Why Mudrooms Are Still Necessary for Modern Day Living

 

 

Do you have piles of shoes by the front door? Backpacks dropped on the floor as soon as the kids come home? Where do you store wet umbrellas and jackets? It doesn’t have to be like this. Let’s see why a mudroom is still a necessity in  the modern-day home.

 

A mudroom is a space dedicated to storing items that would otherwise make a mess in the house. It’s a room that serves as a transition between the outdoors and the indoors, mainly functioning as storage for things that would clutter up the house: wet clothes, sports gear, umbrellas, etc. 

 

 

The evolution of the mudroom

 

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  • As American homes became bigger, mudrooms became more popular.

 

  • They transitioned from their initial location at the entryway into dedicated storage or a laundry room.

 

  • The mudroom found its place at the back door or next to the garage entrance. The reason for this is so the guests don’t have to see it, but the family can still use it as they go in and out of the house.

 

 

Mudrooms: value vs. cost

 

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  • They are functional and keep your main living areas clutter-free. And if you add cabinets, you’ll have more storage for yourself or potential buyers in the future. 

 

  • Ultimately, a mudroom helps you protect the investment you’ve made in your home by protecting your floors and walls.

 

  • Most homeowners pay between $4,500 and $16,000 for a 50-square foot mudroom addition, with an average project costing $12,000.

 

 

Mudroom must-have items

 

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  • Hooks: Make sure you have hooks for hanging heavy coats and jackets, along with somewhere to hang hats.

 

  • Seating: Adding a bench-seat gives everyone a place to take off their shoes. Bonus points if you can get a rack for shoe storage too.

 

  • Storage: Cabinets come in handy for things like sports equipment, books, and other items that need storage. If you have enough space, you can assign each person in the family their own cabinet. This improves organization and ensures everyone is responsible for keeping their own space tidy. Check these cabinets for more inspiration.

 

  • Shelving: Open shelves provide multi-functional storage and they’re great for small items.

 

  • A sink: If you have enough space, consider adding a sink to your mudroom. It’ll give you a place to wash hands or give filthy sports clothes a pre-wash; you can also use it as a dog bath.

 

  • Ceramic tiles: This is the best material for mudroom flooring because of its durability, non-porous qualities, and easy maintenance. 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are so many benefits to having a mudroom because it keeps clutter and messes contained. The investment is relatively small compared to what you’ll be getting from it. And you’ll be adding value to your home. 

 

With so many design styles, a modern mudroom can be a stunning yet intimate place you share with your family. On the other hand, your guests will always have their own formal, presentable entrance, so it’s a win for everyone. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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