1. Boxed In
Keep hats, garden gear, and extra blankets handy in cubbies. If the cost of custom is a deal breaker, install a shelf with compartments.
2. Hang it All
Instead of mounting hooks in a straight line, stagger them so there’s plenty of space for jackets, bags, and pet leashes. Consider setting off this area with a fun wall treatment using paint or shiplap, as shown here.
3. Proper Perch
No budget for built-in benches? Try an off-the-shelf option that’s upholstered and the right height for putting on shoes. Wire baskets work as storage under the seat.
4. Bins for the Win
Assign each family member a basket for sneakers, toys, and other items needed when walking out the door. Once a week, ask (order?) everyone to return overflow to its place.
5. Stand Tall
An umbrella holder can store much more than umbrellas: Yoga mats, baseball bats, and anything else that doesn’t fit beneath your bench has a home here.