Ideas To Create The Perfect Mudroom In Your Home


     While mudrooms may not be popular in California, we think they should ! They’re super cute and a great way to add more storage space to your home. They’re also great to use to define an entryway. We pulled together some ideas and ways you can create a mudroom in your home.



   The first thing to do is decide where you will setup your mudroom. A mudroom is usually a narrow hallway off of the kitchen or laundry room. If you don’t have a room like that, you can add onto your home or use the entryway by your front door as the area. If you have a vestibule, which is a little hallway or room leading into your home usually from the front door, you can setup your mudroom there. Some people may not be able to put the mudroom near the front door or a back door, so unused or “dead” space/rooms is a great place to setup the mudroom. Walk throughout your home (just first floor if you have a two-story house) and try picturing your mudroom in different areas to get ideas of what will work and look good in your home.



   Since a mudroom is meant for taking off dirty or wet shoes, jackets, sports gear, etc., the floor should be slip resistant. Tile, natural stone, or slate work well for the flooring. They’re also sturdy and easy to clean. Rough rugs can be placed by the entrance of the mudroom to wipe excess mud or dirt off of shoes.

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    Storage is essential for a mudroom. Figure out what you’ll be wanting to store in your mudroom so you can get a better idea of how much storage you’ll need. Closets or open spaces with hooks are great for storing coats, backpacks and bags. Cubbies or baskets work well for putting shoes in. If you need a lot of storage, consider putting in floor to ceiling cubbies or storage units. Your storage shelves or units can be free standing or built-in to accommodate your needs. Small drawers or pigeon holes can be a great place to put your keys and mail in.

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  If you have dogs or other animals, consider having a pet washing station if you have the space. Dogs and other animals love to run around outside no matter the weather. Before letting them into the main part of the house, you can hose them down and rinse away any dust, dirt, or mud from their paws and bodies. You could also use this feature for regularly washing your dogs.

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  Benches are essential to a mudroom. There needs to be a place for you and your family to sit down and take your shoes off. Depending on your space and location of the mudroom, you can have a built-in bench or a free standing one. While either option is great, think of the size of your mudroom and what will give you the most space.                                                   

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  To get more out of your mudroom, you can use it as more than just a place to set wet shoes and jackets. Your mudroom can be turned into an office, laundry room, homework area, craft station, etc. If the space is there, why not use it!

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    Mudrooms can be completely customizable for you and your family’s needs. Even if you don’t live in an area that gets a lot of snow and rain, they’re still a great home improvement idea. We hope these ideas will help you in getting your mudroom setup!