Polly Blair
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Wood and Color Kitchen


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diyher wrote:
hidden storage - Can I ask how much depth of space is needed for this installation? I saw one other here on houzz who had done the same, but this one looks a bit different. Also, were the wood side shelves purchased already made, or did someone make them to specs? I'm ordering a 40" cabinet next to my frig, if I know this needs say 3, 4 inches, then I can order my cabinet size smaller. appreciate your help :)
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This mail cabinet is only 2.5" deep, and with the doors closed it's only 1.75" deep. The wood file boxes were custom built for this space at 1.75" deep. They have holes drilled into the back that will slide right over a screw head. They are made very similar to the acrylic ones you see in office supply stores. Obviously, you can have this built deeper or taller to allow for more mail and magazine storage. We did another one for a client that was between a wine cooler and refrigerator that was 13" wide, and the full height of the refrigerator. It was 7" deep and had 8 mail slots.
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Your built-in magazine rack doesn't have to be something that is always visible. This hidden magazine rack is a terrific idea; just open up the cupboard and there are all of those magazines you've been meaning to read. This is great for hiding those trashy gossip magazines that you don't want guests to know you read!
Here's a great idea if there's an appliance or pipes obstructing the area needed for a full drawer or cupboard. Use just a sliver instead to hold mail and paperwork that can otherwise clutter a kitchen island.
Vanessa Brunner added this to Get Organized: Mail Cubbies for the Kitchen
Surprisingly, this mail storage solution didn't come at the clients' request. While they requested certain things in particular, they told Blair she could fill in the rest of the space however she wanted. During the remodel, she found that she was constantly looking for a place to store the clients' mail, which is how this solution came to be. Blair worked with the fabricator to make sure they could size the cabinets to create this nook at the end. She decided on the size of the pockets by measuring out magazines and envelopes, allowing for an extra 1.5 inches. She then cut cardboard to the correct size, and told the fabricator to build pockets to fit tightly around the pieces. The nook was built into the cabinetry, with simple pull-out doors to cover it when its not being used. If you're in the midst of a kitchen remodel, this is a great storage solution to consider. It's also something that could easily be used on other parts of the house — built-in desks or entryway cubbies for example. Next: 39 Ways to Organize Your StuffGet ideas from more kitchen island photosBrowse more storage solutionsMore Ideas of the Week:Customizable Dish DrawerCool Shelves You Can Make With Stuff From the GarageSecret TV By the Tub
Don’t leave piles of mail, newspapers or magazines out. You know, every now and then there are really important things that come in the mail. It’s probably good to go through it at least once in your lifetime. If you can’t get to it right away, file it away neatly and get to it as soon as you can.

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Mail storage built in
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excellent "office drawer/mail sort" solution
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July 23, 2014
Must do
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July 21, 2014
love this extra storage
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Loafman Cummins - Mail slots
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July 19, 2014
Other Options for Counter papers
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July 18, 2014
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Mail filing
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paper storage
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Doesn't take much room
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July 12, 2014
Keeps the clutter and piles behind doors yet easy to find.
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July 11, 2014
mail slots in island
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July 6, 2014
I like the idea of organizing the mail this way.
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Mail cubby for the kitchen
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June 30, 2014
Mail storage
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June 30, 2014
great idea to save magazines or news papers.
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June 29, 2014
Mail sorting
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Cool idea for mainland such
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June 27, 2014
letter storage
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June 26, 2014
for that awkward space at the end of the counter
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June 22, 2014
low impact mail sorting
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June 20, 2014
love this for mail/paper storage
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Mail slots
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Place for mail
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Mail sorting
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June 3, 2014
Love this storage solution for the home office!
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Mail nook
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Place to put menus in island
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covered mail holder
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Island idea
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May 28, 2014
Mail distribution hidden.
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May 24, 2014
Neat idea to store paperwork instead of pilling on countertop
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May 21, 2014
possible below stove? End of no zone?
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May 20, 2014
Good place instead of the kitchen table
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May 17, 2014
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May 14, 2014
Cabinet to hide mail, documents, recipes
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New Island
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Mail Cubbies
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May 9, 2014
Great organizational idea
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Great way to shut away paperwork.
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May 4, 2014
Mail and papers to hold before filing
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place to organize mail
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mail cubbie
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paper/mail organization built into end of island
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Use side
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Kitchen - Island Magazine Storage
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file space
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classer la paperasse
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Narrow storage
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April 26, 2014
kitchen option?
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April 26, 2014
lovely idea for end of a counter down below to store the mail and invites you can't file away just yet
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every inch of space
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April 23, 2014
mail cupboard
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April 21, 2014
Everyone can have their own area
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Great Mail idea for when you walk in the front door.
