The mudroom is prized among homeowners for housing all kinds of gear, from coats and backpacks, to cleats and tennis rackets. It’s also the perfect place to handle messy chores like potting plants and painting small pieces of furniture. Perhaps most important, mudrooms help keep the dirt and germs that reside outside the house from getting inside the rest of your clean home.
If your mudroom is due for a remodel, or you are looking to add one in your home, consider these helpful tips:
- Focus on Floors
Start your mudroom renovation with what’s below your feet. You want your mudroom floors to be easy to clean and slip-resistant.
Linoleum is a good choice for mudroom flooring because it requires just basic upkeep and it naturally repels bacteria and dust. Vinyl flooring is another popular option because it’s nearly impervious to stains and water damage, and maintenance is a matter of sweeping it clean on a regular basis. You can pad either flooring option with a layer of cork for a softer floor.
- See Seating Possibilities
What’s the point of a mudroom if people don’t remove their shoes before entering your home? Giving people a convenient place to sit will encourage them to do just that. Many home goods or hardware stores carry small benches with shoe storage built right in. If you are a crafter you can buy unfinished pieces and paint and stencil the piece yourself to match your décor.
- Get On the Hook
Wall hooks were simply made for mudrooms. They are easier to install than cabinets and can hold anything from coats and backpacks to sports bags and laptop cases. Assign two or three hooks for each person in the family to keep things from piling up.
- Consider Cubbies
Cubbies are a perfect addition to mudrooms, especially when you have young ones at home. Hooks may be too high for them to reach, but a cubby is just their height, which will encourage them to put their things away where they belong. Cubbies are also a good option for storing shoes.
- Be Creative with Color
Most people may not think of painting their mudroom because they usually don’t spend too much time in there. On the other hand, mudrooms are usually small spaces, so using a bold color may just add that pop of color your home is looking for. In fact, maybe seeing happy yellow, tranquil green, or cool blue walls may set the right tone as you move through the space into your home.
- Look for a Laundry Solution
Mudrooms are usually conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen—which makes them perfect locations for your laundry set-up. Are you concerned that your mudroom isn’t large enough to accommodate a washer and a dryer? Consider purchasing a stackable washer-dryer units, which are perfect for small spaces.
- Enjoy Extra Refrigeration
Consider a second, full-sized refrigerator or even a compact fridge for the mudroom. An extra
refrigerator is perfect for canned and bottled beverages, and other food items that need long-term cold storage or freezing, but take up too much valuable real estate in the kitchen fridge. It’s also great to have that extra refrigeration for those times you host large gatherings.
Mudrooms serve different needs for different families, but they all share at least one common purpose—keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Follow the above tips to get the most out of your mudroom for years to come.
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