Shelves and Benches for Mudrooms
Since a mudroom is a transitional space, it makes sense to create a room that is user friendly. Shelves and benches allow you to keep all the mudroom essentials organized and within easy reach.
Here are tips on how to utilize shelving and benches in your mudroom.
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
Giving you access to the items you use most often, shelves are a great way to keep everything organized and off the floor.
"They allow you to grab items quickly and let you see what you have," says designer Ili Nilsson, founding partner of TerraCotta Properties. "You can store little items like gloves, hats or scarves in baskets on shelves, or use them for rolled beach towels in the summer. Just avoid placing the shelves too low, because that encourages people to use them as a 'ladder' to grab things above."
Shelves that are very shallow limit your mudroom storage options, while deep shelving can result in items lost or forgotten in the back of the shelf. Also consider the weight of the items you want to store. Floating shelves can be beautiful but not useful for items that weigh a lot. Always use good-quality brackets and mounting hardware.
When you need to remove dirty boots or put down grocery bags as you unload the car, a mudroom bench can be just the answer. You can include a built-in bench or buy a ready-made bench you can mix and match with other mudroom accessories.
"If you're going to do a built-in bench, you should definitely include built-in storage drawers or a flip-up top with cabinet space below if you can," says designer Lisa Benbow, owner of Garnish Home Decor. "I think a bench gives a center point for the mudroom. I usually like to do storage cabinets and shelves to the left and right of the bench."
Benches can be very basic or a great way to add style to your mudroom.
"You can use a vintage church pew, a farmhouse-style bench, an old schoolhouse bench or even an old bench from a train depot,” says Nilsson. "Just think about who the users of that bench will be. Don't have a precious cushion on your bench if you have three sons who play soccer and come inside muddy."