Okay, how much have you heard about this El Niño business coming our way? If you’re here in LA, I am sure you are made frequently aware of the panic everyone is feeling as this is no way near something we’re used to. I think one element that we’re absolutely not prepared for is how to handle all of the extra clothing and rainy gear we have to deal with.
Ordinarily, we may have a very light sweater, or a hoodie from time to time. This is fine because we can accommodate these things so easily. However what about those larger pieces that we’re gonna have to use pretty regularly and have no space for it. Most of the homes here in southern california don’t come with large entry ways or a mud room. That being said, I have come up with 5 storage solutions for your extra winter weather gear.
What I mean is you can clearly define the space and make it appear as though you have an entry space by installing the appropriate pieces. If you have approximately 25-30″ of space along a wall, and enough room to include a 15″ – 20″ deep piece of furniture, than you can introduce a hall stand. It’s probably the most ideal way to create the illusion of an entry way, without actually having one.
Not sure where to get one? You can find them online at places like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel or West Elm. Of course you can look for one at a second-hand source, but they’re not easy to find.
You may not think so but these can take up a good amount of space as well. I only suggest coat racks for individuals who can retrain from piling up far too many coats and sweaters. If you’re using it to hold everything you own, it just looks awful and cluttered. However if you can get yourself a nice looking coat rack that you will realistically keep under control and maintain, then this is such a great way to go.
This coat rack from West Elm is wonderful because it comes with storage above and below. Below you can easily insert your umbrellas, and above it can hold everything else.
If you’re going with a coat rack, find a spot that can easily hold this new fixture in your home. Ideally it works best near your door, but that might not always be the best location. Don’t force it.
Hooks are going to take up the least amount of space. Install a hook for every person in your home, and all of their jackets will be nicely stored away without taking up much space at all. It’s usually all you need and you can get some really cook decorative hooks. Anthropologie has some beautiful hooks to choose from. If you’re local to Los Angeles, I recommend Pasadena Architectural Salvage. They have some very unique pieces that would look pretty great up on your wall.
Hooks are a great piece to look for at thrift stores and flea markets. They end up being even cheaper and a whole lot more unique.
Since you’ve got those handy-dandy hooks above, think about the storage you want to include below. I’d plan this out very carefully because the last thing you want to do is get something that will make the place feel cluttered. Things like bins and baskets are great, but alone they look so uninspired. However you can bring in a nice little table and put all of your items you’re thinking about hiding away below.
For example, as you can see in the image here, you can have a nice little desk or bench, and put wonderful pieces on top. Below, you can easily add a shoe rack, baskets, or bins. It’s all easy to get to, holds everything you need, and still looks amazing tucked away below.
In the end you have to go with whatever is going to be the most practical for your family. Don’t go with what you wish could work in your home, go with what will actually work. If you’re messy, less is best. If you have don’t have a whole lot of space, don’t go beyond hooks. This winter season will be gone before you know it. Make it easy on yourself in the mean time.