Create a Locker Zone for Your Family
Trap coats, boots and backpacks at the point of entry
Jacket on the chair back, shoes in the middle of the entry room, backpack on the kitchen counter—it’s amazing how much house one family member can populate in the first minute home. Automate organization and eliminate clutter by creating a locker zone in your family entry.
What is the primary entrance path for your family members? A mudroom, laundry room, even a hallway to the garage may have unexploited potential for storage. Talk to your designer about ways to transform it into a natural landing place for incoming gear.
Design by Nikki Schnitzler
A shoe bench is a natural invitation to stop, shed footwear and stash it. Cubbies, cabinets or shelves will provide storage for purses and backpacks. A drawer unit will help keep mittens (or sun hats) ready to go. Coat hooks will win out over coat hangar rods—offer both and it’s a sure bet the hooks fill up first.
In the laundry room-entry pictured, drawers are used to build a generous shoe bench. A combination of open cubbies, door cabinets and drawers provides flexibility in organizing just-in-time and long-term items. Coat hooks are out of the way but accessible on an under-cabinet rail. Beadboard paneling above the bench, on the backsplash, and on the cabinet ends is finished to match the cabinetry. The cabinets are neatly trimmed with angle crown molding.
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, it is a great time to evaluate storage in adjacent areas. Extend the new kitchen style into an entry (or family room or office) for consistency and a graceful transition between the newly renovated space and the rest of the home.
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