One thing my personal home lacks is a nice landing pad for my family to place our things from the day when we get home from work and school. A mud room is definitely on my wish list for my next home, if we ever find ourselves moving some day. A mud room is a space typically located off the kitchen or garage where the family can remove and store their shoes, backpacks and coats at the end of the day. Even if you don’t have such a space, you can possibly create your own in your foyer or hallway leading to your interior garage door.
There are several stores that sell functional pieces of furniture referred to as “hall trees” intended to help organize these areas of your home – or you can build your own to customize your needs. The “Bermuda” hall tree featured here is available for sale online via Joss & Main. You could also create a similar look using hooks installed on a board, which is then hung on the wall above a storage bench. A fun twist on this concept is to use items other than hooks to function as the hooks, such as an eclectic collection of antique door knobs.
The mud room featured here is from a staging project I worked on at the end of last year. This was a foreclosed home that was in need of serious renovation. The former laundry room off the garage featured a coat closet. I recommended that the investor have the general contractor demolish the closet and install built-in cubbies featured here. This renovation really opened up the space and is more functional than the previous design.
Whether a custom made look, a functional piece of furniture, or a bench and hooks, there are many options for homeowners to consider for organizing “end of the day clutter.” Spring is oftentimes a popular time of year for home-good stores to introduce new storage and organization lines, so venture on out and see what mudroom design will work in your home.