More than just a dumping ground for wet or dirty gear, a mudroom can be a multi-functional wonder. Here’s what to consider when designing yours
Desperate to keep the clutter of coats and copious pairs of shoes out of your hallway? A mudroom could be the answer – so we’ve pulled together 5 of our favourite mudroom ideas to inspire you.
Traditionally a second entryway to the home, a mudroom allows you to store dirty outdoor-wear away from the rest of the house.
Don’t have a separate room to use? Don’t worry. With the right storage and styling you can create a mud-corner or even a mud-hallway in the smallest of homes. Here’s how to make your mud-space both functional and beautiful…
Having somewhere to sit down comfortably while taking off shoes and organising your things is an essential part of any mudroom design. A built-in bench seat with storage room within it helps make the most of a small space.
Heavily textured or patterned fabric on the seat will bring warmth to the space, as well as masking any dirty marks. An ottoman-style seat, or a moveable bench with storage under it, can work well too.
Think of your mudroom as a glorified locker room – it should provide storage for as much outdoor-wear and equipment as possible. Easy-reach wall hooks are essential for hanging coats, hats, umbrellas and scarves.
If you don’t have space for a cupboard, put sports equipment or out-of-season clothes in storage boxes underneath benches or lined neatly against the wall.
Don’t forget cubby spaces for small items such as keys, wallets or mail. Floating wall shelves can make the space look interesting; just make sure they’re close to the door so they’re an easy drop-off and pick-up point.
Mudroom flooring should stand up to stains, smears and splashes, so choose what goes underfoot carefully. A dark-coloured ceramic tile is durable, low-maintenance and easy to clean. Pair with a dark-toned grout to keep it looking smart for longer.
Reclaimed brick is hard-wearing and gives a strong rustic look; just remember to apply a coat of sealant so it’s non-porous and easy to mop clean. If you go for a sandable hardwood, it can be recoated if it gets too worn.
Making a mudroom space out of an existing hallway or corner calls for something less permanent, such as a durable outdoor rug in a water-resistant sisal weave.
Ventilation and light
A mudroom needs a central light so you and your family aren’t rummaging around in the gloom for keys or matching shoes. Having a dimmer switch will allow you to leave the light on low to welcome people home in the evenings.
If you have a bench or sink, hang a pendant light over it to create a focal point. Make a small area feel bigger by adding a light- and view-reflecting mirror.
A sink is a brilliant element to include if there’s enough space. Having a water source in the room allows you to wash your hands as soon as you come in, as well as quickly rinse dirty clothes and even hose down pets (if you have an oversized trough-like sink). Stainless steel, ceramic and concrete are easy to wash down and keep clean.
However, water in your mudroom means ventilation is essential. Damp coats or equipment will grow mould if there’s no air flowing, so keep the windows or a door open when you can. If you don’t have windows, install an exhaust fan to keep the room fresh and dry.
Words by: Katherine Chatfield. Photography by: Jenah Piwanski, Nikole Ramsay, Anson Smart, Martina Gemmola, Jenah Piwanski /bauersyndication.com.au.