Monday, April 13, 2015

5 Clever Ideas for your Mudroom

The one thing I miss from my former home was our large mudroom off the garage. It was the perfect landing spot for muddy shoes, backpacks, coats and boots. Not only are mudrooms great for keeping the dirt relegated to one spot (hence the name "mudroom") but it is a great opportunity to add storage for those extra paper towel rolls and cleaning supplies.

Want to up the function of your mudroom? Give some of these ideas a try.

1.  Add space to hang coats and backpacks. You don't need a large mudroom to create a space for coats and bags. This room shows that even small spaces can be converted into well organized rooms.


Rusted Treasure: Mud Rooms for Small Spaces
via Rusted Treasure

2. If you have a crazy schedule like mine, finding a large enough space to display your family calendar, birthday invitations and notes from school is a challenge. Turn a wall into a real command center by mounting a galvanized metal sheet to the wall. Trim it out for a finished look.

Using galvanized steel sheet instead of magnetic paint for a magnetic wall.   Different look that works if you like the metallic look. Also can be used as dry erase board.
via 4 Men 1 Lady

3. If your mudroom is also your laundry room then add touches to make your job more enjoyable. Add a statement light fixture, install cabinets for more storage and put your front loading washer/dryer on a platform to save your back. Alternatively, leave your front loaders on the ground and add a counter to the top for a great space to fold all that laundry.

Laundry room Laundry room #Laundry room <laundry room>
via Homebunch

4. Install a durable floor. Keep your mudroom (and the rest of your home looking great) by installing a hardworking durable floor for your mudroom. Choose ceramic or porcelain tile that is easy to clean and scratch resistant. Dark colored floors work well in concealing the dirt.

Mudroom with lots of storage! #mudroom These benches/drawers would work for us w/o moving heating vents.
via Homebunch

5. If you have a pet, or really messy kids, why not install a pet washing station? It is the perfect spot for cleaning off those muddy paws or cleats.

Mudroom + wash station The best plan when building a new house, for anyone who has or plans on having big dogs... Dream space :)
via Live Simply by Annie

Happy decorating!

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