I live in Pennsylvania, where it gets cold and people wear coats.
I have a friend who lives in Florida, where it gets mildly not scorching and people sometimes wear long-sleeve shirts. But usually not coats.
Incidentally, residents of both states wear shoes.
Lianne, friend from Florida, said to me, "I need some ideas on where to put shoes when you come in, like some options for a bench with shoe storage." She added, but I missed, "With or without coat storage because that isn't really applicable to me."
I, in all my northeast naivete glory, asked, "No coat closet?" I missed her second line because my brain was busy thinking, why not just put the shoes in the coat closet? (I'm so helpful.)
She said, "Florida homes don't have coat closets."
Ah, right. Florida. Warm. Alligators, yes. Coat closets, no.
I immediately turned to Pinterest. Pinterest is like Google and Google images got married and had little picture babies that spit up information.
This Google baby just found out there's no shoe storage in Florida!
Don't worry; together, we have found some solutions. They start simple, inch towards involved, and end at wowzers. There are lots, so take off your shoes and get comfortable.
Starting with super simple. This cabinet from IKEA is as simple as you can get.
Same idea, two different looks. Bench, hooks on the wall (optional), baskets or crates underneath. You can go wood grain, paint everything white, or go for a splash of fun color. Keep it simple or add some decorative pillows or a cushion. If you have access to old crates, you wouldn't even need to buy baskets.
This is a great idea if you're handy with a sewing machine. Looks like an old desk (with the cabinet doors removed) simply covered with a fitted slipcover. If you don't have a desk sitting around, check freecycle or craigslist for someone else's old desk.
So much storage I don't even know where to look first. Cute puppy.
A "locker" type of set up. The owner of this look spruced up the plain white cabinet by applying wallpaper inside and adding colored drawer pulls.
Very cute. I see something like this in a repurposed front room.
More ideas - here, here, and here. IKEA and Target are popular budget-friendly choices.
Pinned these ideas on Organization and Projects.
My dearest Lianne, I hope I helped you with your shoe storage dilemma. I cannot, however, help you with your alligator issues. You chose to move to Florida, you figure it out.