Prized for organizing all manner of gear, from backpacks to tennis rackets, mudrooms also double as spaces for chores as diverse as doing laundry and potting plants. What’s more, they act as an intermediary between the dirt and germs that reside outside the house and the freshly swept and dusted surfaces inside.
To get the most out of your mudroom—whether you’re adding a new one or reworking the one you already have—carefully consider how you’ll use it and how much square footage you can realistically allocate for it. If you just need to stow a few coats and a laptop bag, a tidy row of hooks behind the entry door will suffice. For families with kids, more spacious digs decked out with shelves for stashing school supplies and sports equipment off a side or back door may be in order.
The finishing materials you choose and extras you add also play a role in how the mudroom looks and functions over the long haul. Its highly trafficked floors, for instance, should be easy to mop and able to take a beating. And seating, whether built-in or freestanding, should be sized for all members of the house, ensuring comfortable shoe changing for adults and children.
Follow along for mudroom options to suit various floor plans, plus smart ideas and features to help you maximize your drop-spot.