This space does not need to be a separated room,
and more often is part of the entry or hallway. It can be as simple
as a coat rack, and place for shoes and other outerware, or as fancy
as a built-in bench with added storage space. Any way about it, if
well-thought out, this easily reworked space will give you back more
than you put into it - more time to do the things you like to do.
Begin by observing your common entry point to your home. This area
will become your daily loading and unloading dock as you and your
family come and go.
Evaluate the space in the context of your family's needs, the look
you want to achieve and your budget. Make your wish list first. To
fire up your imagination, this
Pinterest page provides an array of ideas.
A simple space that does everything might include:
- A sofa style table with a couple of drawers for sunglasses, pens,
notepad, things you don't want to have to go looking for when you
are coming and going in a hurry.
- Add a lamp, a letter organizer to drop incoming and outgoing mail,
and a document-sized basket for paperwork or homework.
- Add a wall-mounted or tabletop keys station
- This might also be an ideal location to place a message board for
household needs lists and calendar for schedules.
- Add a bench or chair to sit while removing shoes and boots, a boot
tray, maybe a rack for shoes, and a basket for hats, scarves,
- With a coat rack and umbrella stand you are there, everything you
need to get in and out the door quickly and stop dirt from being
tracked through the house.
This might be all you need for one, two or three people living in a
household, but for bigger families, it might take a more complex
strategy. And if you have dogs, they add another dimension.
You can still keep it simple and inexpensive. One example is to take
long boards, sand or router the sharp edges and corners, paint,
screw in double coat hooks and mount on your wall using a level. Add
decal or stenciled names on the wall or on plaques to go over each
station, add a shelf for baskets to store scarves, hats, mittens;
and a boot/shoe tray for each person's space on the floor. A
worthwhile added expense for style might be to look for special
characters, fancy or antique replica hooks. An alternative can be to
use fun colors and wood pegs or knobs for the coat rack, shelving
and wire baskets.
If you want a more formal built-in design, it might include benches
with lift tops for storage, baskets or wood cabinets overhead. This
is especially nice for larger families to stay organized, less mess
throughout the house, and makes it easy to find mittens and all when
its time to go, which equates to less stress getting out the door on
time, happier family!
There are plenty of do-it-yourself videos. We've listed a few at the
bottom of this article, or you might prefer to hire the work out.
Logan County has a number of contractors who do fine work and would
love to do a small job like this for you.
Optional elements for you to consider might include extra overhead
lighting or wall lighting, a mirror, a sink for quick wash-up, a
cabinet or shelf for quick grab mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
It might seem a luxury, but if you have a dog or multiple dogs, an
elevated space to easily wash four - eight - or twelve feet several
times a day in the rainy season can be deemed practical. Real luxury
might be a dog shower, but then again, it becomes practical if you
happen to own just one large mud-loving dog.
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Contrary to what you might think given the name
mudroom, decorators recommend using light colors - whites, light
gray are in vogue - just be sure to choose quality washable paint.
Your mudroom is the perfect space to show your personality, have a
little fun, even make it quirky, it doesn't require a lot and
changing it by the season can have a big effect. Popular themes
include farm, country and gardening, but you can make it what you
Make the space welcoming and easy to use, and you'll be glad you
took the time and effort when you see the time - and sometimes
irritation - it saves you throughout the year.
Below are a variety of step-by-step videos to design and build your
own mudrooms and furnishings:
Furniture makers were called on to create a couple of designs. This
video shows the step-by-step process to create beautiful built-in
cabinets and seating. The finished areas reflect the characteristics
of fine furnishings.
Build-off: Build a mudroom built-in"
Here's another simpler floor to ceiling built-in wood storage area
with seating that's especially well-suited to get the most out of a
How to build
mudroom storage - DIY
Here's a spiffy wall mounted coat rack with open shelf/cubical
storage above that comes to you from Matt Lane's Woodshop.
"How to make a
coat rack with storage"
In the video
below, construction of a beautiful Mission-style wall mounted coat
rack is demonstrated in detail by Jay Bates of Jays Custom
Coat Rack - 227
The guys from This Old
House bring you a versatile free-standing storage bench and coat
rack unit you can modify to the dimensions you want with
"How to Build
a Storage Bench."
Here are a few of the local contractors offering services all in the
(217) area code:
KVH Construction 735-1774
Shew's Design Center 737-5543
Matthews Custom Construction 364-4288
Whiteman Construction 735-3309
Hild Bros. Construction HBC Kevin Hild 671-0200
J&J Contractors Jim Greer 732-4484
Albert Bros. - Tom Albert 735-9990
D & D Sewer - Pete Helton 732-8137
Lincoln Heating & Cooling Marion Goff 735-5835
MB Heating & Cooling John 792-5593
Satisfied Residential Heating and Air Gino Zapata 974-0122
Leith Plumbing Mark Leith 732-8598
Tarter Bros. Greg Tarter 735-4117
RA Mechanical Reggie Payne 735-4103
Quick Comfort Joey Peacock 737-4632