Mudroom Lockers and Cubbies
Lockers and cubbies create designated storage that keeps clutter from building up on the floor or around the doorway. When used correctly, cubbies and lockers can bring order to all the bags, coats and accessories you use on a daily basis.
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
Mudroom Cubby Systems
Cubbies are perfect for items like galoshes, flip-flops and toys.
"You can use them at different heights and they're good for kids," says designer Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt of Marsh & Clark Design. "For our clients here in San Francisco, we have lots of families who do sailing and have lots of gear, so having cubbies in a mudroom gives them the storage they need."
Open cubbies might not be the best storage solution for a mudroom fully visible from an adjacent space (like a formal kitchen) or for a homeowner driven mostly by aesthetics. If you don't mind spending the money, you can add cabinet doors to the cubby holes to provide more hidden storage. Just make sure to consider what you need to store.
"The big mistake with cubbies is not thinking about scale and size," says Fillbrandt. "You don't want cubbies that are too big and wasteful, but you also don't want cubbies so small that you can't fit much in there." Cubbies work best when used in combination with other storage solutions.
"Your cubbies can't do everything," says designer Joanne Sanders of Easy Closets. "You don't want an entire mudroom space made just from cubbies, because they eat up your horizontal and vertical space because you're dividing that space so many times over."
For those who like that classic schoolhouse look or have lots of sports uniforms, equipment or bulky coats, open and closed lockers are a natural for mudroom organization.
"I think the best thing about lockers is that they give each family member their own space," says Fillbrandt. "We have done lockers before where each child can hang their own schedule on the back of their locker door. I think lockers are fun because you can personalize them really easily, like putting wallpaper on the back inside wall. Making it fun and personalizing the locker will make your kids want to use it."
Depending on your personal taste and the style of your mudroom, you might prefer open lockers that offer visual access to items. Open lockers also allow good ventilation for wet coats, jackets and swimwear. But for those who like a clean and streamlined look, closed lockers are the best solution.
"You can actually do a combination of open and closed lockers," says Sanders. "You can have ones with frosted glass doors, flat doors or raised panel doors. You can go for a driftwood look if you live near the beach, or go for a crisp white or textured-grain look. There are many options available these days."