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Entryways & Mudrooms

Maximize your mudroom with DIY projects, layout ideas, and storage solutions to bring order to your entryway.

How to Build a Boot Cleaning Station

You can build this handy boot station with just a few essential tools and some lumber. Park it right outside your door, so you can effortlessly scrape off any muck and snow on your shoes all fall and winter. This simple DIY project only takes an hour to complete, plus no more tracking dirt into the house. Win-win!

S21 E6, Nathan Gilbert installs an awning

How to Install an Awning

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner protect themselves from rain and snow by installing an awning over the entry door to their brand-new kitchen.

How to Build a Simple Mudroom Bench

In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating.

6 Tips on Shopping for Beadboard

Nothing adds character to a room faster than beadboard. Here's how to choose the right material for your space.

All About Wainscoting

Dress up your plain-Jane walls with stylish trim that also guards against scuffs and scratches. This Old House helps you get the look you want at a price you can afford.

6 Helpful Storage Ideas for Your Mudroom

To tackle your organization and storage needs, read this guide for ideas that will help you make the most of your mudroom.

Wood Entry Doors: Cost, Safety, and Buying Tips

We help you select and care for a front door that's right for your home's style—and your budget.

How to Replace a Door Threshold

How to put your exterior entryway back on solid footing.

3-Room Remodels That Transform the Home

Exploring three beautiful room remodels to show you how far your budget, style, and DIY skills can go to transform a space, with This Old House DIY Expert & House One’s Jenn Largesse.


How to Build a Boot Stand

Tidy up and protect your floors with this boot stand made from balusters

All About Entryways & Mudrooms

Mudrooms serve as spaces where the home’s residents can shrug off their backpacks and remove their messy footwear before entering other parts of the home. Why else do they matter? Read on to learn more.


How to Install a Wall Niche

Plug in some instant old-world charm with a premolded polyurethane insert, scrap lumber, and a few basic tools

Doormat Roundup | Refresh Your Entry

Swapping in a new doormat is one simple way to extend a warmer welcome. Mats made with durable, sustainable coir—derived from coconut husks—are great at removing dirt and debris from shoes; these designs have the bonus of matching classic American house styles

Modern Entryway for $514

A DIY accent wall with an abstract geometric pattern gives a young couple’s foyer the focal point it needs

Behind the Scenes: Jamestown mudroom

A narrow corridor is pressed into service at the Net-Zero house

Mudroom Area for $388

A handsome DIY bench seat flanked by storage cabinets creates a stylish drop spot for a busy family

An Organized Mudroom Is the Best Home Upgrade for Back-to-School Season

Create a well-planned drop spot to reduce clutter in living spaces

Laundry Room - Potting Room Combination

These work spaces have a lot in common. Gardeners can make the most of a single room with a few tweaks

Paint a Graphic Pattern on Your Floor

Use an oversize geometric pattern to give a traditional entry a lively boost


Idea House 2017 | Multi-Tasking Mudroom/Laundry

See how the combination laundry, mudroom and pet-washing station at the TOH 2017 Idea House perfectly combines efficiency and style.

4 Small Upgrades That'll Clean Your House for You

Yep, you read that correctly. Make these changes at your entry to stop dirt from ever entering your home in the first place

Before and After: Mudroom Chaos Controlled

A high-energy family creates an orderly flight path for kids, dogs, and friends who come and go via the back door. Here's a look at the "Before" photo

Mudroom Makeover for $95

A custom-built bench and plenty of hooks squeeze every bit of storage out of a tight space


How to Make a Concrete Umbrella Stand

This warmed-up, splashy storage project from our #DIYDARE challenge will have you smiling in the rain

35 Stylish Ideas for Mudrooms and Drop Zones

From bare-bones to built-out, see our mudroom storage ideas for creating a stylish spot for coats, shoes, bags—and more—right where you need it most

9 Smart Mudroom Ideas

Simple mudroom designs for the whole family to store—and easily reach—outerwear essentials.

Cozy Cottage Entry for $177

Board-and-batten wainscot and carefully placed hardware give a fresh new look—and purpose—to a formerly nondescript space

How to Build a Wall Cubby Shelf

This wall-mount catchall helps keep a busy entryway tidy

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

Learn the house organization ideas experts use to keep their homes in order

Create an Entry Bench With Pipe Fittings

Make a simple, sturdy seat with industrial beauty


How to Install a Fiberglass Entry Door

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to upgrade an entryway with a brand-new, low-maintenance, energy-efficient door

Entryway Benches

Whether you have a full-on mudroom or want to dedicate a section of wall to act as one, a seat with storage is a by-the-door essential