For our busy family of five, a mudroom was an absolutely essential space in our new home. As we were drawing up the plans for our new house with the architect, I told him that one of my "must haves" is a large area off the garage that could hold our 3 sons sports gear, backpacks, coats and shoes so that it did not clutter up the rest of our living areas. He suggested a narrow layout featuring mudroom lockers (pictured here) to store all of these items and help keep the space organized and not impede the flow of traffic into the kitchen and other areas of the house. This idea was so brilliant and I could not be more thrilled with how the room turned out.
There’s nothing like a well-designed mudroom to support the flow of family life. This layout, designed for an active family of five, takes full advantage of mudroom cubbies, closets, and monochrome coloring to maximize the space. Everyday items such as coats and backpacks hang on a wall of hooks featured in the center of the space. Sporting goods, gloves, and other loose seasonal objects are conveniently dropped into wicker baskets, to avoid being lost in the house. Mudroom storage requirements have been prioritized by frequency of use, and provided ease of access, accordingly. Longer-term and special occasion storage is out of sight behind closed closets.
As I was planning out our new mudroom area I actually drew a ton of inspiration from closet design ideas. I browsed so many large walk in closet pictures and figured out how I could translate the wardrobe units into our entryway to create a ton of storage for all of our kids things. This is what I came up with! I have always loved mudroom ideas that feature large wooden storage lockers to house coats, shoes, book bags and sports equipment. Rather than getting them custom made, I found large closet wardrobe units and lined them up along the wall. We then nailed headboard panelling to the back for some style and built a mudroom bench between all of the cabinets.
Mudroom storage lockers are a huge trend for 2019, likely because they are as functional as they are a design element. I actually just installed them in my own house because I loved so many of the designs that I was adding to client's rooms. Most mudroom ideas with lockers feature open units with hooks and a paneled back. I hate clutter, so I decided to install doors to my entryway storage to hide the coats and backpacks that will be housed inside. I also decided to add a bit more decorative panelling both on the lockers themselves as well as on a small bench that I built around the staircase landing. In addition, I incorporated sliding drawers and and shelving units to hold baskets that can store small items like hats, gloves, and dog leashes.
A mudroom storage bench is an awesome and super easy to complete DIY project that will update the look and functionality of your space. These custom units require relatively little material and can be completed quite quickly, making them a fantastic weekend project. We found plans for this one online and whipped it up on a Saturday for under $100. I have always loved mudroom bench ideas that incorporate some kind of locker and/or hooks to store clothing, shoes, hats and, gloves. With respect to decor, I like the designs that feature white headboard panelling and decorative baskets to hold smaller items. So we planned out a bench that incorporated all of these elements in a single design.
One of my favorite DIY projects to research is mudroom ideas because I have been trying to figure out a way to make the small room off of our garage more functional for the family. I love the ideas of doing an entryway bench with hooks like this one because it would give us a space to store all of the kids shoes, backpacks, and sports equipment rather than just throwing it on the floor as soon as they run in the door. This particular design caught my eye because of how tall the units are and how much storage they offer in the cubby systems. I can't decide if I would want to purchase remade mudroom furniture or have my husband build it, but I do know that I would want to incorporate these cubicles with some pretty storage baskets to upgrade the look.