Mudrooms are a great multipurpose space that can be uniquely designed to fit any need. The square footage you have to dedicate to a planned mudroom will affect what can and cannot be included in the design plan. There are so many different design plans for mudrooms that it could be hard to choose what you ultimately want within the space. The easiest way to overcome that is to make a list of what you need in a mudroom and go from there.
Having a mudroom in the right location can make or break the space. You want it to be easy to get to so it becomes easier to maintain. Placing a mudroom by the front door, back door, or garage door is a great way to ensure that shoes, bags, and whatever else you carry has a proper place without being dragged through the house.
The best place for a mudroom is near whatever door you and your family use the most. If everyone comes through the garage door and moves into the home, then that is the perfect place for a mudroom. Remember that a mudroom can be decorated, but it will probably get dirty. So choose materials that can stand up to constant wear and tear.
Many modern mudrooms have started to include washers and dryers in the same space. For mudrooms located at the back of a house or connecting the main home and the garage, including laundry is a great use of space. Not only can you create organized storage for all items, but it’s a place to clean things right when you walk in the door.
The inclusion of an additional sink in the space will also help get out stains from clothing or wash up after a day gardening or working out in the yard. It will keep you from tracking mud and grass throughout the rest of the home while providing you with additional means of cleaning because your laundry is right there.
In a small space, it’s important that everything serves a purpose and doesn’t take up useful space. Creating seating or cabinetry that have multiple functions will create a more organized space. You can create a seating bench with additional storage beneath it or cubbies for various items. Anything that allows you to do more than one thing with it is a great use of space. It might also help you fit more into a smaller space but still make the room feel open.
As mentioned previously, items that hold various purposes are always welcome because they give you more options. Hidden storage is something everyone can agree is a great option in a small space. If you have a lot of stuff but don’t want people seeing it, hiding it away is a fantastic option. Not only does it hide the chaos, but you have the potential to minimize the mess by organizing items in the hidden spaces. A bench with seating is a great example of hidden storage. The bench itself holds a separate function for putting on or removing shoes and then under the seat could be storage for boots or blankets. Even cabinetry is a great way to hide items while still maintaining an organized room.
Upcycling and refurbishing
Recycling decorative pieces and furniture is a new trend that continues to grow. People are taking dressers and breathing new life into them with some new paint, hardware, and even reconfiguring. You can take old finds and create fun pieces for your room. Taking old crates and placing them on the wall with new paint gives you a fun storage or decorative area that cost you hardly anything.
The great thing about refurbishing existing materials is that it can save you money, and anyone on a budget can appreciate that. Recycling isn’t just about furniture. You can reuse old flooring or reclaimed wood for a floor or wall design that is unique and won’t cost an arm and a leg.