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.
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.
- 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.