Here we are, in the thick of summer, lots of comings and goings with family gatherings, sports, summer camps and barbecues with friends. This time of year, our house entries- front/side/back door- can take a beating and become an eyesore even without all the boots, scarves and mittens. Today we will take a look at some great entry solutions, all designed with Dura Supreme Cabinetry, to keep the summer clutter at bay.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Village Custom Interiors, Michigan.    

In this area of the house it is important to provide a place to sit in order to take off or put on shoes.

Dura Supreme cabinet design by Megan Dent, Allied ASID, NKBA of Michels Homes, Minnesota. Interior design by Talla Skogmo. Photography by Scott Amundson.

This can be achieved multiple ways with Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Our Boot Bench can be configured to have drawers below or a decorative panel. Both options offer additional storage, either within the drawers or underneath a stay-lift hinged wood top (also offered by Dura Supreme).

Dura Supreme cabinet design by Greenbrook Design, North Carolina. Interior Design by South Studio Interior Design & New Old Interiors. Remodeled by New Old, LLC.

Adding ship lap strips or a full ship lap panel can contribute to the style of the space, as can be seen above with the white, and below with the knotty alder.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry shown in the Avery door style with the “Software” paint, the Aluminum Framed Door #9 in Graphite, and a shiplap accent in the “Heather” stain on Knotty Alder.

An entryway with a boot bench under a window with a dark finish.

Dura Supreme design by Michels Homes, Minnesota. Photography by Landmark Photography.

Oftentimes, the entry/mudroom space is limited, and corners need to be turned. Below are some creative examples making the most of a tight space.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Cape & Island Kitchens, Massachusetts.

In the examples above and below, notice how they are achieving the best of both worlds, with drawer storage below for smaller items, and open space below for boots, shoes, baskets.

A deep navy blue mudroom with a corner boot bench with 4 large lockers for organized entryway storage.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Boyer Building Corporation, Minnesota. Photography by Landmark Photography.

Turning corners can be tricky. But as long as door swings and drawer clearances are taken into account (using extended stiles or fillers), it can be done beautifully, as in the example below.

Project by Lead Designer, Emily Borne and Owner, Project Manager, Paul Hellested, and Michael Jacobs of Marvista Design + Build, Pennsylvania. Featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Dura Supreme also offers Lockers to set upon the Benches in multiple configurations with open cubbies, cubbies with doors, or a combo of both. Between the Bench storage, Locker storage and color combo finish options there are dozens of configurations, guaranteeing a personalized solution to fit any space.

Dura Supreme cabinet design by Studio M Kitchen and Bath in Minnesota. Interior design by Studio M Interiors, Minnesota.

Sometimes, the seating can just be as simple as a horizontal panel or wood top. This paired with our Coat Hook Rack, Lockers or tall storage is super functional as well.

Dura Supreme design by Dana Langreck, CKD, CLIPP of Bella Domicile, Wisconsin. Photography by Shanna Wolf Photography.

Dura Supreme design by Dana Langreck, CKD, CLIPP of Bella Domicile, Wisconsin. Photography by Shanna Wolf Photography.

We also offer Floating Shelves and Coat Hook Racks if that is all that is needed for a space, as in the examples below.

Dura Supreme cabinet design by Studio M Kitchen and Bath in Minnesota. Photography by Spacecrafting Photography.

Dura Supreme cabinet design by Ispiri Design Build Remodel, Minnesota.

Also consider using Dura Supreme’s wire mesh inserts in locker doors to increase ventilation, especially if sports equipment is being stored inside.

Dura Supreme cabinet design by Yuliya Kononova of Standale Interiors, Michigan. Photography by Leigh Ann Cobb Photography.

With all of the options Dura Supreme offers for entryways and mudrooms, designing this space can be fun- and what a great add-on project for any kitchen or house remodel, a space that improves quality of life every day for every inhabitant of the home.

Sandy Kloncz is the Lead Designer and blog author for Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Sandy is the Lead Designer for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 20 years of involvement in the field of Kitchen & Bath Design, Bachelors and Associates degrees in both Interior Design and Mathematics as well as a Masters degree. Sandy’s experience ranges from running all aspects of a Design+Build firm to creating beautiful cabinetry designs at Dura Supreme. She has been a judge through the Builders Association of the Twin Cities for their semi-annual Parade of Homes Tour and is continually inspired by creative uses of space, appreciating projects where form and function are blended seamlessly.

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