Your mudroom is an important space in your home. Not everyone has one, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, you know what a great addition it is. Your mudroom is the first point of entry to your home, and acts as storage for items you don’t want cluttering the rest of your space. For these reasons, mudrooms need to be functional, but they should also be beautiful, too. The best mudrooms mix utility and style, working hard for you and also inviting people into your home. Here are 7 ways to make your mudroom work hard for you!
1 Easy to Clean Flooring
When it comes to the flooring for your mudroom, make sure that you choose a material that’s easy to clean due to the high amount of traffic the room gets. Ceramic tile is a top option due to its durability, easy cleaning and low maintenance. Other good options are stone or sealed wood or concrete.
2. A Bench
A bench is a great addition to any mudroom, and serves a number of functions. First, it provides a spot for people to sit to take off and put on their shoes. It also offers a place for you to leave bags and purses when you enter your home. Plus, if you opt for a bench with storage underneath, you have a place to put items that don’t get used as much.
Mudroom cubbies are a great way to keep the room organized. Each family member can have a cubby to call their own, to hang their bags and coats. Personalized cubbies ensure your mudroom doesn’t get too messy or disorderly.
All mudrooms should have hooks to hang coats and bags! One of the main functions of a mudroom is to keep jackets and bags from being thrown over chairs and stair railings, so make sure there’s a place for them to hang in your mudroom. There are lots of stylish hooks to choose from these days, so you can match them to the design of the room!
5. Floor Mats
Even if you have good flooring in your mudroom, a floor mat will ensure the room stays even cleaner. Canadian weather is hard to predict, and we’re all too familiar with snow, rain and the mud that comes with it. Invest in a floor mat can handle lots of foot traffic, is easy to clean, and adds visual appeal to your mudroom!
6. Boxes and Baskets
Boxes and baskets are the best way to control clutter. If you have a mudroom with cubbies under your bench or overhead and want a way to conceal what’s in the cubbies, boxes and baskets will be your new best friends! You can use them to store anything from shoes to hats and gloves to seasonal gear.
7. Shoe/Dog Washing Station
If you live in an area that is prone to rainy, muddy days, or have a super outdoorsy family, you may want to consider adding a show washing station to your mudroom. A washing station is also awesome if you have a dog! When they get muddy outside, you can give them a quick wash to ensure they don’t drag dirt and mud through the rest of the home.
If you have a mudroom or are thinking of putting one in, use these ideas to make your mudroom work hard for you!