Choose Appropriate Flooring
The first useful tip for mudrooms is selecting the most appropriate flooring option. Ask us about the best flooring choice for your lifestyle. More than likely, the answer will be luxury vinyl, laminate, tile or stone, but it’s important to know how you live before choosing the right floors for your space.
Consolidate The Mud + Dirt
The best way to keep dirt and mud out of the rest of your home is by consolidating it to one central location. When using your mudroom, you want to make sure you take advantage of a wet shoe bin. Whether your shoes are covered in sand, mud or snow, the bin will collect the unwanted dirt and debris. This way you and your family do not track any excess dirt into the rest of your home.
A Place to Tie Your Shoes
It is always a good idea to have a place to sit down inside of a mudroom. You can add a pair of chairs or even incorporate a bench. Once you add a seating area, it will give you a place to tie your shoes and even take off your shoes.
Hooks are a mudroom’s best friend. They can be used as wall decor as well as a functional staple piece. Be sure to add hooks to your walls for extra storage. Hang purses, backpacks, grocery bags or anything you use often on the way out the door.
Minimize On-Display Items
Speaking of hooks, we want to be sure that we do not overload the walls with coats and purses. You don’t have to hang everything in every category. Instead, we recommend only having a light selection of outwear and handbags out in the mudroom. Store all of your other jackets and bags inside of your mudroom or coat closet.
Store Seasonal Items
Seasonal items can be stored away until they are needed. Whether it is winter or summer, you can store the out-of-season items in a hall closet or basement until the weather changes.
Gate The Entrance
If you have a furry friend that tends to get muddy when they go outside, we recommend installing a gate at the entrance of your mudroom. This way, when your dog comes in from outside, they will be stopped at the gate until you have the chance to wipe their feet.
Wipe Your Feet
Not only is wiping your pet’s feet important, but it is essential that you and your family also have a place to wipe your feet. Be sure to place a doormat outside of your mudroom’s front entrance to avoid tracking dirt inside. Tracking dirt and debris into your home can damage your floors.