When we built this house, this "nook" area was supposed to be space in the garage, but I opted for the builder to have it used on the inside of the house because that hallway was already pretty small and I was sure that we could use it for something. It has "housed" our kids bookshelf there ever since and wanted to move that bookshelf into the girls room and so that space was empty. We thought making it into a make shift "mudroom" would be a great use of that space since it was right in from the garage! It turned out really great (Jacob did it in one day minus the painting!). It really makes that hallway sooo much bigger and the space is well used now! We love it!