The word “mud” might not sound inviting, but a mudroom can actually be a welcoming – and useful – space. Mudrooms, which serve as a transition between the outdoors and the inside of a home, are traditionally found in cold, snowy climates as a place to change out of wet clothes and shoes. But, whether large or small, they’re ideal for houses in any climate. They can minimize cleaning (no tracking dirt through the house), maximize storage and help with organization. Whether you already have a mudroom or are thinking about creating one, consider:
Location. Off the kitchen or near the back door are the most popular locations for mudrooms, but garages and utility closets are also prime spots.
Flooring. This is the one place in the house where the floors are supposed to get dirty. Choose a durable, non-slip material – tile, stone, vinyl, laminate, and concrete – in a dark color. And be sure to include a few doormats: a fiber or rubber mat to clean off shows and an absorbent, washable rug to keep dirt from getting tracked in.
Walls. Surely they will get dinged and scratched and splashed, so choose covering wisely. Vinyl wallpaper or an easy-to-clean, moisture-proof paint should do the trick.
Seating. Although you likely won’t be spending too much time in your mudroom, a place to sit is key. A sturdy chair or bench is useful for removing wet shoes or boots.
Storage. Choose organizing accessories based on the main purpose of the space and who uses it most. If it functions mainly as a staging area for adults, be sure to prominently feature coat and key hooks, as well as a place to sort mail. If kids are the main focus, include labeled storage bins and designated areas for backpacks and after-school activity gear, such as sporting goods.
No matter how the rooms is used, it’s a good idea to include plenty of shelving and racks for shoes.