15 Jul 10 Uses For Your Mudroom That Involve More Than Mud

Design A Mudroom That Keeps You Clean

It’s the last place you see before you leave for the day and the first place you see when you come home.  The mudroom serves as the buffer between you and your family’s private space and the world.  Originally created to collect mud and debris from the outside in farmhouses, mudrooms do so much more than collect dirt in modern homes.  A variety of functions have found their way to their way to the mudroom, making the design and planning of this space on a level of importance that is beginning to rival the kitchen.

Before designing your mudroom, it’s important to sit down with your designer and evaluate what functions you would like to include in the space.  The size of your space and budget will probably help narrow the list down to what proves to be the most essential.  Maximizing usefulness of this space can have a dramatic impact on your family’s organization and efficiency in day to day activities.  Here a list of 10 uses that you might want to consider adding into your own design for you new mudroom.

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1.  Laundry Room

This one is an obvious question, but must be asked nonetheless. Will your mudroom double as the home to your laundry room?  If so, designing custom cabinetry around the washer and dryer will create extra storage and the perfect spot to hide cleaning supplies. Built in concealable hampers, ironing boards, and shelving will all help to make the most of the space and make laundry time easier.  Many mudrooms include a washbasin for easy cleanup of muddy items that can double as a sink for hand washables.

2. Office

We are seeing a trend lately towards incorporating the home office into the mudroom.  This can be a small built in corner desk or a regular size built in desk with drawers and storage options. Keeping the office in the mudroom is a neat idea to help families save other rooms in the home for other activities and keep all office and organizational tasks confined to one area in the house.

3. Command Center

Communication is key to success in family and relationships, and mudrooms that incorporate command centers with bulletin boards, chalkboards, calendars, and mailboxes make it easy to keep everyone connected.  Posting reminders of upcoming events, practice schedules, homework assignments, and other important notices in one designated place can have a positive impact on the flow of day to day communication in the family.  They also provide the perfect place to place little notes of encouragement and love!

4. Charging Stations

As we begin to rely more and more on our phones and ipads, it’s important to designate a space in the home to keep these items charged.  Incorporating a charging station into your mudroom design will give everyone a place to recharge and makes gathering devices for the next day much easier when they are always found in the same spot.

 

5. Pet Care Stations

If you have pets in your home, you may want to consider incorporating a doggy bath or shower into your mudroom design to keep

 

6.Storage Bench/Seating Area

By including seating in your mudroom, you avoid having to put shoes on in other rooms of your house.

 

Charge your phones, tablets, iPods, handheld games or laptop computers in the mudroom instead of letting these items clutter up the kitchen countertop.

7. Cubbies and Lockers

 

As much as we love seeing our little ones out on the baseball or soccer field helping to score a win for their team, it’s hard to say the same for a piece of muddy sporting equipment that has found it’s way to the newly covered sitting chair in the living room.  A mudroom designed with your children’s sporting activities in mind will provide the perfect space to hang or hide pieces of equipment that should be kept away from the rest of the home.  Giving each child their own cubby hole or pull out drawer with enough space to accommodate equipment for their sport of choice is a smart design choice that will keep your temper in check and the children ready for practice.

 

8. Craft Rooms

 

9.  Accessories

A boot tray, hat rack or hanging mail sorter all serve a purpose of keeping items in their zones before they wind up where you can’t find them.

Hose-Down Area

 I Especially love this idea, which comes from This Old House magazine. A ground-floor basin keeps germs at bay. Wash down kids and pets (or yourself after spending time in the garden) in this area before spreading a mess into the whole house.

Communication is key to success in family and relationships, and mudrooms that incorporate command centers with bulletin boards, chalkboards, and wipeboards make it easy to keep everyone connected.  Posting reminders of upcoming events, practice schedules, homework assignments, and other important notices in one designated place can have a positive impact on the flow of day to day communication in the family.  They also provide the perfect place to place little notes of encouragement and love!

As much as we love seeing our little ones out on the baseball or soccer field helping to score a win for their team, it’s hard to say the same for a piece of muddy sporting equipment that has found it’s way to the newly covered sitting chair in the living room.  A mudroom designed with your children’s sporting activities in mind will provide the perfect space to hang or hide pieces of equipment that should be kept away from the rest of the home.  Giving each child their own cubby hole or pull out drawer with enough space to accommodate equipment for their sport of choice is a smart design choice that will keep your temper in check and the children ready for practice.

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Taking the time to carefully plan out this space can have a dramatic impact on the organization and efficiency of you and your family’s day to day lives.  When shoes, sporting equipment, laundry, cleaning supplies, bulletin boards, heavy outerwear, and charging stations all have a designated space, life feels easier.

 

 

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