3 Ways to Create a Mudroom

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I grew up in Southern California where real estate is scarce and expensive. As a result, many neighborhoods are packed together and extraneous rooms are cut out. The mudroom is one of those rooms that you rarely see in Californian homes; in fact, I did not even know what a mud room was until I visited some friends out of state. The idea of it is very present in Scandinavia, and in many other places with a cold climate, though they don’t call it a mudroom. It’s basically a secondary entryway (or primary entry in many cases) used to store equipment, outerwear, and shoes, as a way to keep the rest of the house clean.

For example, in Denmark most houses use the entryway as the mudroom. A typical Danish house might provide hooks to hang your coat, and a place to put your shoes. I noticed that many homes even provide a basket of slippers to wear while you’re there (because you ALWAYS take off your shoes).

A mudroom can be arranged in every house, no matter the size. Here are a few tips I’ve gathered to help you do so:

1. Use a Hallway for a Mudroom

Mudroom
Images: Harvest Furniture

Though it might not be super obvious, every house and apartment has some form of mud room. Recently, American homes have started to create open space living rooms and entryways, thus eliminating the formal entry way. Even with a large open space, you can use a wall to create a mudroom of sorts. It’s all about the sideboard. By finding a beautiful sideboard you immediately create a stopping point and storage area. Beautify it a bit with the addition of a vignette. I’m always a fan of placing a mirror right next to the door as a matter of convenience (who wants to forget a piece of spinach in their teeth as you open the door for UPS?). Add a row of hooks or a coat rack and a bench, if possible, to create a lovely setting.

2. Combine the Mudroom with Another Space

Makeshift Mudroom
Images: (Top Left) Harvest Furniture, (Top Right) Aline Arruda Barbie, (Bottom Left) Harvest Furniture, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

If you want to create a more formal mudroom, use a space you already have, like a laundry room. One of my favorite examples of this is in the image on the top right with painted crates on the wall to act as cubbies for each family member. It feels more formal without the hassle and investment of building a new room.

3. Create a Separate Mudroom

Mudroom
Images: (Top Left) Pinterest, (Top Right) Harvest Furniture, (Bottom Left) Splendid Sass, (Bottom Right) Zillow

Add this to your dream list. This is an image of some of my favorite mudrooms. Let’s take a look at what makes them ideal:

  • Cubbies. Cubbies are a great tool to keep kids organized.
  • Sisal rug or hard surface floor. Easier for clean up!
  • Combination of a laundry room and mudroom. Imagine dirty kids arriving home and all you have to do is plop their muddy clothes straight into the washer. Dreamy!
  • Cupboards! Beautiful built-in cupboards that hide equipment make for a lovely way to store not so pretty things.

Do you have a mudroom? What do you like/not like about it? What’s the ideal space?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.