With just a shelf and a few IKEA magazine holders, it's easy to make a handy storage station for mail and all sorts of important things. Position this right by the door, and never again will you wonder where your keys or phone wandered off to.

Step 1: Materials

You will need: optional: sandpaper, wood stain
<p>One way to hide the L-brackets would be to use the Magazine holder. Place them over the brackets and have them screw through the bracket.</p>
<p>Good idea....! Or the magazine holder, can make the same job than the L-brackets and save money...! </p>
<p>Love this concept and plan on making it! This is great with roommates to sort the mail for each if you are the one that got the mail that day... each one could have their own &quot;cubby&quot; that way. And if just two of you, the third spot could be for the ad/coupons/junk/magazine so both could look through to see if anything of interest and then when done, dispose of it. </p><p>Also, I am thinking of adding cup hooks to the shelve between the mail cubbies for keys. We are always searching for where keys got laid around here... especially when my daughter's 2 yr old son has find them and taken them somewhere else in the house. ^_^</p><p>I'll post a picture once I get the chance to complete this project. Thanks for the great instructable!</p>
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<p>Incredibly clever idea. Good job! I'll share and pin this one!</p>
LESS is MORE. I wouldn't add anything. Too clutter-like.
Clever girl!<br>
So cool idea
I love simple projects like this that serve a good function. I've done a lot of woodworking and never thought of something like this. Nice to have my keys and mail all in one location. <br><br>If you don't want to see those L-Brackets to show you can use hidden shelf hardware. Like this http://www.wall-shelf.cn/500/shelf-install-2.jpg it's a little more work but looks a lot cleaner. Also for applying stain use a cheese cloth for a smooth finish. You can get that at any hardware store where the paint/stain is. I've used brushes, rags and foam brushes. I've stuck with cheese cloth.
Add a shelf UNDER the mag racks as well for more storage, add hooks underneath. TOTALLY awesome, very creative, very customizeable. Great Job!!!
Brilliant upgrade ideas!
Now, there's a solution I'll be using. Thank you!
also see:<br>http://homes.ninemsn.com.au/realliving/wereloving/147680/34-weekend-projects.slideshow<br>slide #12
Very good idea to put right by the exit door.<br><br>Can I suggest an add-on? <br><br>I think gap between magazine holders are so empty<br><br>For people living in a cold/rainy area a pair of hangers between magazine holders maybe will be usefull to hang on umbrellas,scarfs caps, hats or another small clothes to keep warm.<br><br>
A fantastic idea! I just recently got some, and will add them today between the magazine holders. Thanks!
Clever Ikea hack!
You've got my vote! Very nice.
Looks like a very simple solution to incoming and outgoing mail, keys, &amp;c.. Good work.

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