Mudroom Storage Bench
The mudroom storage bench works double-duty to keep your space organized.
If your mudroom is small (as is typical for this type of space), you'll want as many of your furnishings as possible to pull double duty. A mudroom storage bench will do just that, by providing storage while also affording the members of your household a place to sit when pulling off muddy boots (or putting them on).
Jennifer Grey of the Old Painted Cottage placed an early 1900s child's armoire near the front door to serve as storage and added old brass doorknobs to a vintage piece of wood with original paint to hold bags and hats. "For my entry, you literally spill directly into the living room the second you walk through the front door," she says. "So I created a sort of mock entry mudroom with carefully planned placement of furniture and objects." Photo courtesy of The Old Painted Cottage
Just because a mudroom is new doesn’t mean it can’t feel familiar and homey. A retro-styled sink and faucet plus a towel bar make this space both functional and pretty. Vintage accessories like the painted stool were brought in to add texture and patina. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan
Mudrooms often have lots of hard surfaces such as cabinetry. Soften the space by bringing in accessories that provide texture, warmth and interest, such as a wicker umbrella stand. Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
For a light and airy space that also serves as a secondary dressing room for guests using the pool, all the pretty vintage and antique accessories are on display, while doors and drawers hide supplies and appliances. Decorative touches lend the patina of age to the traditional space. The washer and dryer are housed in compartments with doors so that they too can be hidden when not in use. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan
Must-Have Boot Trays
Whether you choose to wear shoes inside the house or not, you may want to store boots here, "especially if you don't want them clogging up your bedroom closets," says professional organizer Ruthann Betz-Essinger. Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
Nostalgic Picnic Baskets
Stacked picnic baskets move into the mudroom, storing out-of-season gear out of the way but within easy reach. Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets recommends planning both horizontally and vertically. "You'll find a lot of storage space by going up as high as possible," she says. Photo courtesy of California Closets
Consider using baskets for the things you'll store in the mudroom. "When you're looking at all these beautiful photos of mudrooms," says professional organizer Ruthann Betz-Essinger, "when you see a basket, there could be all manner of clutter inside. But who cares?" Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
Upcycled Iron Wall Unit
Create a sculptural wall unit by adding hooks to a metal grid for storage of hats, bags and jackets. The easier your mudroom is to use and the more interesting it is to look at, the more likely you are to enjoy it and have it work for you. Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
The space underneath the bench is ideal for storing shoes, boots, and even sporting equipment. In its simplest design, a storage bench will have a sort of trunk underneath a seat that is attached to the box with hinges and can be lifted when you need something inside. While this design may work for a small household with only a few items you want to store out of sight, many families—especially those with children—prefer to install cubbies underneath a mudroom bench so that shoes, boots and other things can easily be seen. In addition, you won't have to remove any items that may have been tossed onto the top of the bench, such as a cushion for sitting, which can make storing things inside inconvenient.
You can also choose a storage bench with drawers, or install drawers yourself if you're building your own bench. This design presents the best of both options: easy access to what's stored under the bench, while keeping items hidden from view. For a more budget-minded solution, any sitting bench can be turned into a storage bench by sliding pretty baskets or bins underneath. You could also simply leave the area underneath the bench open and slide a few pairs of often-worn shoes underneath.
When choosing or designing your mudroom storage bench, consider how many cubbies you will need underneath your bench. Do you want a cubby for each family member? Or would a slot for each pair of shoes work better? To make it even easier for family members to reach the shoes they want, install pull-out shelves into your cubbies. This way, multiple pairs of shoes can be stored in any one cubby while still being easy to reach.
For the bench design, the most typical style is a single storage bench that stands alone or is part of a hall tree—either custom-built or purchased pre-built from a home improvement or furniture store. If your mudroom has the space, consider installing an L-shaped storage bench (or slide two storage benches perpendicular to one another) to provide more sitting and storage space.
See also: Mudroom Planning Ideas
- Mudroom Furniture and Storage
- Mudroom Layout Options and Ideas
- Choose Durable Mudroom Materials
- Finding a Place for Your Mudroom
- Mudroom From HGTV Green Home 2012
- Great Escapes: For Mudrooms, Use Sturdy, Resilient Materials