We have the challenge of not having a good spot to put “stuff” when you enter our house. You enter in the kitchen and all shoes and “stuff” ends up right there. The basement is immediately to the left upon entering the house. The past few years we have experimented with using the landing on your way to the basement as the collector of stuff. We did have a 3-tiered shelf at the landing to hold shoes and pet supplies. However in our recent Basement reveal I mentioned that in order to make the entry to the basement more appealing and provide more space (basement is now our family room/man cave/playroom) we removed the shelving and painted the stairway walls.
I spotted a storage solution in Country Living Magazine which I was able to find here. The solution concrete forming tubes. Since we were planning to use ours mostly for storing shoes we measured a few pairs of shoes to see what depth we needed, 12 inches was our magical number which worked well since the tube came in 4 foot sizes. These tubes are available at most hardware stores for $5-$8 each. My husband had the smaller tube from a roll of plastic at his shop.
Then we painted them with black acrylic paint and a rag. I felt that all black would be too dark for the small space so we just covered the outside of the larger tubes, and the inside of the smaller tubes leaving the natural look of the cardboard on some! You could also modge podge some fabric if you prefer the prettier side of things!
Before painting them we held the tubes up to the wall to determine our lay-out. This is a two person job as I held up the tubes and my husband traced the inside of the tube onto the wall with a pencil. He then placed the tube onto a piece of paper and traced the top 4-6″ of the tube. This would act as a pattern in cutting the wooden blocks used to attach the tubes securely to the wall.
As you can see he used 2 screws to attach the wooden block to the top of each circle pattern, and then 2 screws from the outside of the tubing into the wooden blocks.
Keep doing it until you have the desired pattern and amount of storage that you need. Here’s what you see coming up the stairs. (Please ignore the nasty adhesive remaining on the ledge from the shelving unit…it has since been removed, but I neglected to take a picture AFTER that!)
Total cost of this project $7.48 (I already had the scrap wood for blocks, screws, small tube, and black paint)
Total time to complete project from beginning to end: 1.5 hours