Our 10 Favorite Mudroom Ideas & Storage Tips

Our 10 Favorite Mudroom Ideas & Storage Tips

How many of us grew up in homes where mudrooms were those unorganized, “keep the door closed’ spaces where muddy shoes, coats, bookbags, maybe even an ironing board, took on a life of their own? Not today my friend. Today’s mudrooms are neat, orderly showcases where everything has its own place. If your family mudroom could use a little more drop-off organization, not to mention good looks that blend into your home’s décor, count on Kowalske Kitchen & Bath to create a leave-the-door-open space you’ll be proud to hang your hat on!

Here are 10 ideas that turn your mudroom into a showroom!

1. Heated Floors in the Mudroom

Imagine coming inside on a cold, rainy or snowy day with shoes (and possibly even socks) that are wet or damp. Ugh. Now imagine kicking off your footwear and stepping onto the comforting warmth of a heated floor. Your chilled toes and feet never felt so good! And guess what? It’s not even that expensive to do. In fact, radiant floor heating is actually energy efficient. That’s because it heats the entire floor and creates an evenly heated room for an even, ambient temperature. Now that’s a mudroom-changing idea you can really warm up to!

2. Mudroom Bench with Storage Under It

Is your mudroom the family drop-off zone? A pile of shoes dropped off here and a stack of gloves dropped off there. Maybe it’s time to add a mudroom bench with storage underneath. These hidden places are a great way to organize those stacks and piles and keep them out of sight. Plus, as an added benefit, if you’ve ever tried to put on and tie shoes while you’re standing, the bench itself offers up a place to sit and comfortably — and easily — put on your shoes without falling over.

3. Durable Materials in the Mudroom

By definition alone, mudrooms are messy. We mean, it even contains the word “mud.” That’s why you should take a new eye to the room and update it with materials that are durable and easy to keep clean. Consider laminate flooring. Upgrade surfaces that can be washed and vacuumed easily. Use durable hooks, baskets, and hardware. This room may take a beating, but Kowalske Kitchen & Bath knows how to make it look beautiful with materials meant to last a lifetime.

4. Hooks & Shelves in the Mudroom

Here’s another simple, cost-effective way to keep your mudroom looking neat and tidy: add a few helpful hooks and shelves. Hanging a coat on a hook is infinitely easier than trying to cram it into an already crowded closet, or, like many-a-children we know, dropping it on the floor. Similarly, well-placed shelves help keep clutter off the floor where it can be tripped over. Almost instantly, your mudroom can become a neat-as-a-pin functioning part of your home.

5. Bins in the Mudroom

Storage bins can be another quick and easy way to keep things organized — and we don’t mean those big blue totes holding the Christmas decorations in the basement. Wicker, woven fabric or decorative wooden baskets and bins add a decorative accent to any room. Then just assign each member of the family with their own specific bin. That way they know where to put their things … and where their things are when they go searching for them on their way out the door.

6. Mudroom with Combined Laundry Room

Let your mudroom serve double duty as a laundry room as well. If you’re coming in from a snowy day, just throw those wet coats, hats and gloves into the dryer for a quick warm-up. Or if it’s muddy gardening or outdoor chores you’ve been tackling, what’s easier than throwing those dirty clothes right into the washer without traipsing through the rest of the house. Now that’s called two birds with one clean, organized stone!

7. Mudroom with Shoe Storage

Everyone here at Kowalske Kitchen & Bath agreed: one thing our collective moms disliked — a lot — was a mountain of shoes plopped right inside the door. They were also none-to-pleased with all the “Mom! Have you seen my shoes?” cries as we rushed to get out the door. A sleekly-designed shoe-storage system can transform your mudroom into an uncluttered drop-off point where everyone can put — and find — their shoes.

8. Cabinets & Drawers in a Mudroom

Here’s another easy storage solution that we borrowed from another room in the house. Just as cabinets, closets and drawers keep our clothes neat and organized in the bedroom, so too can cabinets smartly keep all our mudroom items in order. Living in Wisconsin means we have lots of winter gear such as hats, gloves and scarves. We’ve even seen homeowners store summer items in their mudroom cabinets including sunglasses, baseball caps, sunscreen, beach towels and more.

9. No Mudroom, But Have a Wall for Hanging Items

We know that not every house is built with a mudroom. But that doesn’t mean the walls in your entryway can’t serve double duty. A few strategically placed hooks, baskets and shelves are a decorative way to welcome everyone home while keeping things neat, organized and, most importantly, off the floor.

10.  Closet Instead of Mudroom

Is there a closet just inside your entryway? It’s a perfect drop-off place, especially if you don’t have an official mudroom. For example, you could replace the rod for hanging coats with hooks hung on the inside walls. No more squishing coats in an already tight place. Plus, it frees up the interior of the closet so you can use it to set up shelves or decorative bins for instant, extra storage.

Get Started on Your Mudroom Project

These are just a few ideas to turn your “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” space into a beautiful, functional, neatly-organized mudroom in your home. And the remodeling experts at Kowalske Kitchen & Bath have hundreds more! Give us a call today and let us discuss your style, needs and budget to create the right solutions to complement your space and lifestyle.

Our experienced team will prepare a 3D design to help you visualize your new mudroom. Once you give the thumbs up for your room’s new look, Kowalske Kitchen & Bath will manage the material selection and coordinate the entire project. Enjoy a hassle-free mudroom update or remodel with the talented team at Kowalske Kitchen & Bath. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

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