How to Design a Mudroom


Mudrooms are traditionally found in homes in areas where weather necessitates thick coats, heavy boots and extra layers. Although a space in which to remove these accessories is an asset, mudrooms are also beneficial in homes in all areas where children or other occupants tend to shed jackets, school bags or other possessions as they walk in the door. In designing a mudroom for your home, keep in mind the specific reason you feel you require the room to tailor it to meet your needs.

  • Determine the location of your mudroom. If the mudroom is located in the back of the house, you can go with a less formal, more practical approach to your design. If your mudroom is also your front entryway, then you may want to create a space that is more welcoming, as well as utilitarian.

  • Choose a durable floor that can withstand daily wear and tear and not get slick when wet. A simple sea grass mat is easy to clean with a hose and will prevent dirt and water from being tracked through the house.

  • Select an appropriate wall covering. The walls of your mudroom need to be easy to clean. Vinyl wallpaper is an inexpensive alternative to paint. It is easy to wipe down with a sponge and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

  • Pick out your seating options. A well-built bench can serve not only as a place to sit and take off your boots, but also provide storages space if designed with a hinged top. Make sure the bench is in a place that will not block the entryway but is easily accessible when you first enter the room.

  • Choose your storage options. Storage space is essential, and the type of storage needed is determined by who is using the room. Children need storage that is easy to access, such as low-hung coat hooks and open, plastic waterproof cubbies for shoes. For adults, having a variety of shelving to fit both sports gear and outerwear items can be helpful. Having a designated key hook with a small shelf next to it for purses and cell phones is a little touch that can save you a lot of time when you are trying to get out the door.


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