Storage Solutions: Entryway Closet Makeover

Solve a crowded entryway by ditching a door and opening up the closet
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 3, 2014
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ENTRYWAY MAKEOVER - Removing a closet door and reconfiguring the space can give you more functional and accessible storage.
Is your entry closet the cabin catchall? Sports gear, sandy towels, flip-flops, pet rocks – you name it, it gets tossed in there after the day’s adventure. And given the state of things in there, it’s tempting to close the door to conceal it all. But maybe there’s a better way.

The typical entry closet has one rod mounted at a height of 80 inches, and an upper shelf.  So all that other stuff family members shed when they come inside? It piles up on the closet floor. If you have to lean against the door to avoid an avalanche, it’s time for a door-ectomy.

Seriously. Doors are meant to be opened and stepped through. A door on an entry closet that measures 28 inches deep just creates blind areas at the sides and top that are hard to reach. And it conceals – not deters – clutter. Removing the door and reconfiguring the space can give you more functional and accessible storage. It can also make a tight entry seem more spacious, especially if you can’t fully open the closet door without hitting another door.
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