Storage-Packed Stair Landing
Shoehorned in an 8-foot-wide-by-3½-foot-deep stair landing off a basement-level back door, this space-challenged mudroom cleverly corrals coats in an unexpected place.
An open, 18-inch-deep “closet” is carved out of the stair wall leading to the kitchen/living space. The bottom shelf, which overhangs the built-in by 2 inches, doubles as a seat and pit stop for grocery bags. The upper shelf stows hats, plus items the homeowners wish to keep out of reach of their small children.
Wood sheathing finished with easy-to-clean semigloss enamel safeguards the inside of the built-in and surrounding walls from dents and dings.
TIP: Hide a radiator in a wood cover to create a shelf for sunglasses and keys; stock models from $100.