The days of the dingy, cluttered, mud-caked mudroom are so yesterday! No longer a dumping-ground for all things dirty and smelly, today’s mudrooms are attractive and well-designed to extend your storage space and keep your home organized. The mudroom is an entrance to your home, so it’s another opportunity to make a good first impression. Here are some great mudroom ideas to help with your inspired design:
- Include built-in lockers or cubbies – just like school, but without the homework. Let your family members choose the colour(s) to personalize their storage space. Make sure there are hooks and shelves that people of all sizes can reach.
- Incorporate open and closed storage. Drawers and doors are great to keep contents out of sight. There are lots of great basket styles for the open storage areas and you can switch them up for a new look whenever you like. Wire baskets let you see the contents, while wicker hides it for an uncluttered look.
- Make your mudroom funky with a theme, or pops of colour. Add interesting hardware and give the room personality with throw pillows you can change up with the seasons.
- A padded bench offers a comfortable place to sit while you get ready and provides another opportunity to add colour and design. One with a flip-up top gives you more hidden storage!
- Every family member has footwear for every occasion, so why not add a floor-to-ceiling shoe shelf? Smaller people can reach the lower areas, while the really high shelves can be used for off-season storage.
- Think about designing a combination mudroom and laundry room, so dirty clothes and sports equipment can be washed and dried without being dragged through the house. An island or other counter space can be used for folding and organizing and it’s always good to have a sink around to clean up before entering the house.
- Consider racks to keep bicycles off the floor and add hooks for skates and other sports equipment. Those early morning trips to the rink will be easier when everything is at your fingertips. You might even have time to stop for a coffee!
Like any room in your home, the modern mudroom needs to be part of the overall design flow. It is a room of great purpose and should be designed to meet your family’s storage needs. There’s an added bonus to the well-planned mudroom: you’ll save time you would have spent searching high and low for items that now have their own place.
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