As I was thinking through my specific needs for my hall entryway after last week’s post, I realized that one of the biggest problems I have is my shoes. I mentioned that I wanted some storage in this area as well as a designated place to leave my wet/dirty shoes when I come in from outside, and I decided that some kind of closed-off shoe cabinet was the way to go. Not exactly a pretty sight.
The good news is: a shoe cabinet will not only give me a place to store those dirty shoes and to get them out of sight, but it can also serve as a small console table. Two birds: one stone.
So I headed to the Interwebs again – it’s one of my favorite places – and located two great options (both from IKEA).
The first is the IKEA Trones Shoe Storage Cabinet (for $39.99). I liked this option because it’s so slender. One of my biggest worries is that because this hall is so narrow already, adding any furniture pieces might make it feel overly cluttered or congested or, heaven forbid, smaller. This cabinet also clearly has plenty of space for lots of shoes and it’s re-arrangeable which is a fun feature. Each of those three compartments is separate and can be moved around however you want. Unfortunately for me, I’d have to hang this cabinet vertical as it’s shown and I wasn’t thrilled about how tall it was or about losing some of the storage if I only hung two units. I also didn’t particularly like the plastic look of this cabinet. I’m sure it would be easy to clean, but the material said more “garage” than “pleasant entry hall” to me. Next, I came across the IKEA Bissa Shoe Cabinet which for only $24.99 seemed like a great option! I love the brown-black finish of the cabinet which ties in nicely with the brown-black IKEA bookshelves I have in my living room, and the amount of storage this little guy provides is amazing considering how short it is. The only thing that has stopped me from jumping forward with the purchase is that this guy is significantly deeper than I was planning on. In order to have so much storage, there’s space for two rows of shoes inside each of those compartment, but that almost doubles the depth of the Bissa compared to the Trones cabinet. Bummer.While mulling over these options, I decided that I needed to see the spacing of a cabinet like this in the hallway to decide if this is really what I want. So, I grabbed my handy dandy blue tape and took to measuring. The Bissa cabinet that I love is 11 inches deep and 19 inches wide, so I measured out those lengths and made a little blue tape box.
The other major concern I had with the depth of this cabinet was that it would interfere with my ability to open the closet door that would be immediately across from it. To make sure it wouldn’t be an annoying problem, I opened the closet door after taping to get a sense of the clearance I’d have. This is a closet I use all the time - it’s my pantry – so I definitely don’t want anything at all obstructive of the door or my ability to stand in front of the closet while pondering the merits of eating cheerios for dinner for the third night in a row.It looked like plenty of space, but, just to be sure, I found this little set of plastic drawers that just happened to be 11in wide to test the theory more concretely.Thankfully the door opens perfectly, and there remains plenty of space for my contemplation of poor health choices. I think I’m going to live with the tape and the drawers for a few days before making a final decision to purchase the Bissa, but it’s looking pretty good right about now.Anyone else have tight spaces in your home that make it difficult to arrange furniture without hindering daily activities? Anybody else working on overhauling an entryway? Tell me all about it.