Design Ideas for Mudroom: Creating Functional Spaces

Mudrooms can be the most underrated room in the household, which makes it an afterthought when trying to organize your home. Aside from the overlooking, many aspects must be considered, such as its compatibility with the rest of the home and whether it will endure the test of time. With the variety of storage options, it can sometimes become more of a hassle than a fun improvement. However, these mudroom design ideas can help you decide what fits in your home.

Confined spaces, typically on the small side, mudrooms are dedicated to storage of everyday items such as: coats, shoes, laundry items, cleaning supplies.

Benefits of a Mudroom

A mudroom acts as a transition between the outdoors and the indoors, mainly functioning as a hold for things that would clutter up the house and as a storage space for the everyday “go-to” items. As we’ve become more casual in the way we live, entrances often adjacent to the garage have become main entryways into the home. Transitional spaces of the home are often cramped, cluttered, and overlooked, but when form and function work in harmony, these “in-between” space can have a dramatic impact. If you are considering investing in a mudroom, consider these benefits:

  • Mudrooms help create additional storage space
  • Mudrooms allow for everyday items to become organized
  • Mudrooms provide functional spaces for coat and shoe storage

In a busy household, storage solutions are essential for a neat and sane home. Incorporating space for all “drop-and-go” items not only keeps your family organized, but it is convenient. To accommodate different habits and seasonal needs, plenty of storage at varying heights can be used by every member of the family.

Mudroom Storage Ideas

A mudroom is one huge storage area, so a place for everything will keep it organized. Here are a few mudroom storage ideas you can use in your next design:  

  • Bench seating for taking off and storing footwear
  • Hooks for coat, bag, and hat storage
  • Wall and base cabinetry for hiding away cluttering items
  • Shoe cubbies for younger generations to store footwear

In place of clothing hangers, heavy duty hooks have more durability for hanging heavy coats and backpacks. Always be sure to hang a set of hooks lower for children. If designing for school-age children, hang the hooks low enough for them to reach

brown bench seat cabinets and storage
Wellborn Cabinet’s Estate Series – Madison Square, Maple, Sienna

Adding cabinetry to a mudroom provides closed storage to conceal unsightly items such as laundry detergents or dirty clothing. Tall wall cabinets are perfect for storing items higher up that are not needed daily, like out-of-season wear.

contemporary natural mudroom cabinets
Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier and Estate Series – Bristol, Maple, Oatmeal Charcoal

Ideas by Space and Location

Mudroom design is most influenced by its location. If your mudroom is attached to the kitchen, you want the style and design to flow throughout with a designer’s touch. If your mudroom is attached to the garage, the style can be more universal and practical. Below are popular locations of a mudroom and can help identify where your mudroom should be located:

Small Space

If space is an issue, consider the space separating the garage and the rest of the home. Homeowners are utilizing this small space to make a trendy mudroom with a bench seat area, some hooks, and tall cabinetry. ​​You can also use any open shelves to add some decor, which will help the mudroom blend in with the style of the rest of your home.

Just off the garage, these small mudrooms are precisely what every family needs, which also ties in the design style of the rest of the house. Convenient storage for all heights, a seating area, and decorative open shelving make this mudroom fully functional.

small space mudroom red cabinets and bench seat
Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier Series – Vienna, Maple, Caliente AF (BM 290)
contemporary mudroom cabinets in small space
Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier Series – Bristol, Maple, Oatmeal Charcoal

Laundry Room

A laundry room-mudroom combination is a perfect duo; dirty socks, wet pool towels, and sports uniforms can go straight into the washing machine. Gardeners, athletes, and families with children will love peeling off the dust of the day right where the washing is done.

In this well-appointed mudroom, a Herringbone tiled floor, navy Shaker-style cabinets and simple cabinet hardware lend a relaxed farmhouse look. Not only is it full of space for books, shoes, bags, mail, and chargers, but it also has hidden pet accessories.

navy shaker mudroom cabinets bench seat tall storage
navy shaker mudroom cabinets pet accessories
Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier Series – Hanover Inset, Maple, Bleu

In this spacious laundry room, a built-in cabinet unit was installed to create a multipurpose room with its hooks, benches, and open shelves. The addition of lower storage drawers adds more organizational benefits to this already organized space.

white shaker mudroom cabinets open storage

Entryway

The stairway is located close to your entryway, consider reimagining that space for mudroom storage. This idea requires a bit more construction, but it is a smart way to make use of unused space. If you don’t have access to space under the stairs, consider hanging a coat rack on the wall and adding a bench beneath it. This design makes good use of what could be wasted space and is perfect thanks to the smart storage and spacious drawers.

Ideas by Style of Mudroom

Typically, the style of the kitchen sets the tone for the rest of the home, and since mudrooms are the transitional space for the rest of the home, be sure you are setting the right tone. Here are a few popular design styles to help you get started on your own mudroom ideas.

Traditional

Traditional style is defined by its details; multiple finishes and door styles, architectural elements, and decorative accessories. This expansive traditional mudroom features built-in furniture with hooks, benches, and shelves. The addition of the mail organization and desk make this mudroom the command center for the rest of the home.

traditional white and dark brown mudroom cabinets
Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier Series – Prairie and Millbrook Square, Oak, Glacier and Sienna Charcoal
modern mudroom cabinets

Modern

Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element. Sleek is a collective term to describe modern design. Wellborn Cabinet’s full access frameless Aspire cabinetry works perfectly in a modern mudroom. Behind the sleek cabinet doors is a variety of storage accessories which keeps this space clutter-free.

Eclectic

Eclectic style is the great equalizer; it reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. This laundry-mudroom combination exudes function. The sleek cabinetry provides loads of storage and conceals laundry room necessities.

large laundry room inset cabinets
Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier Series – Modesto, Maple, Coffee

For more design styles, check out the Identifying Your Kitchen Design Style blog to see which style speaks to you.

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