How to Design a Mudroom With Lockers

The key to a happy household is an organized household and getting homes to work for busy families. An innovative mudroom idea hits the nail on the head.

Steps

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    Consider placing four individual lockers with organizers and shelves inside for shoes, hanging coats, and bag storage.
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    Include a window seat for putting on/taking off shoes, as well as a comfy place to hang out and read.
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    Create a drop-off zone with a corkboard message center. It's a great place for storing mail and the inevitable "junk drawer". You can also add electric in the drawers so phones/iPods can be charged out of sight!
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    Use 1x4 trim painted white - Typically a fancier door casing is used, but this plain casing made a better statement in the mudroom.
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    Install beadboard wainscot throughout the area. This protects the walls and gives it a true mudroom look. This beadboard was about 6' high with a 1x4 trim piece at the top. Add hooks to the trim piece for coats/pet supplies!
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    Finish the window seat. This comfy spot was finished off with beadboard and a painted seat with cushions.
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    Choose a tile floor. A durable floor that is easily cleanable is a key component to this space. Use your imagination when picking tile. Choose a nice light color, then make a tile "rug" with a mosaic border and tiles on the diagonal inside the border.
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    Create a special ceiling treatment. Attach tin squares to a thin piece of plywood then nail it to the beams in the ceiling. A little chair rail border around the edges, and you have a beautiful ceiling treatment!
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    Choose your paint color. Choose a warm color that highlights the tones of your tile.

Tips

  • The most important function of this to room is organization, so keep that in mind when designing your mudroom. Identify the items that you wish you could eliminate from view everyday and find a way to store them in this out-of-the-way spot!

Sources and Citations

  • This color from Benjamin Moore is called Onandaga Clay (1204).

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Categories: Home Decorating