, the width of a hallway is a personal preference. If you feel like the standard 36-inch width is too narrow, you can opt for a hallway that is wider, such as 42 or 48 inches. Just be sure to check with your local building codes to make sure that your desired width is compliant.

Read more below to learn more about how to plan your hallway.

Lighting Hallway

Installing the proper lighting is essential in any hallway, but it’s especially important in narrower hallways. By installing ceiling lights, pendants, or lamps, you can ensure that your hallway is properly illuminated at all times. 

Additionally, placing windows along an exterior wall can allow natural light to enter the space, making it feel more open.

This hallway is adorned with beautiful pieces of art, as well as stylish bulb lighting.

This hallway is decorated with big lighting and double colored walls. The walls are a light blue color with a darker blue color around the lighting. This creates a beautiful contrast and makes the lighting really stand out.

This hallway is decorated with beautiful ceiling lighting. The light fixtures are elegant and add a touch of luxury to the space. The hallway is also adorned with beautiful artwork and sculptures, making it a truly stunning space.

Hallway Decor

A hallway is a great place to add some extra storage. If your hallway is on the small side, consider using a console table or floating shelves to hold your belongings. 

If your hallway is a little wider, you could add a small bench or chair to give yourself a place to sit while putting on your shoes. 

And if your hallway is really wide, you could even add a small desk to use as a home office.

This hallway is decorated with a soft carpet, a big plant and a stand for small items storage.

This hallway is decorated with many small plants, storage and candles. The plants provide a touch of greenery and the candles provide a touch of warmth and light. This creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

This hallway is decorated with soft lights, big and small mirrors, plants, and a bench. It is a perfect place to relax and take a break.

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