7 Mudroom Storage Ideas That Are Both Practical and Stylish

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Mudrooms originated in rural areas as a utilitarian space dedicated to removing and storing muddy shoes and oversize jackets, without getting the rest of the house dirty. They're accessed through an ancillary entry point, generally located off the back or side of a home, and because they're self-contained, potential messes aren't visible. Hooray!

Mudrooms went mainstream in the 1980s and have evolved from a purely functional area into multitasking rooms that serve as ground zero for stashing belongings from sports equipment and backpacks to keys and coats, and it's not uncommon for them to pull double duty as laundry rooms or even potting sheds. When it comes to designing an efficient and organized mudroom, storage is the name of the game. Read on to discover seven clever mudroom storage ideas that you can easily put to work in your own home.

1. Keep things elevated.

From the herringbone floor tile to the moody black cabinets adorned with brass hardware, this refined yet approachable space by Studio McGee is what mudroom dreams are made of. It features wishlist storage including floor-to-ceiling built-ins, rows of drawers, and a few strategically placed open shelves, as well as a farmhouse sink and an abundance of natural light.

2. Make it accessible.

Make mudroom storage easily accessible (and attractive) for youngsters with the help of open cubbies, dedicated baskets, reachable hooks, and a requisite low perch for shoe removal. White built-ins set the stage for this organization hub by Chango & Co. while a slate floor and eclectic rug add texture and contrast.

3. Incorporate your laundry needs.

Maximize space and efficiency by combining your laundry and mudroom needs, as The Coveted Kitchen did in this stylish and compact space. A variety of storage and organization ideas including closed cabinets, drawers, and bins ensure that there's a designated spot for all of your belongings. Complete the look with eye-catching cement floor tile to add pattern and dimension.

4. Include flexible storage.

Emily Henderson maxed out the options for mudroom storage in this setup with wall-to-wall open cubbies, attractive bins, wall hooks, and ample cabinets. Wide plank wood floors, an expansive stone countertop, and forest green built-ins are timeless elements that impart charm and personality.

5. Add farmhouse charm.

Take notes from Amber Lewis and design comprehensive mudroom storage that includes a combination of open shelving to display your fave tchotchkes, as well as closed storage to hide unsightly, yet necessary evils such as cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. She infused country vibes with a soapstone farmhouse sink, tongue and groove wall paneling, and a pair of milking stools.

6. Make it colorful.

With their out-of-the-way location, mudrooms are the ideal spot to push boundaries with color and try something unexpected. Lori Clarke Design selected a soothing cornflower blue and white palette and then layered sophisticated European flair with a Dutch door, checkerboard floor, and an embossed oversize porcelain sink.

7. Embrace the everyday.

Short on square footage, but still crave the order and storage of a traditional mudroom? Take notes from this compact entry and design a makeshift area with a bench, wall hooks, and attractive bins and baskets. A shoe rack is an ideal mudroom storage solution to corral dirty boots and sneakers. Done and done.


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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