In the house of my dreams, I have a mudroom. What I mean is, in the house of my dreams, I would have an actual room in which one can make the transition from indoors to outdoors. There would be coat racks; there would be shoe racks; there would be storage benches and cubbies; there would be a potting bench. However, I live in the financial real world, a world in which I am not willing to pay more than I can afford in a mortgage. For now, it's making do with a decent rental apartment that doesn't have much in the way of entryway storage. Do you identify with my situation?
If your entryway leaves a bit to be desired, like mine does, there is hope. The hope comes in the form of rudimentary carpentry skills and some ideas posted by DIY bloggers. A DIY storage bench, carefully arranged prefabricated storage furniture, and a brilliant IKEA hack are the three options that I am discussing in this article. They address a few common scenarios: The DIY storage bench addresses the situation when you have a coat closet, but no mudroom; the arrangement of prefabricated storage furniture addresses the situation when you have a garage available, but no mudroom; and the IKEA hack is a way to inexpensively build a custom cubby space and storage bench.
DIY storage bench in a closet: In this project, a wide but shallow coat closet became a full-service mudroom. Megan V. from Our Pinteresting Family, a DIY carpenter in Westminster, Maryland, removed the doors from her coat closet, built a comfortable bench, and mounted coat hooks and a shelf on the wall above the bench. The bench is a simple bench, built out of easy-to-come-by lumber, and finished the bench with a cute DIY cushion. Megan's closet mudroom is a concept that could be applied to houses with underutilized closets adjacent to the front door.