After: Cabinets Shed Their Bulky Doors, Cubbies Grow to Meet the Job
Roomy Storage That Fills the Space and Allows for Expansion
Door-free cabinets provide ideal nooks for bulky ski boots and opaque bins, which hide and unite by category awkwardly shaped contents, like off-season flip-flops, sunscreen, and bug spray. Open shelves can be an invitation for messy stashing; fabric bins that fit snugly (grab the handles to take them down) are more deliberate and discourage dumping. Wide wooden cubbies address a range of challenges. Each person has a labeled chrome bin for rolled-up ski pants (which eat up space when not properly contained), plus assigned locations for hats, gloves, and balls. Pale gray paint on the walls serves as a calm backdrop to this hectic zone.
To buy: Cubeicals fabric drawers in yellow, $7.50 each, closetmaid.com. Fir-wood storage cubbies (two shown), $160 each, plowandhearth.com. Chrome baskets, from $9 each, stacksandstacks.com. Wall paint: Barren Plain 2111-60, from $34 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com.