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mail sorter at some point of entry into house - drop zone? office? mud room?...
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mail sorter at some point of entry into house - office? mudroom? drop zone?
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Handy spot for mail, etc.
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April 20, 2014
Letter storage
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Great idea for clutter, but would I use it?
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April 14, 2014
love it!
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kind of cool feature
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April 12, 2014
Put mail in the island!
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Love this idea..
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Clever idea for paper clutter
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Built in for mail
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like colour combination
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Good idea for storing mail, bills, etc.
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slots for mail
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Maybe good, maybe bad.
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great place to hide the stuff I accumulate on my counter
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Kitchen island magazine storage
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Great idea!
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mail sorter
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Organize hide mail
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March 23, 2014
for magazines at end of island a possibility
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March 23, 2014
Magazine rack
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March 22, 2014
Great idea for mail storage.
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March 22, 2014
what a cool way to have the mail out of sight and yet close by
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March 21, 2014
The very most amazing mail station in the world!
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hiden storage
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office stuff
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space saver under cabinet
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good use of space
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Space efficient
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organising post
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mail in the kitchen
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March 19, 2014
Practical way to get mail out of the way but valuable space may be sacrificed.
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Mail sorting
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March 19, 2014
Prefect way to reduce clutter. Now, where to put it?
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kitchen!!! LOVE THIS
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mail center
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Great Idea
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paperassen sorteren
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March 18, 2014
Idea for mail/magazines
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March 18, 2014
Narrow end cabinet for files
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March 17, 2014
Mail and paperwork storage. Better than leaving it on the counter for me to stow and you to wonder where it went. Or accidentally get put in the recycling...
Michael Kuehner added this to Kitchen Ideas
March 16, 2014
blind cabinet for mail and stuff. Could be the end of an island.
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March 16, 2014
hidden mail
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March 16, 2014
What a cool idea to have mail tucked away neatly.
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clutter be gone
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Hidden file area
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Mail file built in wall
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March 15, 2014
out of sight!
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March 14, 2014
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March 14, 2014
for mail and catalogs and junk
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March 13, 2014
Love the organization!
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March 12, 2014
Organization idea for mail
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Para guardar correspondencia
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March 9, 2014
Paperwork storage idea
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March 8, 2014
That's smart
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Hidden papers/bills
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March 7, 2014
Hide our junk
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March 6, 2014
files out of sights drawer
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Good idea for my piles - kitchen?
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love the idea of keeping mail in a place where it can be retrieved but not left on on the counters.
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message center
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concrete edge
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March 3, 2014
This might be a good idea. Perhaps for the inside of a cabinet door (mail storage)
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Stored away mail piles
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mail filing
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Mail/catch all
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mail solution
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Place for mail!!!
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March 2, 2014
Kitchen paperwork
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Me likey
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I hate clutter out! This sorts that!
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Drawers or files
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February 28, 2014
Organizer for bills
Margaret Lewry added this to Kitchen Islands
February 27, 2014
cool shallow cabinet
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Hidden message/mail center
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February 26, 2014
Idea for end of island for mail?? Interesting
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February 26, 2014
mail sorter
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February 26, 2014
good use of space for mail
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February 25, 2014
Husband can keep all his paperwork hidden instead of in a basket on the counter.
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February 25, 2014
Mail to be sorted etc idea
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February 25, 2014
Notes for kids from school
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Concealed Nooks.
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storage in island
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February 24, 2014
I'm gonna do this!!
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February 24, 2014
Where mail goes until filed
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February 24, 2014
Add magazine rack on side of island.
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February 23, 2014
Magazines etc...
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February 23, 2014
Hide papers/mags in shallow kitchen cab.
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February 23, 2014
Great use of what would otherwise be an empty space
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February 23, 2014
Might be nice for one of the short cabinets on the island....even iPad storage?
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February 22, 2014
mail station
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February 22, 2014
like this feature
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magazine holder
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Island storage
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February 20, 2014
on end of desk in kitchen
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Clever mail storage
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February 18, 2014
how to hide mail
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February 18, 2014
Way to reduce clutter.
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February 18, 2014
Hidden mail storage
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February 17, 2014
Not a bad way to store those "things I may need SOON" items....might also force you to go through the stuff to keep it cleaned out, lol. I wouldn't put bills in it, though.
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Polly BlairSave to IdeabookEmail Photo Don’t leave piles of mail, newspapers or magazines out. You know, every now and then there are really important things that come in the mail. It’s probably good to go through it at least once in your lifetime. If you can’t get to it right away, file it away neatly and get to it as soon as you can.
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February 16, 2014
In a smaller space this will reduce clutter - providing harmony in a clutter-free space.
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