Over the past several weeks, I have been approached by several new and existing clients asking to redo their mudrooms. Spring cleaning must be in the air!
You are truly lucky if you have the space in your home for a mudroom. It’s the one area in your home where everyone in your family can be a mess, from kids to dogs to even husbands! But outfitting your mudroom and making it fit your needs is key, and no two mudrooms need to be the same. It’s all about what space you have to work with and designing for your everyday needs.
Let’s take a look at some of the essentials for a mudroom.
First and foremost, you don’t need a big space to organize your clutter. All you need is a place to drop your keys and bag and store your shoes in a (somewhat!) orderly fashion. Hopefully, you have a front hall closet to hang your coats, so all you really need to purchase is a console table, some hooks, and great baskets.
But if you want to showcase all your coats, go right ahead!
If you have a large enough foyer, try building in a console table with some areas for storage. I love how the foyer table below also acts as a bench.
Living in Chicago with limited space, many of my clients want their clutter hidden away. It used to be all about benches with open cubbies that they would then decorate with baskets. Times are changing, and it seems that everyone wants their clutter hidden away behind closed doors. One recent client did not have room for a dedicate mudroom, so we took a wall of their family room and created something that looked like the opposite of a mudroom.
Can’t find the mudroom cabinetry?!? Look at the cabinets on the left side of the room!
Another great photo of how they hid their mudroom clutter…
For you are truly lucky and have space for an actual mudroom, go all out! Install a bench, use flooring that can get beat up. Make it a dream room!
I hope that this gives you inspiration for creating your own mudroom. And again, you really don’t need a whole lot of space for one. Just somewhere to hang coats, drop keys, and hide a few items in a basket.
It’s Ellen Platt, Ali’s mom. Your designs are AMAZING!!!!! I love your style–fabulous.
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