I've been looking for a storage solution for the area next to the driveway we use as our main entrance. The area opens to the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. We had a computer desk here, but it just ended up piled with junk all the time and backpacks and jackets ended up on the floor.
I fell in love with the smiling mud room plans as soon as I saw them, but it took a while to convince my husband we should try to build it. I used the Smiling Mud Room plans and modified to add the computer desk section since we couldn't move our internet cable. It didn't have to be really big since we don't use the desktop computer very often.
I still need to find baskets for the shelves and I'm planning to make a fabric skirt to cover the computer and cords. My kids already got out their old backpacks to test it out, so hopefully they'll use it!
We bought the Kreg jig as recommended and now my husband is planning lots of new projects just so he can use it.