How to Create a Mudroom from Scratch
Ah yes, the mudroom – that one area in our homes that is used for holding our backpacks, coats, shoes, and other miscellaneous things we may need for when we leave the house or come home. Mudrooms are booming in popularity and have pretty much become a staple in homes of today. Families are increasingly aware of their need for a place to get organized when they come home, and homebuilders are taking note of such needs when building and designing homes.
Despite this, there are still plenty of homes without a dedicated mudroom. Families end up leaving their keys, coats, and bags scattered throughout the house. This organization problem, as most designers and homebuilders would agree, stems from the lack of a dedicated hub, in this case a mudroom, to keep everything in.
However, not all hope is lost, for there is a way for families to incorporate a mudroom into their own homes, and all they need is some free space! It might not be a real mudroom, but it can come pretty close! Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can “fake” a mudroom:
Use a Closet
Believe it or not, a closet close to the home entrance of a home can be the perfect mudroom for a family. Once the door is removed and a bench and shelves are installed, the once closet is turned into a comfortable and inviting nook for getting organized.
Use Your Garage
Once you’ve made up your mind to clean up and organize that garage space, empty areas in your garage can be the perfect mudroom. Why? Many families park their car in the garage and naturally enter the house through there. Think about it: a bench with cushions to sit down and take off shoes, hooks and baskets on the walls to hang jackets and other accessories…part of your garage is just begging for you to make it into a mudroom.
Use a Hallway
If your home has a narrow hallway, it could also be a potential mudroom. Add a small bench with hooks above it on one side and something useful such as a whiteboard or a wall calendar on the other for a handy to-do list to look at while getting ready to leave!
Using a Corner of Your Home
If you have none of the aforementioned things in your home, you can simply use an empty corner in your house. Install a wooden board with some hooks for coats and bags, and add some boxes or cubbies underneath for a place to store shoes or sports equipment.
What are some other ways to turn a part of your home into a mudroom? Leave your answers in the comments section below.
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