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Are the shoes, keys, and coats lying around your home driving you crazy? Need some extra storage? Why not try building a mudroom or converting an existing room into one? Equip it with lots of easy-to-reach shelves and pegs to encourage your family to put away coats, shoes and items they use every day.
A mudroom traditionally serves as a buffer zone to keep outside elements from getting inside your home. Mudrooms can be a separate room or an area near the entry door that acts as a transition zone. The benefits of having a mudroom include:
If you have allergies, a mudroom may help you breathe easier because it cuts down on the amount of dust, pollen, and mold tracked into your house.
Locate a mudroom where it will be most useful:
In many homes mudrooms are an easy addition or conversion. Standard dimensions are usually between 6-foot by 6-foot and 7-foot by 9-foot. Make it larger if you wish to add a washer and dryer.
This is one room where you want the floor to get dirty. Select flooring that's moisture-proof, easily cleaned, and practically indestructible.
Adequate storage is a must. Whatever your interests - gardening, sports, or pets - make room to store your things.
Proper heating and ventilation reduces humidity and prevents mildew. It also speeds up the drying of wet garments. An adjustable vent to control heat or air conditioning is a small investment.
If you plan to add a wall color, select paint that is easy to clean, mildew resistant and moisture proof. Higher gloss acrylic latex paint offers features plus extra stain resistance.
Other things to consider include: