In the end, though, it seems our realtor was right - it is quite unusual!
Although a few of you came pretty darn close to an actual guess of what this is, none of your guesses were completely correct.
So, what is it?
Some of you guessed correctly that the outside little ledges are a place for display, like photos, candles, etc...
And some of you also guessed that it opens...
And some of you came awfully close with vague "a place to store stuff" guesses.
But what is it, specifically?
It's a half-coat closet.
Which we're currently using to store a few extra seldom-used dishes (but we might put our coats in here at some point).
The half-coat closet is made out of nice (and in good condition) cedar wood, which was once widely believed to repel clothes moths (click here more info).
Why half of a closet?
Because behind/underneath the half coat closet is the stairwell to the basement, so there was only room for the top half of a full closet.
Random, huh? Our realtor was absolutely floored by this - said he'd never seen anything like it before. We think it's pretty darn cool and unusual, and is very useful to store clothing or other things in.
We've actually grown quite fond of it. Although I can't for the life of me figure out how to decorate the outside ledges when they swing open every time you want something in there! (especially with coats in the winter!)
Perhaps I'll invest in some tape.
So what do you guys think? Was your guess close? Have you ever seen anything like it? What would you store in there? How would you go about decorating it? Let's talk about the smallest coat closet -- ever.
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