Spring, Winter, Fall or Summer, a mudroom is a must for most families. You might have kids that like to ride motorcycles, play football or just like to get dirty. Maybe you garden, your job is a bit messy or you just like to get a little mud on the tires. A mudroom is a good decision regardless of needs, but it requires some planning for the present and future. Here are a few basics that will help you get the wheels turning.
- Cubbies – Open cubbies might sound like something your child have at school to place their belongings, but it is also great for your mudroom. It is best to have separate areas for each person in your home and maybe an extra for guests.
- Shelves – Inside your cubby area you might incorporate a few small shelves for gloves, shoes or oddball items that might get lost in the larger storage areas.
- Cabinets – Sometimes you have enough room for full cubbies and cabinets, but often you must pick between the two or plan for some space above the cubbies to have cabinet doors or lockers. Think of all the seasons and how your space could be best used and where items can be stored in the off season.
- Bench – Whatever you do, make sure you have a bench or place for sitting and try to utilize all the space by allowing for footwear under or inside your bench or seats.
- Hooks – You can never have enough places to hang coats, jackets, umbrella, hats, helmets purses, and all kinds of bags. Don’t forget to place a few low enough for the little ones to reach, but plan for their growth.
- Closet – If you prefer full cubbies then a closet is likely a necessity to store outerwear that is out of season as well as cleaning supplies and other unsightly items.
- Wash Area – An over-sized sink is very useful to help clean up a little. At the very minimum a small sink recommended.
- Durable Floor – Whether it is linoleum, tile or concrete floors, it must be durable. Carefully consider your options and how it will tie into the rest of your home.
- Laundry – Most mudrooms and laundry rooms have logically moved closer to one another. You might incorporate your mudroom into your laundry area or have them right next to each other with a laundry chute. These decisions are best discussed with your builder or remodeler to help determine the best layout for your needs.
- Charging Station – Consider a designated area with electrical outlets for charging your electronics or yard equipment. There are a variety of outlet options, but ask your builder or electrician about outlets with USB ports and GFCI or surge protection.
- Airlock – If you are an outdoor adventurer you might consider your mudroom to be an airlock between the elements outside and the climate controlled interior. A door to separate your mudroom from the rest of your home can not only keep the hot and cold air from blowing through your home, but it also can act as a blind so your visitors can’t see your mess.
While you are contemplating all that needs to be in your mudroom, you also need to be thinking of your style. Whether it is rustic with repurposed wood or modern with easy to clean surfaces, it needs to be functional and efficient, but most of all a place to take a deep breath and hang your hat at the end of a hard day. Please share any of your ideas that you have implemented or plan to incorporate into your mudroom.