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A mudroom can serve different purposes in different households: often it is a room dedicated purely to the mess generated by outdoor pursuits, but it may also need to take on other domestic functions as a more general storage or utility room.

Use all available wall space

Utilize the entire wall for floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Keep the clutter hidden behind closed doors while open shelving provides easy access for daily items. Baskets are also a great accessory to use in open shelves. A built-in bench seat becomes a spot for putting on shoes.

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Install hooks for grab-and-go convenience

Since mudrooms tend to be a place where coats, shoes and bags get thrown off at the end of the day, it’s handy to have dedicated spaces for things. Hooks are not only great for coats, but you can also hang up bags, dog leashes, hats and even keys.

Design: Kate Healy Interiors


Combine seating and storage

Seating is an important consideration for anyone who doesn’t want to fall over every time they pull their shoes off. Under the seat is a great space for cubbies where you can store your shoes or keep baskets. Pull-out drawers are another great way to provide hidden storage.

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Combine it with laundry

If you are short on space, you can double up by using your mudroom as a utility room. Completed here with a sink, laundry appliances and storage.


Customize it for pets

Make it pet-friendly with built-in feeding bowls that can be easily tucked away when not in use.


Design Tip:

Add outlets and a small counter space for charging phones, iPods or computers instead of letting those items clutter up the kitchen countertop.

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