Look! Faking Built-In Shelves

Look! Faking Built-In Shelves

Grace Shu
Oct 9, 2008

We're still on our adventure in the Bay Area and spotted this great solution at our friend Evan's new apartment. What used to be a narrow niche near the entryway (probably for a small table and mirror) has now been adapted to fit his perpetual cap-wearing lifestyle...

While this may look like custom built-in shelves, this "hat rack" is actually an Elfa shelving unit from the Container Store (an example above) that Evan had from his old apartment. The reasons we love this solution: he found an unconventional spot to use something he already had; it's visually appealing (especially for his line of work as a clothing designer for his streetwear label Adapt); and it's organized in such a way that it makes his daily routine of picking a cap to wear before heading out easy.

Additionally, we could see this same solution being used multiple ways, such as storing shoes in the bottom shelves or a sleek inbox tray to hold mail for a more conventional landing strip.

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