When we moved into our new apartment, I knew I wanted to turn the mudroom into an all-purpose dressing and pet zone. A mudroom and so much more. Staring at the space as it originally was, it just seemed empty and a poor use of the space. It was this sort of odd, little addition that was stuck onto the house. Being a dog momma, I instantly saw it’s potential for being a dog friendly area (dog bed, dog supply storage and puppy wipe down zone)… But I also wanted it to serve as an area to slip off our muddy shoes, keep our outdoor things (think mittens, hats, scarves, sunglasses etc.) but also welcome guests into our house. My #1 priority was to install some sort of storage under the existing shelving to maximize the space on the west facing wall. I looked at traditional shelves and bucket style storage but felt like they didn’t really serve our needs… From this dilemma, came the idea to design and build our own DIY Honeycomb Storage Bins. I saw something online but it wasn’t quite right for the space. Because of a heater in the centre of the space, I needed single file (vertical) shelving unit, not horizontal as I had previously seen.
I loved the idea of creating bins so that we could toss our items into the bins where they belong. Dog bin. James bin. Meagan bin. Bike bin… My secret obsessive tendencies were dying at the idea of having some sort of stylish looking storage that would help manage James’ personal item explosions that happen. I like to think of myself as an ideas girl.
Do I have a woodworking shop? Nope. But my dad sure does. Over the years, my dad has become an incredibly talented woodworker. Honestly, give him the idea and he runs with it. I told my dad about my vision and he helped come up with the design and what we would need to execute it. He spent hours conceiving the dimensions, creating a prototype and making the idea come to life. Thank God for retirement!
Materials needed for 6 boxes:
An approximate rendering of what each individual box would look like was drawn up (see below). My dad tweaked the measurements once he started putting the first one together. It all depends on how much of a ‘mouth’ you want on your storage box. The rendering below gives you the measurements for each box. So basically: do this 3 times (for one ‘set’ of boxes). We made two sets.
So the long and short of it, lots of measuring (see above for the breakdown). It might be useful to construct one box first – then use it as a prototype. Although you can’t see it in the images, the bottom left hand box is slightly different than the other 5 for this reason. From there, get sawing.
Nail. Sand. Assemble. And viola. We screwed the boxes together so that they would stay put. Also, if you have small children, you should anchor the boxes to the wall. Since we don’t have small fragile children around, we don’t have to worry about that. We are only storing mostly soft things in the boxes, likes hats, mittens etc., thus the boxes should be fit to be stand alone for the time being.
Now that the storage bins are completed, I have to decide on a durable entryway rug, one of the those small plastic boot holder things (WHY can’t I remember what they are called?) and hang some hooks in between the storage bins. I have tons in store for this little room including a DIY bench, large scale art on the opposite wall and some curtains to help create a little more privacy around the window. I am also considering making a massive heavy (think dark velvet) style curtain to pull across the whole outside wall to help battle the zero insulation factor going on in here. Although the bins cost more to create than I was hoping I know that I will keep these for years. They can be easy detached and moved elsewhere..And because they were got a protective coat and not wax, they can be easily updated with paint as the years go on. My dad made me a storage cabinet of sorts when I was in undergrad over 13 years ago and I still use it!
I can’t thank my dad enough for his time, thoughtful contribution and hard work that made this project happen!
Disclaimer: Most of the products mentioned in this blog post were supplied to me by Home Depot via a gift card. That said, all words and opinions are my own. All images are also my own. Thanks to Home Depot for making this project possible!Pin It