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Mudroom Basics 101

Mudroom Basics 101

Mudroom Makeover for farmhouse style
Written by Jillian Chapman

Get the best of both style and function in this classic farmhouse space: the mudroom.

There are many aspects of design that fit farmhouse style—perhaps none more than the beloved mudroom. Not only is this an aesthetically important area, but it highlights organization and function in your home. The mudroom takes an area prone to clutter and turns it into a functional and organized eye-pleaser. Here’s how to make the most of this space.

Mudroom is one of the best aspects of design that fit farmhouse style.
To maximize organization, even in a smaller mudroom, make the most out of the space you have, as lead interior designer Danielle Steele of Marks-Woods Construction Services did here. “Consider low shelving or spaces for shoes or shoe racks that slide under a bench,” she says. [PHOTOGRAPH BY JENN VERRIER]

Location

If you’re designing and building your home, you have a say in the room’s location. “Location of the mudroom is critical,” says architect Mark Kaufman from GTM Architects. “It should be located right off your secondary entry to the house, such as off the garage or an outside door.” The mudroom is your buffer between your home and the outside. Careful location selection is essential for creating a functional, well-intentioned space.

Mudroom Makeover for farmhouse style
This mudroom is a great example of how a mudroom can help you and your family stay organized, with a daily calendar, drop zone for each kid, and plenty of outlets at counter-height for chargers. [PHOTOGRAPHY BY STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG]

Organization

The mudroom is often a drop zone as you enter your home, which makes it crucial to have thoughtful and functional design. “Think about practical application of items you need to store,” says designer Allie Mann from Case Architects & Remodelers. For example, storage for shoes should be at floor level, and space for coats at roughly shoulder height.

Mudroom Makeover for farmhouse style
Designers Allie Mann and Elle Hunter from Case Architects & Remodelers included child-specific needs in this mudroom design. Built-in locker areas provide a perfect drop zone for backpacks and sports bags, with designated spots for each kid that also help to keep the space organized with easy access. [PHOTOGRAPHY BY STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG]

Also keep in mind different types of storage, such as hooks for coats, open racks or baskets for shoes and closed storage for items you don’t need to access every day, like cleaning supplies. “Have a separate space in mind for everything,” Allie says. This includes items you don’t want to float around the house, such as car keys, mail, dog leashes and sports bags. If you have a dedicated space for each of these everyday items, it will make it that much easier to keep your mudroom organized and functional.

Mudroom Makeover for farmhouse style
According to Scott North, director of project development at Case Architects & Remodelers, most homeowners wanting mudrooms have large families. “Mudrooms are all about function, and functionality is specific to you and your family’s needs,” Scott says. For this mudroom, closed storage hides overflow sports equipment, as well as tile flooring for durability. [PHOTOGRAPH BY STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG]

Tip: Have a pet? Add an extra hook for a leash and a basket for toys. You could even add a pet shower to rinse down your dog after a muddy or sandy play session outside.


No Mudroom? No Problem

Not everyone has a separate mudroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize the same design ideas in your home. Here are 5 ways to add function to your home without a mudroom.

Mudroom is one of the best aspects of design that fit farmhouse style.
The beautiful wood-tone cabinetry in this mudroom was custom by Aidan Design. Designer Josh Hildreth from Josh Hildreth Interiors dedicated space for cutting and arranging fresh flowers from the garden, as desired by the homeowners. Mudroom function can help you complete whatever tasks you need to in this space. [PHOTO BY KIP DAWKINS]
1. Kitchen storage

If you find that mudroom items like mail and car keys end up in the kitchen, consider devoting several cabinets or drawers into dedicated storage for the items that need a specific home.

2. Convert a closet

If you have a closet near your garage or front door, turn it into a makeshift mudroom with a bench, hooks for coats and shelves for other 
essential items.

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Mudroom Makeover for farmhouse style
[PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS MILLS]
3. Use the laundry room

 Reconfigure your laundry room to act as a mudroom too. Bring in some organizing cubes and add a charging station for phones and tablets.

4. Garage focus

 The area just inside your garage can also be a good mudroom space. Repurpose old lockers or crates for your outerwear and hang a row of hooks for backpacks and laptop bags.

Mudroom Makeover for farmhouse style
Durability is another essential for mudrooms, as they get a lot of foot traffic. This mudroom design made the flooring a focus with fun black and white hexagonal tile. “The interior designer, Elizabeth Spratt Cooper at Art Design Partners, smartly picked a fun and beautiful floor tile and nickel gap wall covering,” says architect Mark Kaufman of GTM Architects. “Both materials are very durable and beautiful.” [PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS MILLS]
5. Wardrobe function

 Purchase a closed wardrobe you can use to store your essentials as an inexpensive, space-saving mudroom alternative.


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