April Showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Everybody wants to talk about the flowers. Blah, blah, flowers, but what about mud puddles? As any mother of small children will attest, April Showers also yield mud puddles of the size and variety to prove irresistible to any small child. What is it with kids and puddles? The thing about mud puddles is they don’t always stay outside where they belong. Even though he’s worn the matching rain slicker and rain boots, somehow my son manages to bring his mud puddles inside. Imagine a space in your home, a landing ground for all things messy and muddy. We love mudrooms! These multi-purpose hard-working spaces are located at the “family entrance” of the home usually off of the garage and are a storage solution for “wet weather” gear, among other things. Here are some inspirational mudroom ideas for your home.
Often the mudroom is a combination of spaces such as the entryway and the laundry room. Entryways should be functional with plenty of storage for coats, hats, shoes and bags. In addition to function, don’t forget aesthetics. An entryway should be beautiful as this is first view into your home.
Here this mudroom off the patio brings the outdoors in with natural stone flooring and carriage style lighting. The individual booths have seating for removing boots and shoes.
A mud sink is a very useful feature in a mudroom. It can be used for cleaning especially dirty things that you would not want to clean in your expensive kitchen sink. Mud sinks are usually deeper than the common kitchen sink so they make a useful place to bathe a small pet, wash the mud off of tools, clean paint brushes, etc.
Functional mudrooms combine a mix of open and closed storage with plenty of air circulation so that wet things can dry out. Open cubbies for each family member with hooks eliminate clutter and make it easier to get the busy family on the go out the door efficiently.
Use hooks for hanging coats, umbrellas and backpacks. Use baskets or storage bins for smaller items such as hats, scarves, and gloves.
Stop dirt at the door. Keep a rough mat outside the door for wiping wet and muddy feet. A mud tray is a necessity for storing rain boots. Your floors will thank you. Speaking of flooring, tile is perfect for the mudroom for it’s durability and waterproofing and it’s ease in cleaning. Indoor/outdoor area rugs make a durable and stylish statement in the mudroom.
If you are space challenged even a small nook can be made into a work-able mudroom. Here the homeowners added a built in with storage to use as a mudroom. This “family landing zone” provides storage for coats, hats, boots, pet leashes, keys and backpacks.
We think the mudroom is one of the most popular features in new home construction today. If you are building a new home or renovating an existing one consider adding a mudroom. Here are plans for a locker style built in for those of you DIY’ers. Stop by our Pinterest board for more great mudroom ideas.
~Beautiful Home Ideas