I like to cruise decorating websites for new ideas--just to see if anything sparks an idea that I can apply in my home.
One thing I see frequently is the “hallway” makeover where you create a landing spot when you walk in the door. I think that’s a great idea and have utilized various tables and benches over the years to do this. Now, I’ve moved to having an actual dresser in the hallway.
We keep a lamp on the dresser (on a timer of course) for walking into a dark house. Kids can drop book bags or other items on the dresser, and it is next to the coat hooks. However, unlike a table or bench, there is plenty of storage which acts as an extension of our hall closet. Our hallway dresser holds:
extension cord/flashlight drawer
cabinet of floor cleaners (spot cleaners, etc)
cabinet of dog items (towels, sweaters, etc)
Where the closest falls short in not holding these little items, the dresser works perfectly. Because I was not trying to match a bedroom set, I could get one on sale that fit into the design aesthetic of the space (win!).
As winter approaches and you dig out those extra items, consider creating a space not only to land but store what you need for coming in out of the cold.
Links for you: One Really Large Dresser!
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