Unexpected Side Tables
Modular shoe-storage units, stacked one atop the other, make a stepped side table with room to spare and two top surfaces for displays and lighting. Create miniature still lifes in the cubbies, or stack reading material that you're going to get to...someday. With a simple push, the top unit can sit neatly on the left or right of the bottom unit (which is twice as long).
To buy: Closits collection shoe-storage unit (29 by 14 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches), $43, and 14 1/2-inch open cube, $25: sauder.com for store locations.
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