A mudroom is a great bonus to have in a house. This space gives your home a transition space between the outside and the rest of your living space. In theory this means all the dirt and outdoor appeal stays within the mudroom. However if you have children you know this is not always the case. In a perfect world all the coats and shoes will stay in this area of your home.
If you are lucky enough have a mudroom or are thinking about creating one in your home, I have 10 tips to help you. These tips will help you design a beautiful and a functional room. Incorporate these tips and you will have a successful mudroom.
Durable Flooring – The mudroom is the first room where dirt, water and vegetation enter your home. The flooring will take a lot of abuse in this area. As a result you need to select flooring that will hold up to this high traffic. The best flooring choices for a mudroom are porcelain tile or vinyl flooring, which are easy to clean and durable. Choosing dark-colored flooring is also a good idea to help resist stains and hide dirt between mopping.
A Large Deep Sink – This feature is not required but is a big bonus. A large basin sink is a great asset for wasting off shoes, clothing and bathing pets. To that end choose a faucet with a sprayer hose.
Location Location Location – Location of your mudroom is very important. The best place for a mudroom is directly next the main entrance to your home. This could be connected to the garage, side or back door to your home.
Storage Bench – You need storage and some seating in a mudroom. Combine both of these needs with a storage bench. Make the bench comfortable with a cushion top or accent pillows. Options to get access to your bench storage are a lift top, drawers or open storage underneath.
Baskets & Labels – The key to staying organized in your mudroom is making it easy. One way to do this is having a place for everything; gloves, shoes, hats and coats. Baskets are a stylish and functional solution to organize small items. Adding labels to your baskets with make it simple to remember where things go and where to finds things.
Wall Hooks – Coats are easy to find and put away on wall hooks. Have a wall hook for each member of your family will help end the daily question, “Where is my coat?”. If you have small kids place the wall hooks at a lower height. This way they can put away their own coat.
Protect The Walls – Overtime the walls in your mudroom may get damaged or dirty. To protect these walls consider installing a wainscot. Adding a bead board or tile wainscot will save your walls from damage and add value to your home.
Storage For Off & Current Season Appeal – As you plan out your mudroom remember to design storage for appeal not in use. Storing your off-season outerwear in high cabinets is a good idea. Put these items in storage bins with labels so you know what each bin contains.
Command Center – Since everyone in your home will come through this space it is the perfect place for a family command center. A command center is a place to organize schedules, mail and chores. Common items for a command center are a calendar, a bulletin board, a small work surface and marker board. A command center will help you keep your life and mudroom organized.
Laundry – Incorporating laundry into your mudroom is a smart and functional idea. If your children come in with dirt clothes you can put them right into the washer. Afterwards, when your laundry is finished having an iron board and folding surface can be a huge help. A fold-down ironing board cabinet stores the board away when not in use.
I Don’t Have a Mudroom
Even having a small area around the entrance to your home will help. This area can have hooks for coats, a shoe rack and a console table for mail and keys. All you need is a place to organize those items you grab as you leave the house.
I hope you these tips help you have a functional and amazing mudroom. If you have other questions about mudrooms please leave your question in the comments below. You can also send me your questions on my Ask HLM Interior Design page.
Do you have a mudroom in your home? Do you have problems with clutter at the entry to your home?
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