Shoes pick up all sorts of dirt and debris. You can bring in dust, sand, pebbles, or mud simply by walking into the house with your shoes on and not only soil the floor but scratch it as well. For this reason, a good number of homeowners install shoe storage furniture near their doors, perhaps right next to the coat closet. A common storage equipment is a shoe organizer that doubles as a bench, such as a Kelly OS3104 Espresso Brown Shoe Bench.
The shoe bench features a simple boxy design. It has a molded top and bottom and it stands on English Country round bun feet, but these are all the embellishments it has. Laid on the top is a padded seat with a removable cover, colored in warm espresso, for ease of washing. This allows you to sit on the bench long after you have taken off your shoes.
Immediately below the seat is a shelf that is divided into three sections. Each section includes a drawer made of rattan finished in brown, which perfectly matches the warm espresso of the padded seat and rich espresso of the cabinet. The drawers can actually be pulled out of the cabinet, making them more like trays than real drawers. You can keep your shoe horn, shoe brush, or similar items in the drawers. They are 3.5 inches high, 10 wide, and 14 deep.
The other two shelves each have six cubbyholes for your shoes. Although one running shoe, especially those for men, may fill one hole, a pair of dress, walking, or other casual shoes can fit into a single hole.
The shelves are open, allowing the shoes to be aired and dried. This prevents the build up of unwanted smell in them.
Made of hardwood, the frame of the shoe bench is sturdy enough to carry a load of up to 300 pounds. Its maple veneer and rich espresso finish give it an elegant and attractive look.
Overall dimensions of the Kelly OS3104 Espresso Brown Shoe Bench are approximately 20 inches high, 38 wide, and 16 deep.