Mudrooms have become a must-have among homeowners over the past few decades, but there was a time where these spaces were more of a necessity than a luxury.
Travel back in time to a pre-asphalt America, and you’d find plenty of unpaved roads and plenty of muddy shoes. Many rural homes had little vestibules near their kitchens where people could remove their shoes to avoid tracking dirt into their homes.
“But it wasn't until the 1980's when higher-end houses got really large that the mudroom became a separate room rather than a mere pass-through,” writes Barbara Ballinger Buchholz in the Chicago Tribune. “In recent years, it took on other functions such as a place to stash cold-weather gear and sports equipment, leave messages, and clean the family pet.”
Mudrooms and mudroom storage
And with this new breed of mudrooms comes the need for mudroom storage. Custom mudroom cabinets allow you to create storage solutions in a variety of spaces, whether you want larger locker-style cabinets or smaller cubby holes to store shoes.
And if you have enough space, the mudroom can play a number of roles, acting as both a way station for people coming in from the outdoors and an extra closet/storage space:
- Big, busy families should design a mudroom that includes a good selection of hooks for bags and coats, as well as shelves for shoes, and cabinets for sporting equipment. Use cubbies to give everyone in the family a place to store their things.
- If your family has dogs or cats, your mudroom can become pet central: a place to keep leashes, brushes, toys, food, dishes, cat litter, etc.
- Your mudroom can even serve as a laundry room, with cabinets to hold detergent, fabric softener and other laundry-related items.
- If you have enough space, add a bench to your mudroom. It will make it much easier for people who need to remove/put on their shoes. Adding a counter gives you a convenient spot to plop grocery bags as you unload your car.
What if I don’t have a mudroom?
If your home doesn’t have a mudroom, don’t worry. You can still find ways to incorporate it into the house, ideally near your home’s most used entrance.
For many families, this is a side or rear entrance, which is perfect for mudroom storage. Just as an existing mudroom can double as a closet or a laundry room, you can turn a storage closet or your laundry area into a mudroom.
If getting to your home’s main entrance/exit means passing through the mudroom, you should think about ways to maintain a neater appearance for people coming to visit. Otherwise, consider a mudroom that’s closed off so you don’t need to worry about having a guest-friendly space.
Are you ready to add a mudroom to your home? Closets & Cabinetry can help. With our creative mudroom storage ideas and space planning experience, the days of coats and shoes thrown willy-nilly around your house will be at an end.Contact us today to learn how we can create a mudroom that works for you and your family.