Design TipsApril 2, 2018

Faking a Functional Mudroom

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When I moved into my house we had no mudroom and a VERY tiny, tight entry with no coat closet.  All I could muster was a vintage coat rack behind the front door as a place to hang our coats and bags.  It was a bit of a mess.  We now have a mudroom, but it’s VERY small (albeit functional- with a wide coat closet with a shelf for baskets, hooks on the wall and….well, that’s about it!)  We still drop our mail and keys on the kitchen counter, which makes me a little crazy, but it is what it is!  You can only do so much.  Coming from where we started, we feel really lucky to have the mudroom we do!

But not all of us get the dreamy cubby-stacked, multi-closet mudroom of our dreams. In fact, few of us do!  One of you had commented a while ago about wanting to see a blog about how to create a mudroom type space when you don’t have one.  If you have a nice, empty hallway or wall in an area near the front or side door, you can create a really functional space without having to build in a thing.

Benches with storage drawers or baskets are a lifesaver in many rooms (I just added one under the windows in my new family room to store toys).  This one is GORGEOUS (also available in white) and you can even add a cushion to make it extra cozy, or just a pair of lumbar pillows.  I show the concept below with the large version, but you could also use the small one and use only two hooks if short on space!  Also, the organization pieces, as attractive for what they are, are more casual, so if you are looking for a slightly more formal style– I’d hang a mirror like this or this above the bench and flank with two hooks on each side of the mirror stacked vertically instead. Still offers lots of storage via the drawers and basket, but a bit more tailored of a look. Lidded baskets are the BEST for storing lots of little things like mittens, hats and scarves (or even small sports equipment.)  A small side table with a tiny lamp helps add ambiance and a place to drop your keys too.  And SHAMELESS PLUG for one of my rugs too, of course. :)

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I hope this was helpful. I’m always looking for more ideas for blog posts, so comment away with yours!

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