The Mud Room

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Tips for Designing a Functional Mud Room

  • hang hooks low so children are more likely to hang up their own coats
  • add an element to tie the outdoors with indoors, such as similar mats, seating or trim paint color
  • use some similar style elements such as baseboards and trim to tie your mud room into the rest of the house
  • an open locker system with a compartment for each family member is ideal
  • try to incorporate bench seating as an element of the open locker system with cubbies below a seat
  • a mud room can work well as a shared laundry room
  • a mudroom is a good place for a docking station for charging cell phones, iPods, tablets and computers
  • a bulletin board and peg rack and key rack on the wall facing the open locker system storage adds a lot of extra storage
  • store off-season items in baskets at the tops of the storage lockers in out-of-reach spaces
  • use a rubber runner along the wall facing the storage lockers for just-worn footwear, and store other footwear in cubbies below the seating
  • homes for small families may only require a chair or bench and small area with hooks and shelf storage
  • a mud room can be a great place to feed the family pets and store their food, especially if its combined with a washer and dryer and laundry sink for easy water access
  • a pet sleeping area can also be accommodated in a mud room
  • a mud room can be a good place to incorporate a small printing station for the family if you don’t have an office; now that desktops are less common, one printer will usually suffice for an entire family
  • consider accommodating extra required pantry storage into your mud room
  • the nook under a stairwell can serve as a great mud room space in a basement entry
  • wall space at the entry from the garage is another great space to use for mud room space if you don’t have a separate space you can use

Components of a Mud Room

Shelving

lockerECR4KIDS 5 Section Coat Locker with Bench – Birch

Durable birch plywood construction with natural finish. Features a built-in bench to assist children when dressing. Includes coat hooks and cubbies for storage. Non-Toxic, safety tested – CPSIA compliant. Intended for indoor use only. Assembly required (easy assembly, 1-1.5 hours). Quality satisfaction guaranteed. With some paint or stain to fit your decor, trim, hooks, and even bead board, it would be easy into a beautiful mud room storage foundation.

  • assembled height 48″
  • assembled width 54″
  • assembled depth 11″

Hardware

hooksLiberty Hardware B46115Z-CHR-C Double Prong Robe Hook with Ball End

One or two of these double prong hooks in each locker would allow each family member to hang their coats, purses or back packs.

  • Classic design and polished chrome finish
  • Zinc die cast base material
  • Mounting hardware and installation instructions included
  • holds a maximum weight of 35 lbs when mounted to solid wood or studs

railLiberty 129848 27-Inch Hook Rail/Coat Rack with 5 Flared Top Hooks

These rails have five satin nickel tri-hooks on white wood, and installing a row of them can add a lot of extra storage capacity to your mud room, whether for hats and bags or family coats or for use by guests. They hold a maximum capacity of 35 pounds each.

key railAmerock H55590WG10 9-Inch Key and Gadget Racks Key and Gadget Rack

The mud room is a perfect place for a row of key hooks too. Dimensions 11.5 x 3.5 x 2 inches.

Storage Baskets

You can inject some personal style into your mud room by choosing a storage basket that reflects your taste. Just make sure you watch the measurements, whether buying online or in a store, so they fit your space.

basketsWinsome Wood Leo Storage Baskets, Set of 2,Walnut Finish

  • Set of 2 rectangular storage baskets with built-in handles
  • Constructed from wicker with metal frames for extra strength
  • Warm Antique Walnut finish is versatile and attractive
  • Great for use with the Winsome Wood wide or narrow storage shelf
  • Each basket measures 11 inches wide by 10 inches deep by 9-1/4 inches high

Docking Station

Whether you set up a station where you can keep a variety of chargers, or use a multi charger unit similar to the one below for most items, the mud room is a great place to charge your electronics.

dockingFamily-Sized Wall Charger Multi Port USB Charger Portable Battery Charger 

The EasyAcc® 5 port USB Charger could charges Five mobile devices simultaneously, eg. iPad, iPhone, iPod, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, PDAs, Mobile Phones (Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Blackberry, Sony, Huawei),bluetooth speakers and external battery.Support all 5V output devices based USB interface, 25 watt for stable and high speed charing

5V 1A x 2 USB Output:
– iPhone 5 4S 4 3 (please use the original Cable from Apple)
– Samsung Galaxy S4 mini S3 S4 Ace , HTC One / One Mini, Nokia Lumia 925, Huawei G525 Y300, LG Optimus 4X HD I7 I9, Sony Xperia, Blackberry, Motorola,Google

5V 2.1A x 2 USB Output:
– iPad 4 3 2, iPad mini (please use the original Cable from Apple)
– Acer B1,Google Nexus 7 10,Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 and morel

5V 1.3A Output: 
– Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 / Note 10.1 / Note 8.0

Input: 100-240V 50/60HZ
Output: 5V2.1A / 5V 1.3A / 5V2.1A / 5V 1A / 5V 1A (5 port USB charger)
Power Output: 25 Watts

Also see:  Stylish Docking Stations

Runner Rug for Footwear

A runner rug is another way to inject your personal style into your mud room. Whichever style you choose, a runner along hallway or along one side of your space to accommodate boots and shoes is a practical addition to your mud room.

runnerSkid-resistant Carpet Runner – Gray

  • Made of high-quality olefin carpet with a premium, skid-resistant rubber backing
  • Finished on all edges to prevent fraying
  • Low pile-height (approx. 1/4 inch)
  • Easy to clean
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • 6 feet X 27 inches

Title photo: http://prsarahevans.com/practical-mudroom-design-ideas/beautiful-mudroom-decoration/

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