Without a doubt, you know you need a mudroom! A separate room to deposit muddy shoes and wet coats is part of your dream home, but right now you barely have an entryway. Did you know, you don’t need an entire room to enjoy mudroom benefits? All you need is a little creativity and organization to maximize available space, however small, into a mudroom.
Small space mudrooms have the same requirements as larger, room sized mudrooms – adequate seating, targeted storage, durable floors, and protected walls. (See Part 1 and Part 2) The biggest difference between the two is that space generally consists of one small wall span, behind or adjacent to the main entrance door and components used are small scale and limited in quantity.
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Pegs are mounted on wood strip, then mounted to the wall. This method protects the wall by providing sturdy support for the pegs. Stool doubles as quick seating and shelf for a container that holds small items you can’t hang on pegs.
Three types of storage for this one wall mudroom…..pegs for controlling coat clutter, shelf above for baskets, and stacked rolling crates on the floor for larger items. Add a small bench or folding chair to make shoe removal easier.
Have a closet in the entryway? Remove the door, add a shelf with a cushion and you have a mudroom seat. Leave room below the shelf for storage baskets and add hooks for coats. Not only creates a small mudroom, it opens up the entryway.
Same components…..tray for shoes protects floor, baskets contain clutter, knobs on wall mounted board provides storage and protects the wall, and seating is provided. All this in one small space under the stairs.
Maximizing minimal space still helps you reap the benefits of a mudroom. Just find components to fit the space you have, make it durable, organize it, and you can transform a small space into a mudroom.
(This is part 3 of 3 posts on mudroom design ideas. See Part 1 for seating and storage ideas and Part 2 for mudroom floors and wall protection. Check out these ideas for small space mudrooms when there isn’t much room.)
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