Designer Tips for Hanging Storage

This type of mudroom storage gives you quick retrieval of coats and bags as you head out the door.
HGTV Green Home: Black and White Mudroom With Wall Art

HGTV Green Home: Black and White Mudroom With Wall Art

Turn an entryway into a chic mudroom with the addition of a bench and thoughtfully placed hooks. Here, at the 2012 HGTV Green Home, the home's informal entrance provides a warm welcome and stylish storage options. The extra addition of long rectangular original artwork brings visual interest and style to the space.

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

Turn an entryway into a chic mudroom with the addition of a bench and thoughtfully placed hooks. Here, at the 2012 HGTV Green Home, the home's informal entrance provides a warm welcome and stylish storage options. The extra addition of long rectangular original artwork brings visual interest and style to the space.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

When you want easy access to items, hanging storage is the way to go.

"Hanging storage is a good idea because of the way people use mudrooms," says Joanne Sanders, a designer for Easy Closets. "They need the convenience — you want to grab that jacket or keys and head out the door."

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Why We Love Hooks

"I love hooks for quick retrieval in a mudroom and for a quick way to hang something like a hoodie," says professional organizer Jill Yesko, CPO of Discover Organizing. "It's much quicker than a hanger."

For her own home, Yesko has labeled every hook with the first initial of each family member. This encourages accountability and each person knows where to find their coat or bag. Yesko says she always uses double hooks (these feature a latch on the bottom with a hook on top) and likes placing bar hooks at a higher and lower height, spaced about three feet apart, to offer easy hanging storage for both adults and kids.

"Hooks are especially good for one or two items, not storing a large group of items," says Sanders. "You don't want to pile a bunch of coats on one hook and have to dig to find the one you need."

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Find It Faster

This handsome mudroom storage unit features open and closed storage for boots, coats, extra blankets and lunchboxes. This kind of organized entry helps an active family keep up with busy schedules and all their gear. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Reclaimed Entryway

A mudroom doesn't have to be located at the back or front of a home. An old side entry was converted into this welcoming mudroom with both open and closed storage solutions by TerraCotta Properties. Photography by Jeff Herr

Hooks and Benches

This accessible, family-friendly mudroom by Pierce Lamb Architects features plenty of hooks for caps and a handy built-in bench. Upper storage cabinets and beadboard paneling add character to the space. Photography by Kathy Tarantola

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Double-Duty Seating

Athletes in the family can quickly grab gear or change uniforms in this streamlined mudroom by LDa Architecture & Interiors. Large drawers under the built-in bench store items away and help the space maintain a clean look. Photography by Kathy Tarantola

Clutter-Busters

Whenever possible, keep mail and magazines organized and off kitchen counters. This mudroom storage unit offers open cubbies, drawers and cabinets to help a busy family keep track of mail and other items they use daily. Photo courtesy of Organized Living

Small-Space Solutions

Keeping things simple is the way to go. When space is tight, a storage bench can offer a useful place to change shoes, store books or keep bags handy. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Budget-Friendly Options

A tight budget doesn't mean you can't create efficient storage. This combination of a simple hobby cabinet, padded bench and message board creates the organization an active family needs for a mudroom entry. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Hard-Working Mudroom

This smart mudroom by Ron Brenner Architects is located in a hall between the kitchen and garage. The mudroom cabinetry was crafted into a divider wall that disguises the laundry room on the other side. Photography by Phillip Mueller

Pet-Friendly Details

Consider the needs of your pets. This pet-friendly mudroom by TerraCotta Properties includes a pullout lower drawer that offers customized space for food and water bowls. Photography by Jeff Herr

Pantry + Mudroom Combo

If you love to cook, try including pantry storage with your mudroom. This handy storage system from EasyClosets offers storage for mudroom essentials along with open shelves for dry pastas, extra mugs and cookbooks.

Storage Galore

This user-friendly unit combines all the essentials of good mudroom storage: open shelves, closed cabinets, hooks for hanging coats or pet leashes, and a storage bench. An open niche under the lower cabinets can be used for shoes or pet bowls. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Bins and Cubbies

Cube organizers are an inexpensive and easy way to add storage to your mudroom. Use pullout fabric drawers in fun hues for an added pop of color. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

On Display

Accessible and open storage solutions make a mudroom user-friendly. This mudroom storage unit offers visible storage for the backpacks, shoes, sweaters and scarves a family needs as they head out the door. Photo courtesy of Organized Living

Warm and Inviting

Small details can add style to a mudroom. A roomy mudroom in this Cape Cod-style home designed by Ron Brenner Architects features rich walnut storage solutions and serves as the family entry, ideally located off the kitchen and adjacent powder room. Photography by Phillip Mueller

Location, Location, Location

The right location makes all the difference for a mudroom. This user-friendly space for an active family of four is located between a side entry carport and an open-plan kitchen. Design by TerraCotta Properties; photography by Jeff Herr

A Place for Everything

Created to be an integrated feature of a full kitchen remodel, this smart mudroom/laundry room combination offers a series of hidden storage solutions for an active family. Storage for pet food and accessories was also included. Design by TerraCotta Properties; photography by Jeff Herr

Custom Organization

When your mudroom is open to an adjacent space, take design cues from existing decor. Hanging, open and closed storage for this mudroom are all located inside a single stylish unit. Photo courtesy of EasyClosets

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Formal to Functional

A sleek new mudroom and storage area is a key component of the more-welcoming formal entry in this renovated Boston townhouse designed by LDa Architecture & Interiors. The mudroom details complement the home's rich finishes.Photography by Peter Vanderwarker

Grab-and-Go Storage

Having accessible storage encourages family members to keep things organized. Hooks, cubbies and slide-out baskets offer storage for all kinds of household and personal items. Photo courtesy of Organized Living

Nifty Niche

Sometimes a simple niche creates just the storage you need. Architect Ron Brenner added a window to this upgraded mudroom that sits between the garage and main living area of this Arts & Crafts home. Photography by Phillip Mueller

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Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Pegs: An Alternative Hanging Solution

Pegs are a straightforward storage solution for a variety of items.

"I'm not a big fan of pegs unless they're the kind with a sharp angle upward," says Yesko. "When you use the kind that are straight out, things can fall off pretty easily."

Use pegs to store light bags, scarves or baseball caps, or add a peg rack under a shelf or a window to utilize available wall space.

An alternative to hooks and pegs and often utilized in a garage, slat walls in different colors and configurations can also be used in a mudroom.

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