A white, open-faced cabinet unit has been placed along one wall in this mudroom, which also has a small desk, white chair, and pantry.
For adequate storage in your mudroom, cubbies are a must. Whether you need to corral shoes, mittens or sports equipment, cubbies are a good way to contain items while maintaining easy access to them.
Location, Location, Location
"It's practical to consider the mudroom as a transition zone between a garage and the main house," says interior designer Molly Quinn. "And since people frequently use their back entrances as their main entrance/exit, it's helpful to consider what areas guests will walk through before arriving at their destination." For a tailored mudroom with plenty of storage, Quinn included a wool Oushak runner, which she says is naturally durable. Photo courtesy of Molly Quinn Design
No more hunting around for items in the back of a dense shelf. A pretty space for hats, scarves and bags is made even more functional by the cabinet that slides out to reveal an organization system complete with hooks and wire shelving for easy access to cleaning supplies and household tools. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan
A wall unit by California Closets includes lots of cubbies and even rods for hanging jackets and coats. "Look at the space as a blank palette," advises Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets. "And consider it not only from left to right, but from floor to ceiling. You’ll find a lot of storage space by going up as high as possible."
An easy solution is to park a wall unit near an entry, keeping guesswork to a minimum. If possible, factor in a cubby for each family member and some drawers or baskets to keep some things out of view. Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
Equipment Drop Zone
As anyone who lives near a beach can attest, transitional zones are a necessity for trapping the residuals of fun in the sun. A sand-room unit includes a spot for the surfboard and plenty of beach towels. Photo courtesy of California Closets
A Mudroom Wall for All
A custom mudroom wall includes a cubby and locker for each family member. "Because I needed to use every inch of the space and I wanted everyone to have their own spot, I had this locker unit custom-made," says interior designer Traci Zeller. "That way I could give each person the largest and deepest locker possible in the limited space we had. Going the custom route was the best option and rather comparable in price to a prefabricated unit." Design by Traci Zeller; photography by Dustin Peck Photography
No need to grab a stepstool. Stairway cubbies can be fitted at the right height for children; the top surface can be used for display or decorative baskets, bins or bags. Photo courtesy of California Closets
Mail Filing System
This mudroom's desk makes the space even more practical, with mail slots, drawers and shelving. The black-painted wall behind the desk makes a subtle distinction between this contemplative space and the rest of the hard-working mudroom. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan
Double-Duty Craft Room
This mudroom doubles as a craft room, where a dropped counter at desk height accommodates a sewing machine. Though doors and drawers hide wrapping paper, ribbon, tape and scissors, countertops are the perfect place for wrapping gifts. Coordinating materials used in the room differentiate spaces for different tasks: white for tasks and crafts, polished wood for household storage, olive green for personal things. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan
Room for Seasonal Items
"We advise people to rotate their gear with the season," says Scott. "You can move items from one area to another, placing out-of-season items up high or behind cabinet doors so they’re still really easy to find." A wall unit makes the most of vertical and horizontal space. Photo courtesy of California Closets
Using antique accents and earthy materials, HGTV host Sarah Richardson designed a stylish entryway that maintains the welcoming character of a century-old farmhouse. To add a touch of charm into your mudroom, skip the custom storage systems and incorporate sentimental furnishings.
To achieve the maximum in flexibility, you can design and build (or commission) cubbies that are adjustable. The needs of those in your household will change over the years, and having adjustable cubbies as well as shelves will help ensure that your mudroom organizing system will stand the test of time. In designing your cubbies with a carpenter (or before you build them yourself) keep in mind what you plan to store in them, and measure accordingly.
Consider your family's needs and activities. If you have kids who play sports, a tall cubby into which they can prop baseball bats and tennis rackets, complete with a basket to hold balls and helmets, will help keep those items off the floor. Have a separate cubby below a sitting bench for cleats and other shoes. Hooks fastened into the back and sides of a locker-style cubby will hold backpacks, dance and swimming bags, as well as jackets and umbrellas. Add as many hooks as you think each family member will need. Also, make sure your tall cubbies or lockers are tall enough for sports equipment as well as adult-sized coats, and be sure shoe cubbies are tall enough for boots.
You may also want to include a charging station for mobile phones, laptops and tablets. If so, plan spaces that will fit these items, and don't forget to provide access to electrical outlets. It's good to have these types of cubbies at eye level for easy reach.
It's logical to store shoes and boots in cubbies that are close to the floor, typically underneath a bench. To make sure shoes are easy to reach no matter how many pairs are shoved into the cubby, install a shelf on wheels that can be pulled out. The drawer may be designed without a front to keep shoes hidden from view. You can also install slide-out baskets to hold gloves, scarves and other small items.
If you are limited on space and simply need a place to store shoes, you can purchase a set of stackable cubbies. And remember that your cubbies and sitting bench don't have to be together in the same unit. If you have space in your mudroom or entry, build an entire wall of cubbies and build or place a sitting bench along a perpendicular wall. A full wall of adjustable cubbies will truly maximize your mudroom's storage space.
See also: Mudroom Planning Ideas
- Mudrooms: Inside Vs. Outside
- Mudroom Lockers and Cubbies
- Mudrooms: Built-Ins vs. Freestanding
- 5 Steps to Get Organized
- Choose Durable Mudroom Materials
- Designer Tips for Hanging Storage