Friday, May 16, 2014

Entry Way Update

Our house is a split level and has virtually no entry way. Because of this our number one requirement for our next home is a big entry way and mudroom. Our entry area is 4 feet wide by 7 feet long and surrounded by two doors and the split staircase. The door to the garage has hooks on it to hang our coats, but our shoes have ended up in the opposite corner under an old end table since the day we moved in. I was getting sick of looking at all those shoes, so I looked around Pinterest for some shoe storage options. I found this shoe cabinet at Ikea. We debated about getting the white one, but apparently the white one is made of plastic while the black one is wood, very strange.

I spent a few hours one afternoon putting it together and then Patrick installed it. Of course that ended up being more of an ordeal than we expected. Before we could attach it to the wall we had to buy anchor screws, so off to Lowe's we went. It was also a little taller than we wanted it to be so Patrick trimmed the legs a little with a skill saw. Once the legs were trimmed, we attached it to the wall with four anchor screws so that thing isn't going anywhere. Since we installed it we have been using it for over a month and we both really like it. We no longer have to trip on excess shoes or move shoes to open the front door, a big upgrade from our previous situation. We will see how winter boots fit in the cabinet, but hopefully we can fit them in sideways once they are dry.

Hemnes Shoe Storage

We also finally hung up this print that I bought for Patrick for Valentine's Day and our 10 year dating anniversary.

Hemnes Shoe Storage

The top drawer is an extra benefit. Before we just put our keys on the table, but now we have a drawer to store them out of sight. Everything was rolling around in there so I stopped at the container store and purchased some plastic drawer organizers. These have worked really well to keep things organized and prevented having to dig around for our keys every morning.

Hemnes Shoe Storage

The drawers themselves fit a good amount of shoes. In the photos below we both have seven pairs in each drawer and I think we both normally have at least one more pair in there. These are for sure the only shoes we wear regularly so this has been working perfect for us.

Hemnes Shoe Storage

Hemnes Shoe Storage

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