A mudroom, for those that don’t know, is a separate entry area into your home. It acts like a divider between your home and outside. This is where you can take off your shoes and boots, so that they never have to enter into your home. Mudrooms keep debris and clutter from your living area. Sometimes, people think of them as just a place to pass through, but other store their coats, hats, bags, umbrellas, rain boots and other things in their mudrooms. Mudrooms are incredibly functional, if done right. They don’t get the attention they deserve even though they can be a vital part of a clean, tidy home. Here are some tips for creating the perfect mudroom.
Make sure the flooring that you choose can stand up to the elements. In Indiana, your flooring will need to be able to withstand water from melted snow and rain boots, not just dirt and debris. Choose a waterproof flooring like a luxury vinyl plank, solid tile, or strong vinyl. You can always choose a decorative rug, but make sure that it’s washable. It will see a lot of traffic.
Even if you provide a bench or chair for removing shoes, some people may still lean against the wall to remove their shoes, so be sure that and paint on the wall is able to withstand washings. Some people incorporate a sturdy support railing along one side of the wall to support people who are less steady on their feet to hold onto while removing shoes or clothing.
Decluttering is a Constant Effort
If you make sure to include organized storage space, you won’t have to declutter as frequently. Some families choose a storage area that is separated by family members, others by item. You might have a coat closet and a shoe rack that everyone uses. You might have individual lockers. You might have a lovely chest of drawers in which each family member has a drawer or gloves and hats go in one drawer, while out of season items go in another. While you’re at it, do you need a place for shopping bags? What about sports equipment. Be sure to think of everything you will want to store in the mudroom and then design a place for those items. You can even use vertical space. High shelves can house things like ball caps, coy boy hats, motorcycle helmets and other helmets that are only use occasionally. Usually, people will end up leaving sweaters, book bags and other items around the room. Decide if you want these items to be stored in their own bedrooms or if you want to not bother with that fight and create a designated space for it.
Decorating Your Mudroom
First you need to decide if you want your mudroom to be a formal area that guests enter through or if it’s just for the family. If it’s an area that guests enter through, you might not want to hang purses or keys in your mudroom. The important thing is to keep your mudroom functional. As with any room, you’ll want to come up with a design concept. Do you want an elegant entryway or a rustic look? Maybe you will want to choose a contemporary look. It should still flow with the rest of your home, but must also be functional. So, never forgo practicality for pure aesthetics. Mudrooms with plants and flowers might involve a little more maintenance, but they improve the aesthetics drastically.
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