Living in a rental can suck sometimes, especially when you cannot make things your own. The struggle is REAL with our current rental. Lately, I have been feeling the urge to just bite the bullet and buy a home. I know my kids are ready and as of recently the mister has been feeling the strain. We completely have out grown our 1640 square foot home. We have a lack storage and currently our “hoard room” or “junk room” as my 5 year old daughter would say is spilling into the upstairs hall. I will admit, I am a furniture/home decor hoarder…I have a furniture addiction and I will address it and make it known…haha!….but anyways, doesn’t everyone have that one room or closet that they throw “stuff” into?
In our home, we take our shoes off and the one thing I absolutely cannot stand is when I see a pile of shoes gathered by the front door. Just seeing it makes me cringe. We used to have a hall tree that sat in our foyer, but we had a hard time keeping it organized, there weren’t any shelves to put shoes on. It was literally a mess, so I decided to create a makshift shelf that requires NO holes in the wall.
5-OSB Shelves cut to size or use scrap wood or particle board shelves
1. Place cinder blocks on floor, either long ways or upright. This shelf is going in my foyer in between two walls (so the cinder blocks do not fall) and I placed the cinder blocks on each end of my shelf next to the wall.
2. Place cut wood shelf on top of cinder blocks.
3. Stack 2 bricks on each side of shelf.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until shelf is at desired height.
5. On my last shelf, I used thicker and heavier scrap wood as my top so that I can place decorative items on it.
Shopping and putting together- About an hour
My foyer in my rental is oddly shaped and very narrow, so the span of my shelf is pretty small measuring 36 inches wide. I know that the cinder blocks and brick takes up square footage, but…I need this. Unfortunately, I am unable to hang shelves in this area and I could not find a premade shelf that I liked and was already the size that I needed for this space..
I chose to go with OSB wood because it is super inexpensive and since my shelf span is small it won’t and should not bow in the middle. After I put the shelf together, I draped (Stapled in place) a homemade console table skirt over it and called it a day.
The end product is truly breath of fresh air and I love how the shoes are hidden. My foyer feels so much cleaner, I love it.