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The Organized Mudroom Starts with Smart design

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 7, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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The mudroom is the center of activity in your home. It’s the transition between coming and going. It can also be a cluttered catch-all and the place the dirt congregates. Mudroom design deserves some careful thought so it can handle the demands of your family.

Consider the following as you start to plan for a new mudroom or overhaul your old one.

Design a family-friendly space. If you want your family to use the mudroom to its full extent, make it easy to use.

  • Make the mudroom an open space rather than a closet where family members are more apt to toss things in and close the door than put things where they go.

  • Use hooks rather than traditional rods and hangers. A hook is easier to use, especially for kids.

  • Place storage and hooks both higher and lower so there’s accommodation for kids but a spot for longer adult coats too.

Use easy-to-clean materials. By very definition, this room is going to be dirty. It helps if you use materials that clean up easily and have stellar durability.

Include a bench. From sitting to take shoes off to dropping a bag of groceries, a bench is a must-have for the mudroom.

  • Combine the bench area with cubbies or lockers for personalized storage space.

  • Use some of the space under the bench for out-of-the-way storage.

Create flow in the mudroom. Often the mudroom is a transitional space. Make sure it allows for easy access.

  • Convert an entry way or hallway into a “mudroom” it’s the perfect transitional area.

  • Remember that puffy coats and piles of shoes are the reality of the mudroom and take into account how that will affect how you can move through the space.

Combine the mudroom with other types of rooms. The mudroom can take on many purposes. Why not let the space do more than one thing?

  • Consider that a laundry/mudroom is very efficient and is popular in new builds where the room is built right off the garage.

  • Let your mudroom do the heavy lifting as a storage room. You might already have a collection of winter gear and off-season sports gear. Why not add the box of Christmas decorations too?

  • Use the entry way as a miniature mudroom. Even a few hooks or baskets can make a big difference.

Always have a purpose. Don’t let the mudroom be an afterthought, it can be one of the most functional spaces in the home. Think it through and design it well.

  • Consider how needs will change through the seasons.

  • Think about your family’s habits and needs. What are they naturally going to do with the space? Plan for that rather than trying to train your family how to use the new space.

Enclose the mudroom. Give yourself the ability to close off the room to hide clutter and less attractive aspects of your home in case guests drop by or you just don’t want to see the messier side of living.

  • Install a sliding barn door that doesn’t jut out into the adjoining room but still lets you block it out.

  • Try pocket doors to enclose the space when needed without interrupting your minimal space.

Use vertical space. Maximize your storage capacity by going up.

  • Employ overhead storage bins which are great for items not currently in use but are ready whenever needed.

  • Install floor to ceiling cabinetry to enclose items that are put away for more permanent stowing. It looks great and provides excellent storage.
Repurpose furniture. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a cute and functional mudroom. Take a look around at what you already have that can be transformed for a different purpose.
  • Makeover an old dresser to provide individual storage for each member of your family.

  • Repurpose a bookcase into handy shelves, cubbies, or a locker.
Make it a place for pets. The mudroom is the perfect spot for pet care too.
  • Include space for feed bowls and litter boxes.

  • Install a sink for baths.

  • Install tile in the mudroom for times when Fido (or the kids) have a little too much fun in the mud puddles.

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