Today’s topic is all about Mudrooms. We all need a place to dump our gear as we walk in the door. If you have kids you know the pain of tripping over an overflowing backpack or a shoe that is stepped over in attempts to get to that overflowing backpack! Gosh, it seems I spent an inordinate amount of time bellowing at the kids to hang up their coats and move their shoes INTO the basket.
We had a mudroom but it was at the back of the house and we came in through the front so it didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. (Hey, just being honest here!) We had a front closet that held all our in season coats etc but we kept all out of season wear in the back mudroom-still easy access but not in the smaller front entrance where space was tight. This did help keep the front entrance from becoming a dumping ground but, I will admit, I always did kind of envy the home that boasted a well functioning mudroom in the appropriate place.
So, if you are lucky enough to have space for a mudroom, how is it best to use the space? Let’s have a look.
First of all function has to be the key piece. It can pretty as a picture but if it doesn’t function well then all is for naught. Start with how many people you have to provide space for. Can each person have their own cubby or locker or even their own basket or drawer if space is tight?
I like this one because it uses the vertical space as well. You could put less used items in the cupboard up top. In this picture you would still only have your seasonal wear out to keep things more streamlined and usable.
Underused items or out of season items can be stored in airtight bins in a garage or another storage area. Having room for each member of the household can cut down on a lot of grief as it makes each person responsible for their own gear and it is so much easier to find an item.
I like this image because it is a good example of how to use one wall to maximize storage in an entryway. Baskets are a great way for each person to have their own space for items and keeps the area looking less cluttered.
I know this one isn’t exactly a mudroom but I sure do like this idea. An interesting tray is a great way to keep the boots and shoes under control!
And now I just have some eye candy for you!!
And now it’s your turn! Tell us what works for you. Send us a comment at www.designerscollective.ca
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