For those living in the upper Midwest, a “mudroom” is considered a necessity and is an important part of a home’s floor plan. For families with kids, a mudroom is a critical consideration when building, buying, or remodeling a home.

Regardless of where you live or how much snow, mud, or beach sand is being tracked into your house, a mudroom serves as a buffer between the interior and exterior of the home and is usually located just off the garage. A mudroom is a high traffic area that is used daily and is designed to handle dirt, wear and tear and ideally, it’s a room that helps keep a family organized!

Soft Green Painted Cabinets in an entryway with mudroom lockers and a boot bench.

Dura Supreme Mudroom Cabinetry in an Open Floor Plan featuring our 2020 Curated Color “Cast Iron” painted finish.

At a bare minimum, a mudroom should have closet/storage space, lots of hooks for hanging coats and jackets, and a bench to provide seating while putting on or taking off shoes. Although this room’s main purpose is functional, there is no reason it can’t be attractive and inviting and make organization easy.

Dura Supreme locker and boot bench design by Kristen Peck of Knight Construction Design, Inc., MN

For families with children, a mudroom is essential in keeping things organized. Especially during the work week (or school week) when children are heading out the door to school and the adults are heading to work. Having backpacks, shoes, sports equipment, soccer gear, keys, and phones in one organized area saves a lot of frustration in the mornings. It also keeps dirt and snow from being tracked through the house and it gives each child a place to organize and store their personal belongings.

Top 10 Tips for Organizing a Mudroom

Tip #1: Create Custom Boot-Bench and Locker Cabinetry Personalized for You

Dura Supreme offers an excellent mudroom locker and boot bench program. Customize deep drawers to hold shoes along with open cubbies or lockers for hanging coats and organizing backpacks and sports equipment. Dura Supreme also makes a boot bench with a short drawer and an open area below. Shoes can be conveniently tucked under the drawer, and the drawer organizes keys, cell phones, tablets, mittens, hats, etc.

Dura Supreme boot bench and locker cabinetry

Tip #2: Dedicate a Cubby or Locker for Each Family Member

For our family, each child has their own cubby and locker space with a hook and they are expected to keep their stuff off the floor and in their locker. Having their own designated storage space makes this much easier.

Dura Supreme mudroom design by Shelley Lober, CKD of Kitchens of Diablo, California.

Dura Supreme Mudroom Lockers and Boot Bench

Dura Supreme mudroom design by Pinnacle Design, Saginaw, MI. Photography by Dan Denardo.

Tip #3: A Space to Sit

Including seated storage like a boot bench in a mudroom provides a comfortable space to sit while putting on and taking off shoes and store them at the same time.

Dura Supreme boot bench cabinetry design by Mingle, Plymouth, MN. Photo by Spacecrafting Photography

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Michels Homes, Minnesota. Photography by Landmark Photography.

Dura Supreme Boot Bench with Deep Drawers for Optimal Entryway Storage.

Tip #4: Label it!

If you are using baskets or plastic bins, clearly label them so you know what is inside at a glance. Label locker compartments and hooks too.  There are so many great “labeling” ideas online to help make this space personal, give your child ownership, or make storage organization easier and playful. Here are a couple of my favorites as an example.

 

Photo from www.simplynaturaldecor.blogspot.com

Photo by @teresa.lifestyled on Instagram

Tip #5: Lots of Hooks! 

Can you ever have enough hooks? Multiple hooks can help give you storage space for coats, snow pants, backpacks, purses, gym bags, and more.

Photo from Skona Hem magazine via www.highstreetmarket.blogspot.com

Dura Supreme boot bench and mirrored hall tree

Tip #6: Create a Drop Zone

Locate an area close to your point of entry where it’ll be easy to create an organized drop zone. This will help prevent daily used and collected items from cluttering the rest of the home and keep them easy to locate. Drop zones are a perfect area to store items like keys, mail, sunglasses, and more. Creating a drop zone can be as simple as a small countertop space near the door or an open cabinet with a small basket.

Dura Supreme design by Lang’s Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Newtown, PA. Photography by Linda McManus.

Dura Supreme design by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair, WI. Photography by Ryan Hainey.

Tip #7: Keep Electronics Ready to Go

Everyday electronics like cell phones, tablets, and laptops can find a home in a drawer or roll-out with an integrated Charging Station or Power Station.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Power Station in Drawer.
Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Charging Station in Drawer.

Dura Supreme Charging Station Drawer

Tip #8: Include Features for Your Furry Friends

Mudrooms are a fantastic space to include additional features for dogs and cats alike. Food stations, dog/cat beds, bathing stations, and kennels are all popular features that work well in mudrooms.

Incorporating a large sink or tub can serve for bathing your pets or washing up mudding boots and gear helping to have more control over messes and prevent them from tracking through your entire home.

Incorporating a large sink or tub can serve for bathing your pets or washing up mudding boots and gear helping to have more control over messes and prevent them from tracking through your entire home.

Dura Supreme cabinetry design by Studio M Kitchen & Bath, Plymouth, MN.

Dura Supreme cabinetry design by Mans Lumber & Millwork, Canton, MI. Photography by A&T Photography

A Dura Supreme Toe-Kick Drawer can be used to store small single-serve pet dishes, toys, and treats in the mudroom.

Dura Supreme design by McKenzie Architectural Kitchens, Arizona. Photography by Scott Sandler.

Traditional Dura Supreme Cabinetry entry design by Dreamstructure DesignBuild, Minneapolis

Tip #9: Create a Display with Open Shelves

Use open shelves to create a beautiful display for decor, rest a hat, or house a decorative basket for easy to see and access storage.

Dura Supreme mudroom entry way designed by Kristin Donnelly of Reynolds Design Remodeling, Nebraska. Photography by Jessica Norton of J Norton Photo Design

Tip #10: Make it Convenient

Most of all, make your entryway storage convenient. If everything is within easy reach, labeled, and organized, the space becomes more convenient and almost helps to organize itself.  If it’s easy to put away or hang up, it gets done.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Lang’s Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Newtown, PA. Photography by Linda McManus.

Discover Inspiration for Your Mudroom

Dura Supreme cabinetry has endless ideas and cabinetry options for organizing and styling a mudroom that is personalized for your home. Below are several examples of Dura Supreme cabinetry creating beautifully organized mudroom spaces!

Gray and White Dura Supreme kitchen design by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair.

Kitchen entryway with Dura Supreme cabinetry designed by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair.

Dura Supreme mudroom design by Lori Leistico of Bella Domicile, Wisconsin. Photography by S. Photography.

Dura Supreme craftsman styled boot bench and coat rack design by Knight Construction Design, Inc., Minnesota.

Dura Supreme mudroom design by Ispiri Design Build Remodel, Minnesota

Dura Supreme Cabinetry desing by Chris Chidester of The Cabinet Center, California. Photography by John Welsh.

Dura Supreme mudroom design by Ispiri Design Build Remodel, Minnesota.

How will you organize your mudroom?

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, and social media technology.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019 in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by CV Magazine and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting edge products and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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