Mudroom Goals.

Though I am usually circumspect when it comes to home design trends and mudrooms seem to be all the rage if House Hunters can be trusted — to the extent that one couple toured a 1,300 square foot apartment with a dedicated mud room and I was scratching my head in disbelief! Like, why, in such small quarters, would you prefer a mudroom to more living space? — I dream of one day living in a home with one. How incredible to be able to stow muddy boots and bulky coats and strollers and wet dogs (!) in there, out of sight and away from precious home decor and clean floors. I thought I’d share a few dreamy finds for such a space, should any of you be in a situation to outfit your own mudroom (or even create a makeshift one in your entryway!):

BEADBOARD PANELED ENTRY BENCH (SIMILAR ENTRY CABINET HERE)

CUSTOM CUSHION COVER FOR BENCH

HEAVY DUTY COAT HOOKS

GRAY HALL TREE (LOVE THE FINISHES AND COLOR)

OBSESSED WITH THESE HAND-PAINTED TILES (HOW COOL WOULD THESE BE?!)

FARMHOUSE-STYLE PENDANT

CEDAR-SCENTED DRAWER LINERS

UMBRELLA STAND (<<WE OWN THIS EXACT ONE AND CAN I TELL YOU THAT I HAVE ACTUALLY HAD TO PURCHASE IT THREE TIMES BECAUSE TILLY HAS BROKEN NOT ONE BUT TWO OF THEM?! O.M.G.)

ALSO LOVE THIS WHITE STAND IF YOU HAVE TOO MANY OTHER PATTERNS HAPPENING IN THE ROOM

MONOGRAM DOORMAT FOR WIPING DIRTY BOOTS!

TWO-TIER BOOT TRAY

SOFT-SIDED STORAGE BINS (ANOTHER SIZE HERE — SUCH A PRETTY PRINT!)

DECORATIVE BASKETS

LETTER BIN FOR MAIL

LETTER HOOKS FOR LITTLE CHILDREN — PUT AT THEIR EYE LEVEL SO THEY CAN HANG THEIR OWN COATS/BACKPACKS!

A DURABLE RUG LIKE THIS OR THIS OR AN INEXPENSIVE, MACHINE-WASHABLE RUG LIKE THIS OR THIS!

ROOM SPRAY

CUTE BOOTS CAN DOUBLE AS CHIC DECOR

And if your mudroom doubles as your laundry room, a couple of laundry room lovelies: Brabantia ironing board (<<is it weird to say I am envious of this?! It is sort of the industry best; we own a Minky, which is also good), Rowenta iron (<<THE BEST; I own this model and prior to its purchase I thought I was “bad” at ironing. Turns out I just did not have the right equipment. This affords superior results — trust me!), crease release (<<obsessed with this), a chic laundry bin and/or coordinating ironing board cover (hey! if it has to be out on display, might as well make it pretty!).

P.S. All my favorite rain gear.

P.P.S. A good idea to have some inexpensive gloves on hand for active toddlers.

P.P.P.S. Totally random recent home purchases I am obsessed with: this acrylic dinner napkin dispenser to keep our buffet tidier (I used to keep paper dinner napkins in an unceremonious stack); my beloved kitchen gloves (<<a pretty good price for a pack of three); stainless steel polish/cleaner (how did I not know this existed and why did I assume I had to live with a streaky fridge and range?!); drawer dividers (love how these almost look built-in given that they match, roughly, the interior of our dresser); this underwear drawer organizing set (<<a minor thing but I like that you zip the underside of these because it actually enables the bins to hold their shape; other variations on this get smooshed/lopsided easily). And if you’re looking for more home organization gear, check out this roundup or this one.

6 Comments

  1. I, too, dream of having a mudroom when I “grow up”! We have a makeshift space in the entryway of our apartment for this, with an outdoor rug/mat and a shelving unit with space for the odds & ends like keys, etc. — but how I wish I had an actual mudroom! I’d love to have that two-tiered boot shelf in it.

    Thank you for the iron rec — mine is in need of replacing, as I realized yesterday. I don’t tend to iron super frequently, but a nice, new iron would make such the difference! I can tell that the Rowenta would be much better than the tiny one I’ve been using for the past many years. 🙂 xx

  2. Love this post! We close soon on a new home that doesn’t have a mud room but a laundry room that exits to the carport that I plan to use as such to an extent! My 4 year old would adore a W hook for his book bag what a great idea!

  3. I’m very into this post, as we just went under contract on a house with a dedicated mud room (right now we have a mud room / laundry room off of our kitchen. Our new home’s mud room has a large coat closet and built-in cubby/shelves very similar to the ones you pictured, right down to the bead board and hooks (only ours are white). This lovely picture has inspired me to add color via wallpaper. Since that probably won’t be my first priority project… or second, or third… perhaps I’ll try patterned baskets in the meantime!

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