27 Ways to Maximize Your Mudroom

mudroom with built-in storage

Sara Tramp; DESIGN: Emily Henderson Design

Ready or not, fall is almost here. Soon scorching temps, cloudless skies, and glasses full of chilled rosé will give way to colder conditions, rainy forecasts, and mugs filled with mulled wine. All this to say, now's the time to start prepping your mudroom for autumn before the leaves start falling and the seasonal shift officially sets in.

We can all agree that ample seating, plenty of storage, and a heavy-wearing rug are integral to an efficient mudroom. If your space lacks just one of these things, getting out of the door on time becomes a hassle. So, in an effort to help you prepare your space for the coming season, we're breaking down 27 ways to maximize a mudroom ahead.

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Opt for a Heavy-Wearing Rug

Given that the mudroom is used daily, it's essential to opt for a heavy-wearing rug that will hold up in a high-traffic area. A durable indoor/outdoor rug that can easily be rinsed off, like the runner seen in this space designed by Shea McGee of Studio McGee, checks all the boxes.

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Install Slate Tile Floors

For a mudroom that sees a lot of use (think snow-covered boots, muddy pawprints, and dripping umbrellas), consider installing sturdy slate tile flooring, as seen in this mudroom, another stunner designed by Shea McGee of Studio McGee.

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Keep a Basket by the Door

In a space that's not conducive to built-in storage options, gain inspiration from this make-shift mudroom, designed by none other than Shea McGee of Studio McGee, and simply place a basket by the door to corral shoes, umbrellas, and other unsightly odds and ends you want to stow out of sight.

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Consider Seating With Built-In Storage

For those with a long and narrow mudroom (or even just a hallway), consider furnishing the space with a bench that has built-in drawers for added storage. Of course, leave it to Shea McGee of Studio McGee to solve all your small-space mudroom storage woes with this simple yet brilliant solution.

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Tuck a Basket Under a Bench

Even if your mudroom doesn't boast a long bench situated between two floor-to-ceiling cabinets, you can still steal this ingenious idea from Jenny Komenda of Juniper Home. Just tuck a sturdy basket or two under the seating in your entry to keep the space looking organized, no matter how messy it gets.

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Hang a Peg Rail

Take a page from Seattle-based interior designer Kylee Shintaffer and hang a peg rail in your mudroom to keep everything from raincoats to dog leashes to hats organized and within arm's reach as you head out the door. Trust us, this seemingly simple storage solution is seriously life-changing.

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Use Lockers to Keep Things Organized

When everything has its place, cleaning is a breeze, notes Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors in the caption describing this mudroom, which she designed. The Minnesota-based interior designer makes a compelling case for using lockers to do exactly that—ensure that everything has its place.

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Create a "Mini" Mudroom

In a small-space entryway, follow Jessica Bunge of Emily Henderson Design's lead and create a mini mudroom: Install a peg rail for vertical storage, stash a catch-all basket under a sleek bench, and hang a mirror to visually double your square footage. Bonus points for incorporating greenery into the space.

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Have Fun With Floor Tiles

Leave it to Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors to create the small-space mudroom of our dreams, complete with a hidden message on the penny tile floor. Gain inspiration from the Minnesota-based interior designer and let your personality shine through in the design of the oft-used space.

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Make a Statement With Wallpaper

Why not infuse some personality into the space that you use day in and day out with wallpaper? We don't know about you, but the statement wall in this mudroom designed by Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors has us daydreaming about installing boldly printed wallpaper in our own entryway.

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Add Visual Interest With Board and Batten

In this mudroom designed by Hogan Kelly Design, a board and batten wall lends visual interest to an otherwise blank white space. Not to mention, the low-maintenance wall treatment is easier to clean than painted drywall, making it ideal for entryways that really put the "mud" in mudroom.

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Choose Cabinet Fronts With Texture

While we're on the topic of adding visual interest to a space, allow us to direct your attention to the cabinet doors in this mudroom designed by Julie Howard of Timber Trails. Rather than electing for smooth cabinet fronts, let this space inspire you to choose fronts that add a textural element to the room instead.

