Houzz.com’s ideabook “The Handsome Mudroom” inspired this entry with beautiful images of mudrooms – who would have thought such a utilitarian space could be so attractive?!
While a mudroom can be as simple as a row of hooks in an entryway, an attractively designed and well-organized storage system will add to a home’s function and make a big impression.
Think of it as a dumping ground for all of the things that you don’t want cluttering your kitchen or living room, and make sure that it’s easy to drop things off there on the way in the door. While closed storage will hide a multitude of sins, a person is probably more likely to use open storage because it is instantly accessible.
Ideally, a well-designed mudroom should have open hook storage for hanging coats and bags, shelves or drawers for hats and gloves, space for dirty or wet shoes, and closed cabinets for additional items. Additionally, a built-in bench will make it even easier for someone to sit and take off their shoes.
I’m sure mud rooms are especially appealing to moms who constantly deal with hanging up coats and tucking away shoes and back packs. Labeling each cubby with a child’s name might encourage them to use their storage spot to stow away all of their stuff.
Mud rooms are usually relegated to the back entry of a home and thus aren’t usually given much design emphasis. But as the image to the right shows, mud rooms can be as fancy as the home owner wants (replete with living room level detailing, crystal pendants, and a library ladder!).