The snow was beautiful last weekend, covering the trees, road, everything! What was not beautiful, though, was the mess in my mud room! When we bought our house, we originally did not have a mud room. The back door opened right into the kitchen and there was no coat closet. Shoes, boots, coats and all outdoor accessories were scattered around the kitchen. It was one of the many reasons we wanted to update our house. When we did construction a few years later, we converted the first floor laundry room into a mud room. It is not a very large space, just enough to get four cubbies and a small closet for cleaning supplies. To this day, the only season that the mud room is actually functional is Summer! During Fall, Winter and Spring, we are overflowing with footwear, coats, umbrellas, Winter and sports gear!
To design the size and look of the cubbies, we researched many mud rooms in magazines, online and at our friends’ houses. With our limited space, we wanted maximum storage, ability to hide the mess and easy-to-clean surfaces. Here are some examples of mud rooms we liked:
- wider and deeper cubbies for the daily items
- a large closet for long coats and bulky outerwear, with boot storage along the floor
- An outlet in each cubby for each family member’s phone, etc.
- An area to hang dry the wet accessories and clothing
- A deeper bench to make it easier to pull off boots