Checklist for Creating the Perfect MudroomColby Morrell
Thinking about making your home more efficient with a mudroom? Read on for our checklist for mudroom must-haves!
We’ve talked about the importance of the entryway on here, but what about other entrances to a home? We’re specifically thinking about the mudroom. Unlike the front entry, the mudroom is used primarily by the people who live there. It’s one of those spaces that many newer homes have and older homes wish they had. It’s a room that works hard to keep the rest of the house clean and organized. Here’s our checklist of what every mudroom needs to be efficient, durable, and an extension to your home’s style.
Hooks & Storage
All those coats, scarves, umbrellas, and shoes have to go somewhere! The perfect mudroom has space designed just for these things. Whether it’s open cubbies or storage concealed by a door, storage is key. If you don’t have any builtin cabinetry in your space, simply adding multiple rows of stylish hooks will give you somewhere to hang your coats as you enter.
When coming home from outside, most of us want to sit down and remove our shoes and outerwear. Having somewhere to sit makes this much easier. Incorporating a bench into your mudroom makes coming and going a much easier task. No room for a bench? Try a stool or chair that is durable but also compliments your home’s style.
We said earlier that storage is key. But also having a closet or large cabinets is great to store all the random things you wouldn’t have a place for otherwise. We’re talking about things like outdoor sports equipment, cleaning supplies, out of season coats, and other things you want to keep out of sight.
When possible, we always try to incorporate a wash sink into the design of the mudroom. This is perfect for gardening, quick wash of hands, craft cleanup and other washing. To really have a standout mudroom, install an oversized sink for hosing off pets and muddy boots.
Durable Flooring / Materials
It goes without saying that a mudroom sees quite a bit of abuse throughout the years. Design this space with materials that are durable and won’t scratch, chip, or break easily. We always suggest tile flooring in these spaces because of the strength and peace of mind it brings. Material options are basically endless, so it’s easy to create a usable room that reflects your home’s personality.