Your mudroom doesn't necessarily need to be an expansive storage unit with shelves, cubbies and drawers. Susan Howell says the essentials of a mudroom should be entirely based on the needs of the homeowner. Smaller families with teenagers may only require a small bench and hooks for hanging coats. "What is really essential in a mudroom is knowing the demands of the mudroom before it's even built, so that whatever is essential to the homeowner's family is present in the final product," she says.
Susan Brunstrum not only added an elegant style to this Park City, Utah vacation home, but she solved storage problems as well. In this mudroom, she situated a rustic bench for shoes and hung eight small "antler" hooks on the wall for purses, bookbags and jackets.
Just one or two key pieces can transform an underutilized wall into a mini-mudroom packed with storage. Placing a small storage bench with bins or baskets near the door is a fantastic way to control inbound clutter. Well-placed hooks, cubbies and shelves add plenty of storage and make the most of limited space. Add small-scale artwork and throw pillows to keep the look sophisticated and polished.
Contemporary Laundry Room With Cork Wall and Flooring and Built-In Blue Storage
Dark cork walls are a smart touch in this laundry room, offering a great space to display children's artwork and tying in with the cork flooring. A cushioned bench serves as a small mudroom space to store shoes and hang jackets on the mounted hooks beside it. The blue paint brightens the space with some color and finishes the organized, clean look.