Our house has a small entryway and so there always seemed to be an overabundance of coats, vests, boots, backpacks and shoes.  Our office, also at the entrance, was looking very cluttered. I can’t even show you a “before” picture; it’s too embarrassing. We are in the process of putting in new floors and converting it into a mudroom/office ourselves. It’s not close to being done yet but I just want to give you a sneak peek at one of the ideas that we had – these beautiful DIY lockers for kids.

We bought the Lappland from Ikea for $179.00.  This unit works well for us because our office is just 10 X 10 feet and we need room for two desks in it too. Another option is the Kallax if you want a lower profile unit.

{Photo from Ikea}

We didn’t put on the second long shelf along the bottom and instead used it as one of the dividers.  Gary bought some more wood and hooks from Home Depot and now the kids have individual lockers for their backpacks and coats!  A piece of baseboard runs along the back to allow for more hooks.

Once the room is completed, I will buy new matching baskets as the flooring will be grey tiles.  For now, I’m just using what we have.

Although a custom built unit would be lovely, this definitely works for $230.00 and our skill level.  I love organization!

Hope you are having a wonderful day.





**Update: One thing I would add is an additional row of lower hooks in Nya’s cubby as she can’t reach the upper ones yet.  Below you can the new baskets and flooring**

Previously published at: Talk Nerdy To Me
Louise Chapman is a wife, mom of three, and indulger of dark chocolate. She loves her husband’s cooking and outdoor family time. She works as a science teacher and photographer and can be found blogging over at Talk Nerdy To Me. There she talks about parenting, marriage, and the eye-rolling, heart-melting moments that come with those roles.