There's nothing like the pitter-patter of little feet or medium-sized feet. It's when those feet are muddy, filled with dirt and they tramp that dirt all over your clean floors and into your house, that any parent (or person who has to clean the floors) gets annoyed.
When those little feet come back from football or baseball practice and tramp into the house, leaving sweaty uniforms and muddy shoes around, again you get annoyed as there's a lot of cleaning to do. There should be some middle ground or area where dirty shoes and socks can be taken off and kept for cleaning or where outdoor coats and clothing can be stored.
The locker room is the transition area for kids to shower, store their everyday clothes, change into their sporting gear and reach the field, ready to play. Similarly, a mudroom is the changing area, where kids can store their socks and shoes from outdoors and enter the house with clean clothes on.
On rainy days, galoshes, rain boots, raincoats, jackets and other rainy day gear, which are soaking wet, can be stored in this room, to avoid creating puddles on your nice clean floor. Mudrooms can be a part of the laundry room as well, since dirty laundry needs a place to be stored.
This room is going to get dirty. So if you want to paint it white or use some high-glossy color, accept the fact that you will need to repaint the room. Or opt for a vinyl tack-up wallpaper, when it gets old, just peel off and replace.
Mudroom Furniture Ideas
Somewhere to sit
Taking things off, putting them on, all such actions need a place to sit. But instead of chairs, opt for benches and stools. Stools can be easily pushed into a corner or under a bench. Wooden benches and loveseats are ideal for mudrooms as they can be easily moved and cleaned.
Do not place benches or stools at the entrance or exit of the mudroom. Kill two birds with one stone by using a bench-cum-storage bin. With a hinged top, you can store things and sit on the bench too.
Else they may clamber up on stools and benches to reach hooks, something you do not want them to do. To avoid fights (especially with teenagers in the house), assign names to coat hooks for each family member. You can place a coat and umbrella stand as well in your mudroom. Fix a separate hook stand for keys and leashes.
- A mirror for checking oneself up
- Bulletin board or checkboard for sticking notes and notices
- Umbrella stand
- Shoe rack for arranging shoes
- Small table with a tub or basket on it for keeping keys and bills
- Cat or dog door
- Disposal bin
- Large laundry bin
The mentioned ideas are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to designing and arranging your ideal mudroom. Keeping it simple, airy, clean and convenient should be your top priority.