Bring organizational harmony to hall spaces with this smart setup.

By Laura Kristine Johnson; Project by Leslie Poyzer; Photos by Cameron Sadeghpour
Updated May 20, 2020
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The secret to great organizing isn't actually much of a secret: It's about identifying your trouble spots and triggers, then seeking solutions to tame each mess. At the front door, it's always about shoes, jackets, and mail. If your entryway needs to function a little better, try this storage wall that starts with two readymade cube units. Some additional hardware-store supplies (think: plywood, screws, and peg feet) combine the store-bought furniture pieces for a maximized cubby storage unit complete with a bench for slipping on shoes, rod for hanging jackets, and plenty of space for baskets and bins.

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How to Make a DIY Entryway Organizer

Follow our step-by-step instructions for combining store-bought cube units into an entryway organizer.

What You Need:

  • Two four-cube units
  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Paint
  • 3/4-inch screws
  • 1-inch screws
  • Peg feet
  • Closet rod and brackets

Step 1: Paint Cube Units

Arrange two four-cube units into an L shape. Cut 1/4-inch plywood to back each unit. Measure the length and width of the combined arrangement, add an inch to each measurement for an overhang, and cut 3/4-inch plywood to create a top and base. Prep, prime, and paint all the components; let paint dry. Screw on shelf backings with 3/4-inch screws, then attach the base with 1-inch screws.

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Step 2: Add Feet to Unit

Secure peg feet to the base using 1-inch screws. Turned wood furniture legs give shapely curves to clean-lined storage cubes. Paint the legs the same color as the unit, or finish them with wood stain for a midcentury vibe. Metallic paint will give the unit's legs a modern look.

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Step 3: Add Closet Rod

Position the assembly in its desired location, and secure the closet rod brackets to the wall. Opt for a wood closet rod rather than a plastic or metal one to make painting a breeze and to easily customize its length. Use wall anchors if studs are unavailable. With 1-inch screws, screw the top plywood piece onto the vertical unit as well as the brackets for optimum stability.

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Step 4: Add Small Accessory Storage

Imagine always knowing where you left your sunglasses and keys. Add a shelf inside a cubby and you can dedicate a place for those little items. This shelf is magnetic, allowing you to hang up things like photos, receipts, or invites as needed.

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Step 5: Add Mail Slots

Metal pockets keep mail, bills, and important papers organized. Label one "in" and one "out" using a Sharpie or stickers. Attach the pockets to the side of the vertical cube unit.

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Step 6: Personalize Cubbies

Each cubby can be personalized to suit your organization style. Corkboard is one way to bring bits of paper to order. Cut foam-core board to fit the cube, cover with cork shelf liner or chalkboard contact paper, and add a washi tape tab at the top for easy removal. Any empty cube units can be filled with baskets or bins for a finished and organized look.

Editor's Tip: Find a bench cushion (or make your own box-edge cushion) to finish and soften the unit.

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