Small Mudroom Ideas
Maximize your mudroom space with clever, attractive storage.
A padded white bench is used in this mudroom for storage. Beneath the bench are two wicker baskets, while above the bench is an area to hang coats and additional open-faced cabinets.
If your mudroom is small, you'll want a plan to furnish and design it that will maximize your space. Your first step is to determine what tasks you want to be able to accomplish in your mudroom. At a minimum, you'll want a place to drop off muddy shoes and boots, rain coats and umbrellas, backpacks and other items family members bring into the house and drop by the door. If you have space for a table or desk to sort mail and collect recyclables, or a utility sink to pot plants, you can turn the space into a multipurpose area for getting tasks done.
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
Take advantage of wall space in your small mudroom by using multiple hooks and cabinets to store outerwear, umbrellas and bags. A built-in shelving unit with a bench and cubbies underneath for shoes will help maximize storage space. You can also incorporate smaller eye-level cubbies to store keys, sunglasses, gloves and other small items. A cubbyhole wall unit can be the perfect solution for getting boots and shoes off the floor and within easy reach. On higher shelves, store seasonal items in pretty baskets. If you have the space, hang a mirror so everyone can do last-minute checks before putting on hats and heading out the door.
If you don't have a mudroom but want to designate a small space for potting plants, dropping off wet shoes and other items, you can create a space that is convenient to the door your family uses most often. Even a front entryway can be transformed into a mudroom-type of space, if that's what works best for your family. Do you have a coat closet near your front door. Remove the door, purge old items stored there that you no longer need, and transform the closet into a built-in hall tree, complete with a sitting bench, cubbies and hooks for hanging umbrellas, hats and coats. If you don't have an entry closet, installing a series of decorative hooks at varying heights near your front door will turn a place for hanging items into an attractive focal point.
Don't forget about the floor in your mudroom area. Consider installing tile and laying down a mat to collect dirt, mud and water. To control paper clutter and keep up with the mail, hang a wall-mounted document organizer or magazine rack to hold outgoing mail and give each family member his or her own "mail box."
More: Planning a Mudroom
- Mudrooms: Inside Vs. Outside
- Mudroom Lockers and Cubbies
- Mudrooms: Built-Ins vs. Freestanding
- 5 Steps to Get Organized
- Choose Durable Mudroom Materials
- Designer Tips for Hanging Storage