Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Why are mudrooms so popular?
No one likes it, but it happens. That beautiful foyer quickly becomes the dumpsite for everything from shoes to backpacks, leaving a mess in its wake. There has to be a way to keep everything organized yet still have the house look good. Enter the mudroom. What began as a needed area has evolved into a functional yet beautiful space in the home. This area now acts as the middle ground between life outside and inside the house, providing space to store all the necessary items but without the disheveled mess.
What are mudrooms used for?
Practicality and organization are the combined two words used to describe the purpose of a mudroom. It is the space where odd things go like sports gear and dog food. It is the place where you can easily take off your dirty shoes, so as not to bring filth and germs into the home. It is also a great area that can be combined with another section of the home creating a multi-purpose space such as a laundry room or even a storage area for gardening supplies. Mudrooms have some of the greatest potentials in the house for so many functions.
Where do mudrooms go?
The possibilities are endless as are the areas where mudrooms can be used. The location will depend on where it is most needed and the purpose it will serve.
Laundry – this is one of the popular choices since lots of dirty clothes end up in the mudroom. It can also be beneficial if clothes get wet and just need to be dried, simply put in the dryer and you are done.
Kitchen – this is a good choice if you are looking for a little extra storage space for food items or even the bulky appliances like a stand mixer and crockpot.
Garage – this is perfect for storing all those reusable shopping bags, backpacks, and sports gear. Instead of dragging all of this into the home only to make a messy pile, leave it in the garage where it can be stored neatly and retrieved as needed.
Entry – if the front door is the main entrance to the home then consider placing a mudroom built-in here. It creates a convenient area to drop off those initial items such as purses, umbrellas, cell phones, and shoes yet will keep it organized by the coat hooks and cubbies integrated into the design to look appealing yet remain functional. It is also a nice area for guests to place their items when visiting.
Mudrooms for large families
As your family expands so does the need for organized space, especially when everyone is trying to get out the door in the morning. Mudrooms offer several advantages to large families such as:
A place to put everyone’s belongings in a cubby of their own.
Charging stations that offer equal opportunities for everyone to recharge their device’s battery.
Backpacks and after school activity equipment can be stored in one place instead of all over the house, helping you get out the door faster.
Mudrooms help provides the personalized and organized space for each member of the family making it a great addition to any space within the home.
The benefits of using a mudroom
There are several reasons why a mudroom is a good addition to the home, here are some to consider.
Cleanliness – It is easy to track dirt into our home when we walk in. Having a mudroom can dramatically cut down on the grime and unwanted germs. This area allows us to unload all of our mess including umbrellas that can track unwanted water through the house, and shoes covered in dried grass. Not to mention it is also a great place to dry off the dogs after their excursion in the rain.
Storage – Everyone needs storage space and mudrooms offer exactly that, in fact, that is one of the reasons they were created. They are meant to be that place where you store odds and ends especially the awkward items such as sports gear and pet supplies.
Organization – Cubbies and coat racks provide the perfect spot for everyone to put their stuff away in a space that is theirs. This can also eliminate disagreements over who gets to put what where.
Safety – This is actually a new one but more designers are beginning to build mudrooms with safety in mind, such as a place to go in extreme weather conditions or home invasions. Read more about it here.
Mudroom designs – both large and small.
Mudrooms do not have a standard or minimum size. Their purpose is to help organize and provide storage whether that be for a family of six or for a single person. By smartly utilizing the space you already have, you will maximize storage. Built-ins, hooks, bench seats, and cubbies are just a few of the things that make mudrooms a great choice for optimizing storage.
Do mudrooms add value?
First of all, a well-designed entry looks inviting and welcoming to prospective buyers. So yes, a mudroom will add value to your home. With designers continuing to find new ways to incorporate mudrooms into multiple areas of the home, it is no wonder homeowners are looking to purchase homes with this feature. Potential buyers always like to see how they can make a home theirs and a mudroom is a great way to do that as they see how it will maximize space and provide the organization for their family.
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We would love to help you have a mudroom that is unique and perfectly suited to your lifestyle. We invite you to browse our gallery or gather some inspirational photos and visit our showroom. Let us help you maximize your space and ease the stress of clutter.