Instead of living with the building grade closet systems installed in your home, consider making them more efficient for your family. Keep the easy access of the front entryway closet, but change up the shelves, hooks, or rods to use the space better. See how to complete an entryway closet makeover, going from the basic single rod design to create a mini mudroom style, making it the perfect place for shoes, backpacks and coats.
When we bought our house almost 2 years ago, we noticed that nothing had been upgraded in the almost 23 years the original owners lived in it. It was all builder grade level as far as organization, cabinetry, and décor goes. And while I’m sure they made do with how things were set up, like all new home owners, we had different visions. One area we are not fans of across the board in the home were the closets.
I’ve previously shared my daughter’s mermaid and colorful rainbow bedrooms, which both included upgrades to the closets in the form of purchased closed systems. But sometimes closets don’t have the right measurements to fit a purchased system and they need to be handmade.
Our entryway includes two small closets, presumably used for coats and miscellaneous house items. The larger closet included only a single rod across the top and some oddly recessed spacing on both sides.
And THIS Is what that same view looks like now, with new flooring and paint!
To us, this was not only a waste of space, but also not functional for the tiny humans in our home. It did not make them independent to handle their own belongings and with no solution on where to keep their stuff, everything was easily just dumped onto the kitchen floor the second they walked in the house.
Fast forward and a pinterest search which introduced me to Jamie Costiglio and her tutorial on easy closet shelves. She shared how to use that deeper recessed space on the left side of the closet and transform it into usable space with some simple home improvement purchases.
Using plywood and square dowels, Derek was able to build four shelves that hold a lot of stuff!
2 baskets now carry their winter hats and gloves for the cold weather season.
The backpacks sit on the top shelf, which is still easily accessible by the girls.
We added a rod on the top to hang our coats or those of our guests. There’s also a high shelf there that we have yet to fill, but I’m sure will be filled up with out of the way items soon.
Hooks were added at the bottom and inside right side walls to finally allow placement for hoodies and coats.
Overall, I’m very happy with those closet makeover that creates a mini mudroom feel for my little independent girls. I also know how lucky I am to have such a handy hubby who can make the spaces in our house feel more like a home, even for the little ones that live in it!
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