Clothes driving you crazy? Just toss dirty clothes into the laundry chute for easy cleaning and out of sight laundry piles.
Contain the mess of indoor repotting with a shallow sink and a wall mounted faucet. for larger pots ? Try a restaurant style pot washer.
Paper or plastic ? It does not matter when you have a recycling center complete with a trash compactor, sorting bins and even a place to pitch junk mail.
An inner door between the mudroom and your home’s interior spaces will help to stop icy outdoor temperatures from moving inside.
Adding a half bathroom allows people working or playing outside to make a quick trip without entering the main living areas.
Mudroom Bench for Seating
A comfortable place to sit while pulling off shoes is important in a mudroom. To avoid bottlenecks near the door, benches and stools should be located closer to the entrance to the main house and clear of the door swing area.
Design Mudroom keeping personal needs in mind
Once you have the basics down, think about ways that your mudroom can cater to your personal needs. For example. depending on the size and amenities in your mudroom,you also could use it as a workspace. It could easily become a plate to sort mail, pay bills or if you include a computer and phone, it can function as an in home office.
How to do washing and laundry in Mudroom ?
A lot of homeowners are bringing in ground-floor basins with handheld showers, as well. If you’ll be spending lots of time outside, this would be a great place to wash off your boots and equipment before putting it away.It is also an easy spot to give your pooch a quick bath.(Tip: Keep a stack of towels handy for drying off.) If you don’t want a bath taking up square footage in your mudroom, think about installing a central drain, which allows you to hose down the floor after a mess.
Best Locations for your mudroom
The smartest spot for a mudroom is between the garage and the main living spaces in your home, making it an unofficial entry way for family and close friends. This location helps keep clutter out of the rest of the house. Another great location? The basement. Many homes have walkout basements with a separate entrance. If you put your mudroom down there, it will serve the same purpose and keep your upstairs entrances neat and dry.
Just because its called a mudroom it does not mean that it can’t be a beautiful addition to your home. Design elements and decorating possibilities for this space are growing,making it easy to create a customized room to suit your lifestyle.
Ideal mudroom should contain the following
A designated cubby for each family member to stow gear
A bench to sit on. (It should be a minimum of 15 inch deep)
- Hooks for coats and hats
- A place to leave snowy or muddy boots
- A shoe garage for a no-shoes household
- A warm, dry spot for the dog’s crate and pet food
- A shelf or hook for leaving keys and pocketbooks
- An emergency kit: flashlight, candles, and battery run radio
- The dinner bell to call the kids in for supper
- A clock and a mirror for last minute checks
- An umbrella stand
- As much shelf and cabinet space as can be appropriated
- Seasonal considerations, such as a mitten bin and a beach towel bin
Apply these Mudroom Design Ideas
A mudroom is usually the first room you encounter when you enter your home from the garage or side door. The materials used on the floor are selected to withstand wear and tear, and often the floor has a drain for easier cleaning.
The mudroom also serves as an area for household members to organize what they need to take with them when they leave the house. If children live in the house, it is a great place to put backpacks to take to school the next day. You can have school type lockers installed or cubbies made. If your home is located in an area with mud, snow, or sand, or you have young children who love to get dirty, a mudroom is perfect.
Mudroom Design Ideas for you
When designing the layout, plan pieces of Furniture or a built in counter on which to set down items you are carrying into your home, and a place to sit down to put on or take off shoes or hoots.
If you live in a ski area and people will be coming in and out with ski equipment, plan a convenient way to store skis, ski hoots, and other ski equipment. Include outlets for boot warmers.
If anyone in your home is a hunter, plan a temporary area, safely out of the reach of children, for guns to he placed after a hunt. This could be in a hunting closet or other area with a door that locks.
If anyone in your home fishes, plan a place for fishing poles, tackle box, waders, and other equipment to be put after a day of fishing.
Plan enough hooks for coats, jackets, hats, and scarves.
Avoid floor material that will show footprints and every speck of dirt.
If people will track in mud or snow, a drain in the floor will help keep the floors clean, and a faucet and hose can be used for hosing off the floor.
Make sure you have an area for a hanging mirror or fixed mirror to check your appearance before leaving.
Create an area in the mudroom to place clothes going to the dry cleaner.
Lockers or cubbies are a great tool for a family to stay organized. Designate one for each child as well as each parent.