Choose from an array of mudroom hooks to keep things off your mudroom floor.
Don't be afraid to integrate your home's style and personality into your mudroom design. Design blogger Kristin Salazar designs her mudroom as a direct reflection of her home's shabby chic charm, while still using it as a functional entry storage spot. Rather than wasting wall space, Kristin adds a small shelf to house charming decorative accents.
Mudrooms are a place where you'll want to have multiple types of storage, including hooks for jackets, backpacks, umbrellas—even sports equipment. Maximize your storage capacity while adding style to your mudroom by choosing from a wide range of hooks.
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.
The typical mudroom organizing system includes a bench with shelves and a few hooks, often fastened inside a hall tree. But if you think outside the box, there are many ways to be creative with hooks and add a decorative element to your space. Consider the decorating style you are using. Peruse the Internet and home improvement stores to find hooks in a wide range of styles, from traditional iron work to modern chrome.
Are you using a nautical theme? Choose hooks in the shape of anchors and whale tails, or try using boat cleats. Leaves and flower petals are also popular looks. Hooks are available in plastic, in a wide range of bright colors, and even in unique shapes (a saucepan, for example). Other whimsical designs include brightly colored plastic dogs' tails and metal hooks with round ceramic tips painted in bright floral designs. If you have multiple children who will be vying for storage space, purchase a hook with the first letter of each child's name. To create a space where hooks can be moved depending on the space needed, hang a towel rack on one wall and slip S-hooks over the rod.
You can also choose a rack made of wood or other material that has a row of hooks. Some designs are interactive, allowing you to pull out one of several pegs and choose from among several rows of holes where you want to hang your coat. A pub mirror with hooks is also a good choice.
To keep your remodeling project budget-friendly, repurpose other items to serve as hooks. Simple furniture knobs are an economic choice, and you can paint them a favorite color or leave the natural wood showing. Choose varying sizes to add interest and flexibility, and be sure to screw them into studs for added strength.
For a rustic look, attach sturdy branches from trees to studs in your wall as a place to hang relatively lightweight items, such as jackets, umbrellas and hats. If you want to add an industrial touch, choose a rack with a row of welded C-clamps.
If you have the space, your mudroom can be a space to hang not only jackets and backpacks but also bicycles. Mount hooks in the ceiling or high on a wall to keep bikes from taking up floor space.
See also: Mudroom Planning Ideas
- Mudroom Furniture and Storage
- Choose Durable Mudroom Materials
- Mudroom From HGTV Green Home 2012
- Determine Your Mudroom Needs
- Great Escapes: For Mudrooms, Use Sturdy, Resilient Materials
- Finding a Place for Your Mudroom