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Set the Tone With Pendants

Don't overlook the impact lighting can have on this space. If you have the luxury of high ceilings, pendants can set the tone for the rest of the room. Take for instance this narrow hallway turned mudroom designed by Julie Howard of Timber Trails featuring a pair of statement-making star-shaped pendants.

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Add Additional Seating

If you have square footage to spare, make like Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors and add farmhouse flair to your mudroom with a spindle-back wood bench. Beyond being decorative, it offers extra space for taking off your shoes and preparing to step into the sanctuary that is your home.

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Embrace Vertical Storage Options

Proof that you only need a few square feet to create a mudroom, this space designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors makes the most of every inch with a small bench complete with built-in drawers and plenty of vertical storage in the form of an efficient peg rail and a floating shelf.

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Lend Charm With a Dutch Door

There are a number of reasons to swoon over this mudroom designed by Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design: the forest green cabinetry, the gilded wall hooks, the black-and-white woven baskets. But we're positively charmed by the wood Dutch door.

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Install a Simple Shelf

In this small-space entryway designed by Rebecca Axler of RTG Design, a shelf lends just enough surface area for a decorative vase of flowers, a notepad, and a catchall for keys. Follow Axler's lead and mount hooks on the opposite wall to make the most of a tiny space that's part mudroom part hallway.

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Use a Dresser for Additional Storage

If you're short on storage options, use a tall dresser to pick up your closet's slack. In the mudroom pictured here, Renee DiSanto and Christina Samatas of Park & Oak Interior Design opted for a four-drawer dresser flanked by wall-mounted hook racks and built-in benches.

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Go Bold With Color

Take a cue from Renee DiSanto and Christina Samatas of Park & Oak Interior Design and go bold with color in your mudroom. Here, the walls, built-in cabinets, molding, and door frame are slathering in a dramatic shade of green, lending a moody vibe to the space.

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Or, Keep It Neutral

On the other hand, this mudroom, also designed by DiSanto and Samatas of Park & Oak Interior Design, makes a case for a neutral color palette. The bold black door and pendants contrast against the crisp white built-ins, and the brick floor, natural wood bench, and woven baskets lend texture to the space.

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Find Creative Ways to Display Art

In this gorgeous space designed by Erin Francois of Francois et Moi, art sits atop beadboard wainscoting and leans against the wall, proving that mudrooms don't need to be all business all the time. (But, to be honest, the walls are pretty much works of art unto themselves, no?)

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Opt for Plate Rail Wainscoting

Yet another case for statement wall paneling in the mudroom, this space designed by Daniel Brisset features floor-to-ceiling plate rail wainscoting that exudes rustic, farmhouse vibes. A wall-mounted shelf with a row of polished nickel hooks and topped with vintage pails completes the look.

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Make It Do Double Duty

This mudroom meets laundry room designed by Shea McGee of Studio McGee is a lesson in designing a double-duty space that's highly functional. Despite the limited square footage, the room is replete with storage options: Wall hooks, a custom bench with built-in drawers, and plenty of cabinets, to point out just a few.

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Incorporate a Cork Bulletin Board

A high-traffic area like a mudroom is the ideal place to display an important message or leave a reminder about an appointment, which is why interior designer Amy Storm of Amy Storm & Company incorporated a cork bulletin board into this space. Brilliant. (We're definitely stealing this idea for ourselves.)

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Line Cubbies With Baskets

We've said it before, and we'll say it again (and again): You can never have too many baskets. Especially in a mudroom where clutter just tends to accumulate. Here, Julie Howard of Timber Trails puts these storage workhorses to good use, lining each cubby with its own individual, woven basket.

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Make an Entry Look and Feel Bigger

If you don't have an expansive mudroom, don't worry, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors has you covered. Transform a small entry into a makeshift mudroom with just two items: a bench to rest your tired legs and an oversized mirror to instantly make your space look and feel bigger.

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Utilize a Coat Rack

For those truly short on space, make like Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors and opt for a simple, freestanding coat rack in the entryway. In this space, double entry doors and tiled floors beautifully denote the front entrance from the rest of the home.

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