Adding a mudroom near an exterior door has its perks! However, if it becomes a free-for-all, the space can quickly get dirty and unorganized. Here are some of our tips for keeping your mudroom a functional area while not compromising the style of your home.

1. CONSIDER TRAFFIC PATTERNS: It’s a high-use space with lots going on. The last thing you want is to be tripping over your kid’s shoes or laundry baskets. Make sure there is plenty of space where it’s needed. We have a bench for kids to sit to put shoes on and room by the washer to fold clothes and set in the laundry basket – it definitely comes in handy!

A photo of shoes

2. SPEND A LITTLE MORE TO CUSTOMIZE: It’s worth it in a space you spend a considerable amount of time in. Here, we designed a standing work station for mail and a couple junk drawers, and below the pup could be tucked away in his kennel out of the way. Mom and dad love the space they have for going through mail…the pup doesn’t mind it either!

A photo of a clean white/bright homeA photo of a countertop

3. USE DURABLE AND EASY TO CLEAN PRODUCTS: No where else in the house is this more important. We used a commercial grade Mannington flooring that can take a beating and still look brand new. I especially love that LVT doesn’t have lines to keep clean.

a graphic of products used in a mudroom

Sherwin Williams, HanStone Quartz, Amerock Hardware, and Metrie products made this mudroom possible!

4. UTILIZE EVERY INCH OF SPACE: Odd spaces make for great storage. We had a room that was created under the new stairs that functions perfectly as a walk-in closet for coats and pantry foods. We also added upper cabinets over the washer/dryer and work station for more convenient storage.

A photo of a closet

A washer and dryer photo

5. KEEP THE LOOK ON PAR WITH THE HOUSE: Just because it’s an utilitarian space doesn’t mean it needs to be treated like a locker room. We added some architectural detail around the stairs, a fun checkered pattern on the floor, and beautiful custom cabinets all to keep this space connected aesthetically to the rest of the house.

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We hope these tips help!