If your mudroom is small, you'll want a plan to furnish and design it that will maximize your space. Your first step is to determine what tasks you want to be able to accomplish in your mudroom. At a minimum, you'll want a place to drop off muddy shoes and boots, rain coats and umbrellas, backpacks and other items family members bring into the house and drop by the door. If you have space for a table or desk to sort mail and collect recyclables, or a utility sink to pot plants, you can turn the space into a multipurpose area for getting tasks done.
Take advantage of wall space in your small mudroom by using multiple hooks and cabinets to store outerwear, umbrellas and bags. A built-in shelving unit with a bench and cubbies underneath for shoes will help maximize storage space. You can also incorporate smaller eye-level cubbies to store keys, sunglasses, gloves and other small items. A cubbyhole wall unit can be the perfect solution for getting boots and shoes off the floor and within easy reach. On higher shelves, store seasonal items in pretty baskets. If you have the space, hang a mirror so everyone can do last-minute checks before putting on hats and heading out the door.
If you don't have a mudroom but want to designate a small space for potting plants, dropping off wet shoes and other items, you can create a space that is convenient to the door your family uses most often. Even a front entryway can be transformed into a mudroom-type of space, if that's what works best for your family. Do you have a coat closet near your front door. Remove the door, purge old items stored there that you no longer need, and transform the closet into a built-in hall tree, complete with a sitting bench, cubbies and hooks for hanging umbrellas, hats and coats. If you don't have an entry closet, installing a series of decorative hooks at varying heights near your front door will turn a place for hanging items into an attractive focal point.
Don't forget about the floor in your mudroom area. Consider installing tile and laying down a mat to collect dirt, mud and water. To control paper clutter and keep up with the mail, hang a wall-mounted document organizer or magazine rack to hold outgoing mail and give each family member his or her own "mail box."
With a wide range of options, it's important to plan a mudroom layout that works hard for your home.
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