A Bachelor Pad Landing Strip: Three Men & Lots of Shoes

What happens when three men live in one little bungalow, with no mudroom, a front door leading right into the living room, and a back door with no closet? The obvious answer is lots of shoes, coats, and hats making their home in piles on the floor. Until, of course, a little creative thinking and organization saves the household sanity.

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The rear entryway of this Canton, Ohio bungalow was formerly a garage, until former owners converted it into a den. When Matt, a work-at-home graphic designer, moved in two years ago, he turned the space into an office. Because of the narrow quarters, organizing an entry way was quite a challenge. There was no room for a closet, and not even enough space for a cabinet.

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Matt picked up these old lockers (for free!) from a local industrial plant liquidation sale, and realized their slim profile would be perfect for the entryway. Now that he has two roommates, the lockers are a great way for each guy to have his own storage space for shoes, coats, and hats.

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With the addition of a coat rack and hooks, a small bench, and even a bulletin board, the three bachelors have a nice and tidy area to keep their outerwear from taking over the rest of the home.

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Sources for Furniture and Accessories:
  • Letterpress hooks: Anthropologie
  • Bulletin board: Local garage sale
  • Bench: Antique shop
  • Coat rack: Urban Outfitters
  • Lockers: Locally salvaged

Images: Amanda Johnson

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