8 Marvelously Functional Mudrooms

A versatile mix of storage options – cabinets, cubbies, hooks, drawers – is the key to an efficient mudroom. Get inspired by these eight spaces that both look great and keep clutter at bay.
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Photo By: Tanya Collins Design

Photo By: Anthony James Construction; photo by: Adam Kane Macchia

Photo By: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Photo By: Lakeshore Designs

Photo By: Lakeshore Designs

Photo By: Röm Architecture

Photo By: Barker Freeman Design Office

Antique Charm

This gorgeously outfitted mudroom by Frederick & Frederick Architects blends seamlessly into the home's traditional decor. Boots and shoes are tucked unobtrusively beneath the window seat, flanked by storage cabinets that have the look of freestanding furniture. Antique heart pine floors, countertops and transoms lend a sense of age and patina, and hold up to wear and tear. Antique window glass in the transoms, plus reclaimed siding on the walls, completes the look. 

Functional Focal Point

In this mudroom from Tanya Collins Design, an antique pine armoire, painted teal, boosts storage and creates a focal point that enlivens the otherwise neutral scheme. The built-in cabinets near the door, big enough to house bulky items, are painted the same shade as the walls so that they blend into the background. A framed chalkboard-paint wall serves as a central spot for memos and messages.

Wraparound Storage

Although most mudrooms are linear, this one by Anthony James Construction makes great use of an odd corner near the entrances to the home's garage and backyard. A wraparound bench seat features ample storage underneath, while hooks stand ready for purses, jackets, backpacks and more. The 1970s Dutch door adds a nostalgic top note.

Sleek Design

Thanks to LDa Architecture & Interiors’ stylish surfaces and clever design, this mudroom doesn’t look like a mudroom at all. Blond wood veneer covers the storage cabinets and bench; the flooring and kilim rug keep the look from feeling too stark.

Clean and Classic

The Lakeshore Designs team gave this mudroom a crisp, tailored feel while still making it ultra-functional. Baskets inside high cubbies conceal loose items such as gloves, while drawers keep footwear and other gear hidden away. Even coats and bags hanging from the hooks won't look untidy, thanks to the clean backdrop. Throw pillows and a cheery rug make the space feel polished.

Handy Kitchen Niche

This simple mudroom area, also from Lakeshore Designs, takes advantage of an awkward kitchen niche and draws the eye to what otherwise would have been dead space. It’s small, but there’s plenty of room to sit and tug off boots or transfer items between purses. As a bonus, it can double as a place for guests to perch and chat with the cook.

Mini Mudroom

If you can afford to give up a closet, take a cue from Röm Architecture and transform it into a mini mudroom. Divided cubbies are sized for different footwear types so that they don't end up in a heap. There's even room for school notebooks or library books that need to be toted in and out of the house.

Simple Shelving

Add two simple reclaimed-wood slabs, and presto! This recessed niche, just inside the backyard door, becomes a mudroom. Barker Freeman Design Office architects needed little more than the shelving and a few hooks to create an ideal setup for removing shoes and stashing flotsam. Keeping the wall color the same as in the rest of the room allows for continuity, but the paler hue on the surrounding wall helps to define the space.