Ideal Location for a Mudroom
You have seen the benefits of a mudroom and have decided that you would like one. You even have a few design ideas after looking through the pictures. But there is still a lot left to decide. One of the most important decisions you need to make is regarding location.
When they were introduced, mudrooms were designed as second entryways to a home. You have the main double-door entry with beautiful art on the walls, high ceilings and a sweeping staircase ahead of you. Then on the side or back of the house, a second fairly wide entryway serves as the mudroom. Today, mudrooms still act as secondary entryways but they are often entire rooms rather than a hallway.
As with traditional mudrooms, a place away from the main entrance is best. It can be on the side of the house or at the back. When it comes to the actual location, you have several options:
- The kitchen. If you have a big kitchen, you can easily convert part of it into a mudroom. The kitchen is a convenient location since it already has a secondary entryway into the house. Use the area immediately after the entry door. Find a way to partition it from the rest of the kitchen to avoid a cluttered look. If you are building a new home, you can include a more permanent mudroom that adjoins the kitchen.
- The garage. As with the kitchen, the garage also has a secondary entryway into the house, making it a convenient location for a mudroom. Choose the area just before the connecting entry door into the house. One advantage with a garage is that you don’t have to partition the mudroom. Just have enough mudroom cabinets and shelves to ensure organization.
- An unused utility or storage room. If the room has an outside entrance and a door connecting it to the house, it can also be converted into a mudroom.
- An addition. Another, significantly more expensive, option is to have an addition constructed adjoining your home. Talk with a contractor about the design and code requirements of a mudroom addition.
The ideal location for a mudroom is one that works best for you. Look at the options above and compare them to the situation in your home. Is the garage big enough? Can you use the kitchen? Is an addition the best option?
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A mudroom is essentially one big storage area. But for it to work as intended, it needs its own mini-storages inside. When it comes to mudroom storage, the options are many and varied from simple boxes to hooks and many more.
It is a good idea to have a mixture of storage so as to accommodate different items from heavy coats to sports gear. Here are a few mudroom organization ideas to consider.
- Cabinets – cabinets come in handy for things like sports equipment, books and other items that cannot be hanged. If you have enough space, you can assign each person in the family their own cabinet. This improves organization and ensures everyone is responsible for the neatness of their own space. One option is to install wall cabinets, making sure they are low enough for accessibility. Alternatively, get floor cabinets so that you can use the top surface as extra storage. Or you can have a combination of wall and floor cabinets.
- Lockers – mudroom lockers can be used to store items like balls and bags as well as hang coats and hats. Assigned lockers are a good idea for large families.
- Bench – this is something many homeowners overlook but can have a lot of benefits. A built in mudroom bench provides a place for people to sit down as they take of their shoes. You can also place your handbag or backpack on it as you enter the house.
- Shelving – open shelves provide multi-functional storage for items like shoes, smartphones, keys and hats.
- Hooks and pegs – here you can place things like key chains, dog leashes, coats, hats, scarves and anything else that can be hanged. If you have kids, place some hooks low enough for them to easily hang something and take it down on their own.
These ideas are in no way exhaustive. You can have cubbies for mudroom storage, baskets and bins for laundry and even a large table to place things on. The most important thing is to choose storage that works for your needs and your budget.
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Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you plan your mudroom.
- Make it multi-functional. It does not have to be for storage only. For instance, there are plenty of laundry mudroom ideas you can integrate into your mudroom space. If it is off the kitchen, it can also function as a pantry room. If you have a dog that loves the outdoors, set up a washing area where you can clean him up before he goes inside the house. As long as space allows it, think of the different ways you can make use of the mudroom.
- Have the right flooring. Select a floor that is easy to clean and maintain. Stone, tile, vinyl and concrete are some of the best flooring materials for a mudroom. Consider adding a rug or mat at the entry door for people to scrap dirt off their feet.
- Add a mirror. You will appreciate being able to get a last look at yourself before getting out of the door.
- Add a message board where you can write down tasks, important phone numbers and other important messages for the family.
- Protect the walls. For exposed walls, consider adding beadboard wainscoting to protect the walls from scrapes and dirt.
- Ventilation is important to keep the room cool and comfortable. It also prevents mildew from forming due to too much humidity. Consider adding a fan.
- Don’t forget the aesthetics. Make sure the color of the walls, floor and cabinets coordinate properly. Add a rustic white mudroom bench, some art on the walls and a potted plant or two.
Each home will have its own unique storage and organization needs. Hopefully, this guide will help you design a mudroom that works perfectly for your family’s needs.
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