As many of you know, I got my start as a furniture maker, so this project was very rewarding: a set of custom built-in "mudroom" cubbies for an Asheville family.
Let's start with a simple before-and-after:
It really makes the room, doesn't it? It's also making my clients' lives easier.
My clients have five children, and trying to get everyone out the door on school mornings was becoming a challenge. The foyer wasn't helping; it was just collecting piles of shoes and backpacks.
We started with this inspiration photo from Simply Organized:
The photo is really nice, but we immediately knew that there would be a few modifications. For one thing, my clients' foyer isn't large enough to accommodate a deep bench, so we made the lower shelf shallower. We also took the cubbies all the way up to the ceiling and modified their proportions to fit the room.
Obviously this made the unit pretty tall, but the upper shelves are for storing out-of-season items that aren't currently in use.
The double row of hooks is perfect for a family of seven. It allows the smaller kids to hang up their coats while leaving room above for grown-ups and teenagers who can reach the higher hooks.
Want to see how it came together? Click through this slideshow: