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With the kids back in school and winter weather on the way, it’s time to think about the mudroom. When your family comes in the back door from school, a long day at work or playing in the snow, you’ll want a warm and welcoming entrance that doesn’t fall prey to clutter. Whether it’s a transitional hallway or a small utility room, it doesn’t have to be a dark and gloomy catchall for your winter gear. Choose some warm colors, decorate your walls and provide much-needed storage space.

mudroom coat storage

Coats and Shoes

  • Create convenience with hooks for coats and scarves.
  • Built-in cubbyholes or wire bins for gloves, hats, mittens and earmuffs make them easy to deposit and quick to find for next time.
  • Provide padded bench seating to slip off boots and shoes, then stow them on a low shelf nearby to let them dry out.
  • Add an umbrella stand and some extra hooks for stowing school backpacks and sports gear.


  • Make your mudroom a welcoming place with ample lighting over seating areas.
  • Move the light switch to an easy-to-reach spot with a sleek switch plate that’s easy to keep clean, and put in a second switch at the opposite entryway for convenience.
  • A wall mirror creates a functional, brighter lighting effect.


  • Choose flooring that’s durable and easy to care for, like tile or stained concrete.
  • Provide a floor mat or area carpet to maximize foot comfort and minimize the mess.

Energy Efficiency

  • If cold air escapes into the rest of the house every time you come in, add a door.
  • Replace drafty windows with modern, energy-efficient windows.

Now is the perfect time to turn your mud room into a functional and inviting space. Browse our photo galleries for more design inspiration.

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