How to Create a Chic Mudroom When You Don't Have One
If there's one room in the house that ranks high on the style priority list, it's the entryway. Whether it's a modest welcome or a grand entrance you're after, this is where you set the tone for your entire home. When it's chic and clutter-free, this humble space can truly lift your spirits when you return from work. Likewise, if it's dirty, messy, and disorganized, it can affect your mood. Need help? We're going to show you how to eradicate clutter once and for all. It's time to create a mudroom.
This traditional backdoor entry is the go-to for hanging jackets and raincoats; storing shoes and umbrellas; and stashing hats, scarves, dog leashes, and even laundry. Typically the mudroom can be found at a completely separate entry of the house, usually around the side, but what if you don't have a second way in? It's okay; we've got you covered. Here are a few key pieces you need to create your own stylish makeshift mudroom. Out of sight, out of mind.
Every mudroom needs storage, but since this is also your entryway, make sure it's stylish too. We love IKEA storage options because they're luxe and low cost (our favorite combination). Look for woven baskets that double as décor and unique timber boxes to stash excess items without messing up your aesthetic.
World Market Gold Wire Braedyn 2-Bin Wall Storage ($40)
Do you come home and need a place to put your wallet, hat, keys, and handbag? This wall-storage option is super glam with its gold-wire look, and it comes complete with hooks for hanging the keys, belts, and dog leashes too. It's super handy and cool.
Aside from storage, every mudroom needs hardware. We're talking hooks, coat racks, stylish wall hangers—anything that promises to keep things clutter-free. These hooks will be the first thing you look for as you walk in the door.
If you really want to up your style game, go for the cool Eames Hang-It-All. Made of solid walnut with a powder-coated finish, this is how you make an entrance.
When you walk in from a long day, it's nice to see a stylish bench to rest your weary bones on while you remove your shoes and outerwear. There's a different style for every mudroom size, though these cool IKEA stools would work here too.
Every entry needs shelving, but not every home comes equipped with it. If this is you, it's time to install some. It's fairly simple to DIY, but if you're not confident with a hammer (or your landlord won't allow it), find a stylish hall tree instead.
West Elm Pipeline Hall Tree ( $499 ) ($399)
The classic hall tree takes us back to the days of the old schoolyard, but it's so practical that we just had to include it in our mudroom round up. This one has a hip midcentury industrial vibe, and we're totally down with that. You could just purchase this and forget about the rest. It's pretty much an all-in-one mudroom.
What are your makeshift mudroom essentials?