Are you dreaming of returning home to an uncluttered entryway or a mudroom that’s neatly organized with cubbies, built-in shelving, stylish hooks, and designated spaces for coats, boots, and sporting gear? California Closets can help turn that dream into your Zen reality.
As experts in organized spaces, California Closets stresses the importance of incorporating a balance of both open and closed storage when designing an entryway or mudroom. This approach not only provides designated spaces to keep things tidy, but also offers a perfect opportunity to put your unique personality on display. By focusing on function before form, designers can ensure the end result is adaptable to your specific needs. Following the specific tips below will set you on the right path.
- Starting point. There are four essential elements needed in every entryway and mudroom — specific spaces to put the essentials: place your keys, hang your coats, store your work tote, and put on/kick off your shoes. It’s also wise to keep in mind seasonal changes that call for appropriate, discreet spaces for snow boots and a small nook for hats and gloves, for example.
- Optimizing space. Including a mirrored door not only makes the space feel larger, but also conveniently allows one last outfit check before heading out. Adding a variety of hook styles, each with a different purpose, makes it easy to manage weather-related items such as coats, scarves, umbrellas, etc.
- Incorporating comfort. A built-in landing bench helps ease the transition from outside to in and a convenient and comfortable place to sit. A landing bench also can provide easy access to shoes with either open shoe storage underneath or within cubbies cleverly hidden behind closed doors.
When designing these particular spaces, California Closets recommends remaining focused on the larger picture throughout the entire design process. In the excitement of designing your Zen entryway or mudroom, it’s naturally tempting to focus on the details immediately, but keeping your eye on the prize — a fully optimized storage space that reflects your ultimate purpose and style — requires delaying the excitement of the details until the function is set. Although the aesthetics can express your personality while also complementing the storage system, it is more important to make sure you are fully optimizing your storage space and its true purpose.
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