Let’s talk about the mudroom. It’s the one room in your home that collects all the things you and your family bring in from the outside world. Yes, I do mean all the things – from backpacks, tote bags, and sneakers for every day to boots, parkas, and mittens for a day of winter fun. Today, I’m sharing 3 must-have features for your mudroom that allow you to contain the chaos from the outside world while looking welcoming when you walk through the door.
- Functional, Durable Mudroom Flooring
First and foremost, you need flooring that is going to withstand daily wear and tear from lots for footsteps, dirt, melting snow – you name it! Some great options include tile with a darker grout (white isn’t a realistic choice!) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP). I also like adding an indoor-outdoor rug that can help trap any loose debris from shoes before it makes its way into your home.
- Mudroom Storage & Organization
The next crucial component to any mudroom is proper storage. After all, where is all that stuff going to go? The key with any storage or organization system is that it must work for all members of your family – especially the kiddos! Coat hooks need to be easily accessible for them to hang backpacks and jackets. Baskets and bins are also an easy choice for them to simply throw mittens, hats, and other odds and ends into without having to be totally precise. Be open to trying different storage options to see what will work best for your family.
- Strategically Placed Seating
In addition, you need a comfortable place to sit so it’s easy to put on/take off shoes. Ideally, this landing spot needs to be as close as possible to the front door to minimize any mess coming in. It’s also important to factor in shoe storage near your seating – whether it’s a boot tray to collect excess snow in the winter or baskets underneath a bench to store sneakers.
Here’s a final thought when it comes to mudroom design. After factoring in the more functional elements like storage and seating, don’t forget to have a little fun by adding pieces that reflect your personality. From adding unique hooks to a handcrafted welcome sign, these small touches will help welcome guests and look beautiful!
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Until next time,