Whether your home has a backdoor entry leading to a full-on mudroom or you live in a small city abode with only one entrance, stylish storage solutions are a game changer. We know this is even truer for anyone who resides somewhere with a lot of rain and snow or even those who have kids or roommates who have a ton of sporting equipment. Here's the good news: The right organizational pieces will keep clutter at bay in a stylish way, and thus, set the tone for the rest of your home as a place where form meets function.
From modestly-sized benches to sneaky closet spaces and even just a few coat hooks by the front door, the design-savvy mudroom ideas below are all the guidance we all need. And hey, if they can potentially prevent family feuds triggered by a mystery culprit tracking mud throughout the house or a pesky, ankle-twisting lacrosse stick, that's reason enough for us. So scroll through these seven mudroom ideas to enhance your space whether it's big or small.
Create a Cubby Room
If you have a large family or live with a few roommates, creating a system like a cubby room will make it much easier for kids and messy adults to stay organized without having to make much of an effort or having to think about a complicated system. There's a coat rack for umbrellas, hats, and outerwear, baskets for dirty footwear, and a bench for bookbags. We also love how the tiling and the white walls create flow from this room to the next.
Be Strategic With Furniture
This is the perfect example of a chic, elevated entryway that's also optimized for storage. When you don't have a mudroom to keep your dirty outerwear separate or hidden in the back of the home, opt for a structurally open console table that allows you to put storage baskets underneath. The way, you can make sure your surfaces are designated for tabletop décor rather than throwing all your raincoats on it.
Keep It Low Key
So you want to amplify your storage options in the entry, but you don't have the room or means to create an elaborate console table vignette. Instead, opt for the almighty bench. This one piece of furniture offers endless styling options, and you can use it as a landing dock for your bags when you walk through the front door. Plus, lining up your shoes underneath instantly introduces a whole new organizational system. This makeshift mudroom idea is especially well-suited for a front door that opens directly into a casual space like a kitchen, a studio apartment, or even a narrow hallway.
Stick to the Basics
When it comes to durable flooring that seamlessly connects the indoors and outdoors, it's hard to beat ceramic stone tiles. They're less formal and precious than hardwood, but they also offer a certain level of formality. We love the way this collapsible leather bench offers up a little storage space with a little help from the coat hangers installed above. It's super simple and blends well with the liveable elegance of the rest of the space.
Make It Outdoor-Friendly
When you aren't quite sure how to make the mudroom blend cohesively with the style of the rest of your home, think about the materials you're using. Opt for a small area rug or runner that complements the color scheme in the more formal rooms of the house plus a few décor details like ceramic hooks and a simple bench while sticking to practical flooring and lighting for all the foot traffic this area will see.
Two Rooms In One
If you want to use the backdoor area for a family room, home office, or really anything else that offers more functional value that just becoming an extra closet, just find good storage baskets and bins that complement the rest of color and texture scheme. In the example above, the blonde straw baskets blend in with the console table, the carpet, and even the wall art.
Keep It Behind Closed Doors
Aside from the coat hangers, everything in this mudroom is kept behind closed doors. If you want to keep all the clutter out of sight, consider working with a contractor and a designer to customize your space with built-in storage and seating. The gray-aqua paint is also a nice touch to make it look more sophisticated.
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