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Are the shoes, keys, and coats lying around your house driving you crazy? Need some extra storage? Convert an existing room into a mudroom and equip it with easy-to-reach shelves and pegs to keep things organized.
A mudroom traditionally serves as a buffer zone to keep rain, snow, and mud from getting inside your home. Mudrooms can be a separate room or an area near the entry that acts as a transition zone. The benefits of having a mudroom include:
A Clean Space
Instead of mopping and cleaning the whole house every time the kids and dogs come running in from the rain, all you've got to worry about is a small area. If you have the space, add a floor drain or sink to your mudroom.
A mudroom can double as an extra closet. Use it in the winter to quickly grab coats, scarves and gloves as you're headed out the door. Switch out to pool towels, toys, flip flops and sandals in the summer.
Mudrooms increase heating and cooling efficiency by adding a transition zone. The ideal mudroom has two doors: an outside entrance and an inner door.
Do you have allergies? Adding a mudroom will help cut down on the amount of dust, pollen, and mold tracked into your house.
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. Locate a mudroom where it'll be most useful and convenient. Typical mudroom locations include:
They're usually near driveways and backyards. In most homes, the kitchen becomes the mudroom by default since that's where the entry door is usually located. Convert the area near the entry door into a truly mud-proof zone.
They are transition areas from the outdoors. Convert a corner of your existing garage. If you're building a new home or adding on a garage, build a mudroom too.
They can be expanded and make good mudroom conversions if they have an outside entrance.
Adequate storage is a must. Make room to store your things with the following items:
Shelving is essential. Use ventilated wire for quick drying.
Hooks and Pegs
They accommodate wet jackets, hats, purses and umbrellas. Also use pegs or hooks to keep track of keys and dog leashes. Hang pegs at proper levels for each family member's easy reach.
Baskets and Bins
A mudroom is a great place to store recycling bins. Then add a laundry basket or bin for wet clothes.
To keep things organized, personalize each family member's storage area by color or name.
This is one room where you want the floor to get dirty. Select flooring that's moisture-proof, easily cleaned and practically indestructible. Here are a few options:
Tile or Stone
Select tile or stone that's non-slip.
Pick a color that won't show dirt, and install it on a moisture-proof substrate.
It's easy to clean and makes an attractive alternative when it's stained or etched.
Fiber Mats and Boot Scrapers
Keep these at the door to get the dirt and mud off your shoes.
Use non-skid, washable rugs to collect water and dirt before it's tracked into the house.
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's easy to clean, mildew-resistant and moisture-proof. Higher gloss acrylic latex paint offers these features plus extra stain resistance.
Other things to consider include: