Thinking about giving your mudroom a little upgrade? As far as we’re concerned, mudrooms should never be an afterthought. Believe it or not, a functional mudroom can make a huge difference when it comes to the efficiency and organization of your entire family. With an organized, carefully thought out mudroom, you’ll find that leaving the house every morning becomes a whole lot easier — and who wouldn’t want that, especially during back-to-school month!
By nature, mudrooms tend to be pretty small in terms of square footage. Nevertheless with proper planning it’s very possible to fit in plenty of storage by getting a little creative. If you want your mudroom to properly function for you and your family, you’ll want to keep a dedicated space for your outerwear and other outdoor items in this room; where they can be stowed away until you’re ready to leave.
In order to maximize space, custom-built cupboards and drawers are going to be your very best friend! Cupboards and drawers allow you to tuck away clotheslines and outerwear and organizers or dividers for hats, scarves, and gloves. Hooks are also a functional and necessary addition to your mudroom built-ins! These are great for guests coats… or grab-n-go items like school bags. Finally, be sure to include a boot tray for the family’s snowy or muddy outdoor shoes.
A necessary, and often forgotten, detail! Be sure to leave a space where you can sit down and get yourself organized every morning. No one wants to be hopping around their mudroom, frantically trying to get their boots on!
We love incorporating benches into our mudroom designs. Not only are they functional, but the bench cushion allows you to play with fun patterns and colour!
Keep Cleaning in Mind
Because the mudroom is where your family will ditch all of their outerwear when they come back home, it’s bound to get a little dirty — especially in the winter! Be sure to add in a few things to keep the space clean, such as a doormat, a boot scraper, and even a sink for muddy boots... or muddy children!
While you should feel free to decorate the space in your own personal style, don’t forget to add a few essential pieces of decor to add to the functionality of the space. Firstly, a full-length mirror will give you the opportunity to take that one final glance at your appearance before heading out the door. Secondly, a clock will help you and the family to keep track of time as you prepare to leave the house — hopefully, this means no more hurried school runs!
Finally, stock the mudroom up with all of your belongings! In addition to your outdoor clothes and accessories, stock up with other miscellaneous items you might want to grab as you leave the house. For instance, an umbrella stand in case of unexpected showers. You should also consider a “just in case” box, filled with items like batteries, flashlights, car scrapers, coat de-pillers… you know, all the essentials for life’s little emergencies!
The mudroom can totally transform your family’s organization and timeliness. If you’re redesigning this small, but mighty, space be sure to put practicality and storage first — you’ll be amazed by how much easier it is to get out of the door in the morning!