The mudroom bench is must-have furniture that can take many forms.
A bench is a must-have in your mudroom, not only as a place to sit down to pull off your boots and shoes, but also as a space for storage. There are many ways to incorporate a bench into your mudroom (or the area you've designated as an entryway mudroom-style spot), depending on how much room you have, as well as on your budget.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Your mudroom bench could be in the form of a hall tree, complete with hooks for jackets, hats and umbrellas, and cubbies underneath the bench for shoe and boot storage. If your budget and space allow, you can have a built-in unit custom-made for your space. Your bench can be designed as part of a wall unit that includes cubbies, cabinets, lockers and shelves, to maximize storage for your coats, bags and other items.
Design your unit with shelves or cabinets up to the ceiling to store off-season items, and have a small stepladder handy for when you need those items. Your bench can be designed as a window seat to create a sunny entryway. If the space and design of your mudroom allow, consider an L-shaped bench and shelving unit to make greater use of your available space. Or, if your family is large, construct dual benches or hall trees on either side of a long mudroom.
Whatever form it takes, a mudroom bench should have storage underneath, designed as cubbies, drawers, or even shelves with pull-out baskets. As an alternative to a custom-built system, you can find free-standing hall trees in a wide range of sizes and styles at home improvement and furniture stores. Or, if you're looking for a good weekend project, you can build and paint your own mudroom bench, either free-standing or with a back panel that is mounted to the wall.
If your budget is more limited, a simple bench and series of hooks can do the trick. In addition to furniture stores, check discount and thrift stores for pieces that work with your decor. Get creative; even a salvaged park bench or church pew can help you dress up a charming space for your family to store coats, boots and umbrellas. The perfect bench for your space may be made of wood, metal or wicker. Slip pretty baskets or bins underneath the bench in place of cubbies. As an alternative to mounting hooks on the wall, install a pub mirror above the bench to hold jackets, bags and key rings.
See also: Mudroom Planning Ideas
- Great Escapes: For Mudrooms, Use Sturdy, Resilient Materials
- Mudroom Layout Options and Ideas
- Practical Mudroom Design Tips
- Rustic Country Mudrooms
- Simple Mudrooms
- Determine Your Mudroom Needs