Yeah, I have those rolling clothes bars ( doubled by expending them to make upper and lower bars) in my laundry sorting room and that's how we sort laundry. It works great. Everyone has their own hanger color/style.
Boots might be a challenge, but the garage has this large tub ( for washing dogs?) and I lan to store them there during winter.
Looking at all the photos makes me think of my hockey lockerroom at university. It would be perfect for your situation, asha, but wouldn't help OP due to lack of space. The idea is a combination of gardenbug's, the OP's original idea, and here:
My version would make each stall 12-18" wide, and the unit 2-3' deep. The front foot would be a bench that goes the length of the unit, and the back back 18" of the bench opens up for each stall for storage of each person's extra shoes/gloves. The front base under the bench has an open cubby (like a milk crate on it's side) etc....the main portion has walls 12-18"deep and has hooks for hanging things up on the back and sides (hooks about 4' apart), and the top has 2 shelves for storing hats/mits/skates/etc... you could put a rubber maid container or a cupboard front on the upper cupboard if you like. I'll see if I can make sketch.
Here's my idea:
As you can see there is a bench across the front where you can put your current shoes, and a back part that opens for extra stuff. And then the top has two shelves.
I just had to pop in and share my solution to buying expensive hooks at the hardware store, etc. We built our own area like these in the garage, and after seeing the price of new hooks, I decided to check out thrift stores. You can find beat up coat racks for just a cpl. bucks, and take the hooks off of them to use wherever you want! Also, I've come across some thrift stores that have little baggies of misc. used hardware things, and often there are hooks in there too. So if you don't mind hooks that don't match perfectly, and/or you are handy with a can of spray paint, it's a great way to save some $$!
We also have indoor cubbies (like the OP) for when it's so cold that damp coats freeze in the garage, and I'm currently searching for something to use in the bottom of them (like a boot tray?). Haven't found anything the perfect size yet. When I do, the plan is to put rocks in the trays. That way the wet boots/shoes can dry thoroughly, but the wood in the cubbies won't get ruined. Now if only I could think of an equally clever idea for wet hats & mittens...
I had the greatest mitten racks. You could dry about 4 pair at a time. I installed them on the stairway to our basement. You could easily just buy 2 sets and dry 8 pair at a time...or whatever. Each drying rack cost $2 at the time. (35 years ago!) I'd check out places like Sears etc...
Try things like this:
GLOVE DRYING RACK GREAT FOR GLOVES MITTENS OR SOCKS | eBay
Canadian Tire - Boot & Mitt Dryer customer reviews - product reviews - read top consumer ratings
Amazon.com: Rack'Em Glove Rack, 2 Pair: Sports & Outdoors
If you are handy with pliers, you could easily make something similar out of coathanger wire - in fact you could make something that hangs on a hook and can have several sets of mittens on it!
Originally Posted by gardenbug
You're all awesome!! I love all of our ideas. I packed up the damaged locker and sent it with Fedex. I ended up going to Lowes and buying a 6 hooks attached to a piece of wood already (in the organization dept). It only holds two backpacks because the hooks aren't spread out far enough from each other. It can hold the boys' hats. I have a shoe rack in the closet. I think this will work until next summer. My third will start preschool and will have his backpack, so.. til then. I eventually want to go back to the locker idea, somewhat modified. We will see if we are going to buy a house next summer and if so then I'll keep all of these things in my mind.
Sarah, I love your idea, especially with the bench storage! I am going to show it to DH and see if he could build it. For mittens and gloves, I just try to have enough so when the wet ones are drying, they have dry ones to wear...
Asha, if you built 2 of these units you'd have 2 spaces left over for visiting kids too. (That is, if there is space for all that.)
When money is not so tight, we have plans to order some lockers from here:
Mudroom Storage Furniture
We've priced doing it ourselves, and may still go that way if my BIL every has a free weekend, but the materials alone are almost as expensive as buying them.