Designing a Functional Mudroom

Not only can a functional mudroom help keep your house looking clean and organized, but it can also add value to your home! Mudrooms are a place where you can store household items such as shoes, coats, keys and umbrellas and when designing mudrooms, it is essential to make them functional! 

Here are some tips to help make your mudroom design successful.

  1. Assess Your Needs: Before you begin designing your mudroom, it is important to think about how you plan to utilize the space. Consider what items you intend on storing, such as shoes, coats, bags, hats, dog food, sports equipment or other household essentials. Think about how much space you have available for your mudroom and how to make the best use of it.
  1. Create Storage Solutions: Having ample storage space can sometimes be hard to come by, but this is a key feature when designing a functional mudroom. Custom built-ins are always a great option for storing away coats and bags in your mudroom. You should also consider adding in hooks for clothing, and shelving to tuck away shoes and smaller items (if your space allows it). Adding a bench with underneath storage is another way to help keep your mudroom organized. 
  1. Invest in Durable Materials: Mudrooms are typically high-traffic areas used to take off dirty shoes before entering the rest of the home and they are likely to get dirty! When designing a functional mudroom, it’s important to choose durable materials that are easy to clean. Tile flooring is a suitable option that is water-resistant and can withstand a lot of dirt and moisture. Tile flooring is great in preventing water related damage and mold growth in your mudroom, and we often use it when designing client’s homes! Cle Tile is one of our favorite tile brands we use in our designs!
  1. Include Seating: A mudroom is a great place to sit down and take off your dirty shoes and outside gear before dragging mud through the rest of your home! Consider adding a built-in seating area where you can comfortably remove your shoes and store them for later use.
  1. Add Lighting: Ample lighting is essential in a functional mudroom to help you find items – such as your car keys when you’re headed out the door! Consider adding overhead lighting to lighten up the space as well as task lighting, such as small lamps or wall sconces next to storage and seating areas.
  1. Personalize the space: Lastly, consider adding some personal touches such as artwork, or a mirror which can instantly help make your mudroom feel bigger. Also think about adding a table for your keys and mail, which can also act as a grounding piece when you walk in the door. Personal touches will help make your mudroom feel like a more welcoming and functional space.

By following these tips, you can design a functional and organized mudroom that meets your needs and enhances the functionality of your home. If you would like to book a free consultation with Amy for further help on your mudroom design, click here!



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