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Smart Mudroom Ideas for Storage and Style

July 31, 2020
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An increasing number of new homes in Ridgefield WA are being built with mudrooms that are more than just a pass-through from the garage/outside to the interior of the home. With both homeowners and friends alike often using this entrance rather than the front door, it’s important to create a space that is both welcoming and functional.

As you’re planning your mudroom, don’t just think about storage; think about style, too. Go into the planning of the space the same way you would any other room in your home. There’s no reason why a mudroom has to be boring and dull. Pull some of the same design elements and colors in your home into the mudroom to make it flow more easily into the home and also make a nicer first impression. Add some cushions in nice fabrics on top of bench storage, use stylish handles on cabinets and drawers, and include a nice light fixture and even some art for a finishing touch.

Many of our homes with mudrooms include optional drop zones and built-in benches, which provide plenty of storage options with areas to place storage bins and baskets. Bench areas are ideal for putting on or removing shoes, so why not include some built-in shoe racks or other storage underneath the bench. Cabinets that offer a combination of drawers and cupboards help keep storage neat and organized. If you want more specific storage, you can also choose to have custom cabinets built.

With multiple family members — even doggy family members — it helps to have a set place for each person’s things, as well as general family items. Make sure each person has a hook to hang jackets and bags, and include storage baskets or bins on shelves clearly labeled for each family member. Drawers are great for storing items such as sunglasses, as well as sunscreen, and why not include a drawer or basket for your dog’s leashes, toys, and more. The key is to dedicate each drawer, shelf or basket to specific items so everything remains easy to find.

A mixture of open and closed storage is ideal for providing easy access to daily items, as well as hiding away less-used items that don’t look as nice on display. Don’t forget to include storage for umbrellas, as well as muddy or wet shoes. An attractive umbrella stand and trays filled with rocks to catch dirt and drips from shoes can turn function into finery.

Finally, consider adding mirrors to the cabinet doors, especially if you have full-length or at least upper-level storage. Not only do the mirrors add to the openness of the room, they also provide a great opportunity for one last check before heading out the door.

When putting together the mudroom in your new homes in Ridgefield WA, think of the space as an extension of your home and not just a dumping ground. Think about how you plan to use the space and what your storage needs are likely to be so that you can ensure you include the type of storage that best serves you, while also adding in some decorative elements that fit with the rest of your home. Since the mudroom is often where people enter on a daily basis, it should be as welcoming as any front entry.

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