Mudroom Furniture and Storage

The right mudroom furniture and storage system will keep your space tidy.

"The whole house for me is contemporary," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "It's fun, light and airy. It's not an overwhelming, dark ski house or mountain house."

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"The whole house for me is contemporary," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "It's fun, light and airy. It's not an overwhelming, dark ski house or mountain house."

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Eric Perry

By: Gina Hannah

If you're not careful, the mudroom can become a catch-all space for family members dropping off whatever they bring in the door. Avoid creating a junk room for items that don't seem to belong anywhere else in the house and bring clutter under control in your laundry room by having a system for putting things in their place.

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A mudroom tends to be small—a room where the best pieces of furniture can pull double duty to make the best use of your space. Most furniture, even a place to sit, will usually also serve as storage. Many mudrooms include a hall tree—with hooks for hanging jackets, a bench (with shoe cubbies underneath) and eye-level cubbies or mail slots for each family members' keys, gloves, sunglasses and other items. A built-in or sturdy standalone piece will certainly help your mudroom's storage plan take shape. But built-ins and large pieces of furniture can be expensive. A bench with cubbies or baskets underneath for shoes can also work well. Hang a pub mirror with hooks on the wall above the bench to provide a place to hang jackets, coats, hats and umbrellas.

A baker's rack or potting table can also work well in a mudroom. You can hang dog leashes and garden tools on the top part of the piece, and use the table surface for a number of different tasks. Shelves and cabinets are mudroom must-haves. Install cabinets that hide bins for separating recyclable items. Locker-style cabinets will allow larger items such as baseball bats to be kept out of sight until they're ready to use. Keep shoes, boots and umbrellas off the floor by installing fixtures that will allow them to be stored vertically. Hang a closet rod for coats and umbrellas. Attach sturdy metal clips to nails in a wall or slip S-hooks into pegboard holes and use the for hanging boots and galoshes.

Often a mudroom also serves as a laundry room, family message center, office or even a space for sewing and crafts. If this is the case for your mudroom, you'll need to consider all of the activities that will take place there as your plan your work areas and storage. It's a good idea to designate certain parts of the room for certain tasks if possible; if your laundry room is small, you'll need to have areas that can be easily converted from a space for one task to another.

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