The Shiplap “Drop Zone”

The Shiplap “Drop Zone”

Welcome to our Shiplap Drop Zone DIY, as I mention several times in my previous posts, my shiplap addiction might be getting a little bit out of control. Honestly, I just love the stuff, and it is so easy to install. 

After completing the shiplap fireplace, we decided that to add a small amount of the same shiplap barn wood, to an open area creating a drop zone. In most houses a drop zone is located near the garage, in an alcove, hallway or the mudroom. Our floor plan did not meet this particular criteria at the time, but during construction we made a few framing decisions that would allow us to later add in a drop zone. We knew we would need a place near the front door for guests, since our hall closet would actually be closer to the garage entry. Here is a look at our before picture of the area where I decided to create a drop zone for our guests upon arrival to our home.   

Drop Zones have gotten so elaborate over the past few years, along with laundry rooms, and mudrooms. They are no longer just a messy corner piled up with dad’s muddy boots, the kiddos book bags and Spot’s leash. We are talking full on decorated spaces, just like the rest of the home. This is why I felt completely justified in putting such a functional space right in the middle of my open concept great room.

As you guys know I love my barn wood shiplap available from Home Depot, and we had some left over from our previous fireplace project. It just made sense from a design stand point that the drop zone should be the same type of boards as the fireplace, to carry this design concept through the entire house. 

Oh yes, I can still hear Mrs. Arnold, my interior finishes professor in college saying, ” You should never be able to stand in one place in a home and see more than 2 types of floor coverings.” No worries, as we have hardwoods through out our entire home for this very reason. I still feel like this same principal translates to wall finishes as well. See how this creates a uniform transition between spaces? Pulling the same finish from the fireplace to the drop zone makes the space seem very intentional, not piece mealed together as an after thought. 

Since this is a open concept space, which is mainly designed for guest to drop their coats and purses upon arrival. We opted to install this industrial style coat hook in lieu of baskets, cubes or cubbies. This will also allow this space to transition into something else if drop zones ever become passe’.  We purchased the Cast Iron Row of Hooks currently still available at Pottery Barn. I liked these strong durable iron hooks and how they mirrored our iron balustrades on the staircase. Plus you can also add to additional sections to create a larger size coat rack, which is very handy and adds a custom feel. We topped the drop zone off with our family name art, the pictures were from a local artist at the annual Yellow Daisy Festival, and we were able to find the perfect frame with 6 openings made by Maulden.

Designer Tip: If you have trouble finding a frame with the correct name of openings or you have a longer name. You may want to purchase a long oblong frame and have a matte custom cut for the amount of letters your need. This will save you some bucks $$$. 

So the bench, was a suggestion from one of my dearest friends, Niki. She had mentioned to me that she loved having the ability to drag a bench over to the dining room table, when you have extra guests. We currently have the Benchwright Dining Table from Pottery Barn, which can be extended up to 108″ by adding both drop in table leaves. We decided it made perfect sense to invest in the matching Benchwright Bench, for these occasions. So now when we have a large crowd, we can extend the table, and add the bench to one side, which is the equivalent of adding 3-4 chairs. However, in our day to day use the bench stores away perfectly as the seat for our drop zone. Just add a few fun seasonal pillows and now you have a functional yet cozy little drop zone. 

Designer Tip: Always look for items that can be used in multiple rooms, in different ways. I truly believe in a good multi-tasker, in fact prior to buying anything I need to have several uses for that item already in mind. This goes for tools, appliances, and furniture. 

A Sneek Peek Upcoming DIY:

Be sure to check out our DIY Barnwood Bathroom Mirror Upgrade, seen above also here are a few other posts farmhouse based DIY’s you might also like: 

DIY Farmhouse Pantry Shelves      Farmhouse Linen Closet     Creating Farmhouse Ceiling Beams

 

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68 Comments

  1. You are guys are wonderful! Love this post and your site it is filled tons of great ideas. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  2. I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

  3. I’ve been wanting to add one of these areas to my home and not that the kids are back in school we desperatly need one, maybe with a few more cubbies to store things like shoes and jackets. I never realized the time saving benefits of a drop zone, until I visited my sister over the summer, now I know.

