Mudroom Furniture and Storage
The right mudroom furniture and storage system will keep your space tidy.
If you're not careful, the mudroom can become a catch-all space for family members dropping off whatever they bring in the door. Avoid creating a junk room for items that don't seem to belong anywhere else in the house and bring clutter under control in your laundry room by having a system for putting things in their place.
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.
A mudroom tends to be small—a room where the best pieces of furniture can pull double duty to make the best use of your space. Most furniture, even a place to sit, will usually also serve as storage. Many mudrooms include a hall tree—with hooks for hanging jackets, a bench (with shoe cubbies underneath) and eye-level cubbies or mail slots for each family members' keys, gloves, sunglasses and other items. A built-in or sturdy standalone piece will certainly help your mudroom's storage plan take shape. But built-ins and large pieces of furniture can be expensive. A bench with cubbies or baskets underneath for shoes can also work well. Hang a pub mirror with hooks on the wall above the bench to provide a place to hang jackets, coats, hats and umbrellas.
A baker's rack or potting table can also work well in a mudroom. You can hang dog leashes and garden tools on the top part of the piece, and use the table surface for a number of different tasks.
Often a mudroom also serves as a laundry room, family message center, office or even a space for sewing and crafts. If this is the case for your mudroom, you'll need to consider all of the activities that will take place there as your plan your work areas and storage. It's a good idea to designate certain parts of the room for certain tasks if possible; if your laundry room is small, you'll need to have areas that can be easily converted from a space for one task to another.
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
- Specialty Features for Mudrooms