Published on May 23rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


A Place for Everything

Materials: IKEA Kitchen Components: One APPLAD 36 inch wide 4 Drawer Base Cabinet – white, One 36 inch Base Cabinet Shell – white, One APPLAD Refrigerator Wall Cabinet 36 wide X 15 1/4 tall X 24 deep, One 36 inch wide shelf, Pulls as desired

Description: We utilized IKEA kitchen cabinetry to transform a standard 36 X 72 hall closet into a modern landing station/storage center. This was a very under-utilized space in our home. Being adjacent to our front door and kitchen, we felt like this was the ideal storage spot for so many “every-day items”.

First, we removed our old louvered doors from our hall closet. Working from the bottom up, we installed the 36 inch wide four drawer cabinet, then the shell of a 36 inch base cabinet (center) and then the refrigerator cabinet slid onto the top.

We use the drawers and wall cabinets for spillover storage from our kitchen. But, what we love the most is the open center section (the shell), which we use as a mail station/charging station/phone station/message center/key storage . . . the much needed alternative to the piling everything on the kitchen counter.

The cabinets and base cabinets fit pretty perfectly into our closet, (there may be some dead space behind the 24 inch deep cabinets – depending on your closet depth). We needed to add some shims in spots, but trimmed up, it looks clean and finished.

To make the mail slots, we used a standard 36 inch wide shelf and trimmed it down to half the depth, then used scrap pieces to make the vertical dividers.

The Pottery Barn Daily System pieces fit perfectly into the open central section to finish it off and provide that much desired “place for everything”.

See more of the landing place for everything.

~ Jen Pells, Bainbridge Island, WA

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Jules Yap

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9 Responses to A Place for Everything

  1. Terry Aney says:

    Question – how did you get your letter organizers mounted on the two foot bar? I have similar layout but if I mount the bar to the wall, I don’t have room on the side to the ‘slide’ the components onto the bar and roughly looking at yours, I don’t see how yours would fit either??

  2. Lisa says:

    I love this!!! Great job!

  3. This is a space-saver. Great for the small spaces in apartments.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this one, I’ve been hoping to do something exactly like this in an open hallway area. But I wonder why the middle section is needed, except maybe for support of the upper unit. If the upper fridge cabinet is attached to the wall studs and supported, perhaps it isn’t needed? Thank you for posting!

  5. Blacky asked about prices:

    All are Akrum cabinets with APPLAD White Doors. Prices are 2011 prices for the Seattle, WA Store – which is one of the priciest in the nation.

    From top to bottom:

    36X18X24 Fridge Wall Cabinet

    36 inch Base Cabinet Frame (for open middle section)

    36×24 4 Drawer Base Cabinet

    Lansa Handles
    $6.99 – 2 per pack (we needed 3 packs)

    Shelves for mail slots from Returns Section
    @ $5

    Total= $404.97

    Jen Pells

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love, love, love! Did I mention that I love it? ;)

  7. We have a small kitchen (a small house!). I love the way this helps to organize and reduce clutter.

    - David

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  9. Blacky says:

    i think its useful to show the total price.

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