December 1, 2023

Older homes often had an entry from the garage that opened directly into the living or kitchen areas. It was easy to get dirt inside and it was hard to keep entrances clean of wet raincoats and dirt. The few homes with mudrooms did not have much. There were only a couple hooks to hang coats, and very little else.

Modern mudrooms are much more useful. A well-designed mudroom is one of the most valuable rooms in a house. Here’s a list of all the uses this room has, whether you are looking for a standard design or a customized home design.

Coat hooks, shelves, and laundry space are the essentials. But, adding storage, laundry, craft areas, and a sink to your mudroom can make it the most useful space in your house.

Mud Room Basics

A mudroom is first and foremost a place where you can confine the mess that your children, pets, and yourself bring in from the outdoors (the mud). The purpose of a mudroom is to allow you to remove muddy shoes, overcoats, and overalls from your feet and dry them. A place to hang wet coats for drying and a towel to dry your beloved scoundrel (of the two-legged or four-legged variety) is essential. A shoe storage bench and coat hooks are useful for organizing frequently used outdoor gear. To store dog towels or hats, you could place shelves above the coat hooks.

A separate closet will allow you to store your jackets, umbrellas, and other bulky outdoor gear. A mudroom closet is a better option than under-bed storage or a hall closet. It also makes it easier to store winter or garage gear. The mudroom is usually located near the kitchen so you could use the additional closet space to store linens or tablecloths.

You’ll love a kick-plate or extendable hose if you have a central vacuum. You will make it much easier for people to clean up afterward, and your mudroom will be cleaner.

A utility sink and counter space are ideal for hand washing and cleaning. Garage enthusiasts will appreciate the space available for hand washing and engine cleaning. Outdoorsy types can use the utility sink to clean their hiking boots. The garage is easily accessible, making it a great place to store water and do DIY projects.

You can also add a laundry room if you have the space and the budget. To store laundry supplies and a counter to fold clothes, you can add shelves or cabinets. This will create a central, clean space that is easy to clean for your weekly laundry loads.

When form and function work together, they are the best

It doesn’t have to be ugly. Your mudroom can be used for all the above and still look clean and tidy. This is an important entry point into your home. You don’t want to stress about it. Your home should be relaxing after a stressful day. Do you really want to see piles of dirty laundry and shoes all over the floor?

You can organize everything in your mudroom to keep it looking beautiful. You can use creative solutions such as built-in hampers under the counter to store dirty laundry and benches with cabinets to put away shoes and boots. There are also separate areas for coat storage and wet clothes storage. It’s easier to place something where it belongs than to dump it. Also, it makes it easy to clean up afterward.

We recommend you not to skimp on this room, whether you are looking for a home design that is standard or custom. A functional mudroom will make your life easier and more enjoyable.

This article was written by Jordan Legault, Jordan is the owner of The French Refinery. Founded in 2015, quickly built a name and reputation for high-end cabinetry with quality craftsmanship and attention to fine detail. We strive every day to provide the utmost in customer service because our customers deserve the best we can provide. We have built a hand-picked team of talented craftsmen with over 100 years of combined experience. Custom cabinetry is our craft, we love what we do, and we make it show through in the work we provide on a daily basis.