Alright, for those of you with "nooks" do they normally look this organized? (Please, be honest!). We are considering putting in something similar, and I am afraid it will "really" look like a dumping zone. »
If you’re okay with something more permanent, take the previous idea a step further with a built-in bench. If you want to hide your your gear, add doors to the open storage spots. Don’t forget hooks for hanging bags and jackets.
This is an interesting idea for the basement entry cubby. I'm not sure if there's enough room to be able to recess without making it feel too crowded. But it would create a natural sense of entry area, especially it were framed with tile flooring.