Turning an Empty Entryway into a Correspondence Center

Turning an Empty Entryway into a Correspondence Center

Amanda Johnson
Jan 31, 2011

Having awkward space in your entryway can be great for setting up a Christmas tree, but after all of the decorations have been packed away, you're left with just useless square footage. Or, at least, I was. My problem was sort of a nice one: I have two entrances to my apartment. The back door is the one we use daily. The front door? Just leads to the mailbox.

With no need for a landing zone by the front door, I figured I would just shove some kind of storage cabinet against the wall, which was totally unnecessary, considering the neighboring storage closet. Then, it occurred to me that a correspondence center would be the perfect solution for the awkward space.

The best part about creating this set-up, is everything I put together was already in my possession. I'm a chronic thrift store shopper, and in the past year I had collected the desk, chair, baskets, and artwork. The small desk was something I had wanted to use in my office, but it was just too small to be functional and tidy. Though, a small desk is actually perfect for a mail center.

Goodwill usually has loads of baskets for sale, and I found two that are the perfect size to organize mail by importance. An old industrial steel box stores stamps and inkpads. Inside the desk drawer is where I keep all of the stuff that isn't so pretty. Not wishing to lose any of the desk surface for lighting, I decided to move a floor lamp from my living room to the entryway. The very last touch was adding a rug, finally giving my guests an area for their shoes when they come inside. VoilĂ ! The empty space is now filled, and I feel much more organized.

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