Explore your options for mudroom shelves, a mudroom storage must-have.
"Mudrooms are typically small in square footage, so make the most of the space by going vertical," JoLynn Johnson says. "Add shelves where bins and baskets can be placed for easy access. Smaller items like hats, gloves and scarves can be stored in the bins." This traditional mudroom offers all the storage amenities of a spacious room compacted into one unit. Storage shelves, baskets, hooks, bench seating and convenient floor storage all help keep mudroom contents tidy and within reach.
Installing shelves in your mudroom will allow you to maximize space in an area that is typically small. Using vertical space will help ensure you are able to keep clutter at bay and provide a storage space that will meet everyone's needs.
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 shelves can take many forms. For maximum shelf storage space, it's difficult to beat a built-in unit that takes up an entire wall. You can store shoes on open shelves and hide other items in pretty baskets or colorful crates. Label baskets or crates to keep track of what's in them and place little-used items on the highest shelves. Tuck a folding stepladder in a corner to use when needed, or take a cue from old libraries by installing a track ladder if your wall area is large.
If you're going with a traditional hall tree in your mudroom, you can choose a piece that has shelves built in. For a custom-built unit, don't forget that shelves can be built into a side wall to create a perfect space to hold gloves, sunscreen or a charging station. Shelves can also be built above locker spaces, and below the sitting bench, to provide plenty of room for shoes. You could also have two sets of tall shelves flanking either side of a long bench. This configuration would work particularly well in a mudroom that is also a laundry space. Designate a different wall for shelves to store laundry soap and other items.
As another option, you can enclose a few of your mudroom shelves with doors to create cabinets that will keep things out of sight, an appealing option if your mudroom is part of an entry area that is used by guests, or if you just want to keep the room looking tidy.
If your budget is limited, you can repurpose bookshelves from another area of the house in your mudroom to store shoes, sunglasses and other items. Paint the shelves for a coordinated look and use pretty baskets to hold gloves, keys and other small items.
For an economical DIY project, simply mount shelves at varying heights on one or more walls of your mudroom. If you can, vary the heights based on your storage needs and use two walls in a corner to create a storage nook. Place two benches in an "L" shape in the corner (don't forget, those benches can provide shelf space too) to maximize your storage space. You can also do this project with wooden storage crates purchased at a craft or home improvement store. Paint the crates, or leave their natural wood exposed.
See also: Mudroom Planning Ideas
- Finding a Place for Your Mudroom
- Determine Your Mudroom Needs
- Choose Durable Mudroom Materials
- Mudroom Furniture and Storage
- Mudroom From HGTV Green Home 2012
- Great Escapes: For Mudrooms, Use Sturdy, Resilient Materials