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7 Storage Solutions for the Mudroom-less

Easy add-ons for those without this catchall room

Carving Out Storage Where There Is None

Making do in tight quarters is nothing new to This Old House readers: Many house plans skip a mudroom. But finding a place to put all your outerwear is no impossible feat. Here, we drew inspiration from interior designers and builders on storing your things out in the open—or behind closed furniture-cabinet doors—for creating an organized space.

Add a Dutiful Storage Cabinet

Photo by Courtesy of Mark English Architects

A charming, multitasking piece of furniture corrals miscellaneous gear in an entryway designed by Mark English Architects.

Transform a plain chest of drawers into a coveted catchall by copying one of our five paint transformations for a flat-pack dresser.

Build a Tiny Bench in a Tight Corner

Photo by Courtesy of Tim Cuppett Architects

A simple build turns a tight corner into a well-used drop zone for items like keys, hats, and more in a thoughtful period remodel from Tim Cuppett Architects.

Create a seating area with our steps for building an entry bench with pipe fittings.

Top Wainscoting with Handsome Wall Hooks

Photo by Courtesy of Anchor Builders

Sizable hooks play up rustic accents and provide a sturdy place to hang hefty items in a corner built by Anchor Builders.

See how wall hooks work in a family's catchall foyer remodel.

Catch Shoe Grime in a River-Rock-Lined Tray

Photo by Courtesy of Jennifer Grey Interiors

A lipped tray lined with river rocks safeguards the floor of a Jennifer Grey Interiors-designed living room from dirty shoes.

For drying out wet Wellies, build a colorful boot stand.

Install a Floating Shelf for Catching Miscellaneous Items

Photo by Copyright 2011 Deakins Design Group

Blink and you'll miss this handy little surface situated in a cheery loft corner designed by Deakins Design Group.

Find more genius ways to hide your stuff in plain sight with sneaky storage hacks.

Keep a Stool Handy

Photo by Courtesy of Angela Free Design

A solo stool pulls double duty as a perch for pulling on shoes and a surface for dropping a shopping bag in this Angela Free Design entryway.

If a rustic wood stool isn't your style, opt for a colorful ceramic garden stool instead.

Use a Side Table and Chair as a "Drop Zone"

Photo by Courtesy of Lauren Leonard Interiors

An upholstered side chair and a shapely side table designed by Lauren Leonard Interiors give reason—and a convenient place—for pause.

Create your own "drop zone" that's big on character by building a three-tiered side table and making over a plain chair with painted stripes.

Invest in an Umbrella Stand

Photo by Courtesy of Patrik Rytikangas/ Scott Sanders LLC

This Cottage-style space from Scott Sanders LLC makes the case for including an umbrella stand in your multipurpose entry.

Avoid inclement-weather drips by building a tub-foot umbrella stand.