  4. I just wanted to let you know I really like how you added this space in a area being unitized and basically created your own coat closet. Nice job.

  5. Another really great from you, I’ve seen your stuff previous DIY’s to and you’re just too wonderful for words.

  6. Such a wonderful way to match your two-story mantle without a ton of expense and you were able to embrace the farmhouse design you wanted too. Great eye for designs and fabulous choice in materials.

  7. I found this post very helpful and inspiring. I really like how this fireplace mantle looks after the addition of the shiplap. Thanks for all the tips and nice DIY notes. Keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

  8. This is a great post I really like the look of this wood and the area you have created.

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  10. I have been after my husband about a drop zone for the kids this summer, I think it would make a huge difference for this coming school year. He’s got about a month left so we shall see. If not I like the bench idea, maybe I can get one with baskets and add the coat rack like you did for the back packs and make it work.

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  13. Judi I felt exactly the same way. Aside from the additional expense stone and brick does lock you into a specific look that would dominate your room at all times. I agree wood can be painted or stained any color and made to look fancy or rustic by doing so, it really has a lot of options.

  14. Oooooooo I love this idea. I currently do not have a fireplace mantel that extends up to my ceiling either, like your before picture. I had the option to add brick or stone but it just seemed to specific and permeant. Trends change what if I hate that stone in 5 years or it becomes pass√©’? I like wood it gives me options.

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  16. You have such great ideas. I really want to adda drop zone to my home to organize the kiddos. Totally loving this gray shiplap.

  17. I appreciate you for displaying these interesting, dependable, explanatory tips in addition to the unique nature of the post. I love shiplap and it is getting harder to find right now.

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  19. We have been wondering what to do with the empty blank space above our fireplace. We opted out of stone or brick due to cost, but it need something, this would be prefect.

  20. We really need this drop zone idea for our mud room, and I really like the the bench is moveable, not built in, and that you can actually move it and use it when needed. That is a great idea.

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  22. Thank you so much for providing me with yet another great idea for our home. A drop zone is the exact thing we need in our mudroom area. Perfect for wet boots and coats and hats from all the snow.

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  32. My daughter just said she wanted a drop zone the other day, and I had to look it up to see what she meant. I get it now a drop zone for the kids stuff, makes perfect sense, however in my day it was the foyer into the living room floor, that was our unorganized drop zone. ha ha

  33. So cool! I really love the shiplap movement, and the color of the gray barn wood style is beautiful. The drop zone now makes your mantel shine and adds another rustic quality to the room. I also am crushing on the hooks, they look very expensive.

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  44. This is a great project, I cannot believe e you rented scaffolding to do this yourself. I think most people would have let it go or hired someone to do it for them. Anyways, good article as always, thanks for sharing I would like to see more soon! Added to FeedBurner as nicely done interiors

  45. We love ship lap old or new. This drop zone turned out super cute. We love that bench and sweet area work too. Nice job!

  46. I really love shiplap and I have been researching ship lap projects. Your post popped up and is exactly what I have been looking for, except I will paint mine white. The coat hooks are perfect and so it that beautiful bench! Subscribing so I don’t lose track of you.

  47. I think that you should write more on this matter, as drop zone and ship lap are so hot right now, individuals can’t get enough on this topic. Cheers to the next great post.

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  55. Thank You Sharon, your the best. I must say my drop zone pales in comparison to Dave’s beautiful creation at your place!!! We must catch up soon my dear, and I hope you are doing well. ((Hugs my friend))

  56. JenRon are two of my favorite people. I love Jen’s ideas for fixing up a room and adding value to a home. Great ideas!!!

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