Mudrooms: Keeping your home clean with versatility
October 12, 2017 | by Swayblog
It’s back to school season, and your kids are walking home from school on a rainy, muddy day. They walk in the door, kick off their boots, throw their jackets to the side and head off to do their homework. Now the mud is transferring from the boots to the floor, and the wet jacket is dripping puddles all over. Doesn’t this sound like a parent’s worst nightmare?
Mudrooms are becoming a more common addition to most home builds and with their versatility and practicality. They provide a perfect multipurpose space for you and your family to store your outdoor necessities, dirty belongings or anything else you don’t want entering the heart of your home. Mudrooms are also a space that can be made as large or as small as you’d like, and they’re easy to produce on a budget! A room with limitless potential and opportunity; here’s the top five reasons why your next home needs to have a mudroom.
No size requirements
When you purchase a new home, the majority of rooms are set in stone. Most homeowners need a kitchen of a specific size, a master bedroom, spare room, and bathrooms that are set at a square footage once the home is built. With a mudroom, this isn’t always the case. Most home builds include mudrooms in their plan, and those that don’t make it available as an added option that can be totally customized to your liking.
Even in homes where a mudroom isn’t included, it is still a space that is desired and dreamt of by homeowners. A mudroom is one of the areas where it can be added to the home after you move in. If you have a lot of space in the home’s entryway, the addition of built-in shelving, cabinetry, hooks and a bench is all it takes to build a comfortable, welcoming mudroom in your home. If you are limited in space, the addition of a bench and wall hooks is a simple way to add a feature to your entryway that provides a mudroom feel without taking up a lot of space. It provides a place for all of the belongings that you don’t want dragged into your home, and it provides a welcoming space that leads to the rest of your beautiful home.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to expand your home or take down walls to add this vital home necessity. No matter how your home is built, it is always possible to have a warm, comfortable and functional mudroom, or at least a mud bench, in your home’s entryway.
Practical family storage
Large or small, there are few rooms in a home that have the ability to serve as many functions as a mudroom. Also known as a utility or multipurpose room, mudrooms can act as one of the most functional and practical rooms in your home. Along with being the first space people see when they enter your home, it also has the potential to act as a phenomenal storage space for your family. If you have kids coming home from school, it acts as the room in which they can unpack and put away shoes, jackets and hats so that none of their dirty or wet outerwear gets dragged through the home. If your mudroom has a set space for each member of your family such as a coat hook or storage basket, your family members will be motivated to use their own special space! This will make your mudroom a functional and smart room that keeps the elements out of the rest of your home.
Along with acting as a great entryway and storage space, a mudroom is becoming the ideal laundry room for many households. Based on the location, mudrooms tend to be one of the most accessible and convenient rooms in the home. The mudroom is also often off to the side, or away from the home’s central living space where most of the time is spent. This makes it ideal for a washer and dryer, as it keeps the noise of the washer and dryer from becoming overwhelming. Making your mudroom into a multipurpose storage and laundry room is a great way to use your existing square footage in a practical way. Just make sure to keep your washer and dryer away from, well, the mud in your mudroom so your clean laundry stays clean!
We all love our pets. However when they go on an outdoor adventure, they often come home covered in dirt or mud, primed to leave paw prints all over your home. A common trend beginning to be seen in many mudrooms is the addition of a heavy duty washing station for pets. A small, ground-level tub accompanied by a hose and shower head is a great way to give your beloved pet the TLC that they need after a long day at the park to make sure your home stays free from the dirt or mud that they track in. By putting this tub in the mudroom, you are able to contain any splashing or puddles that your pet might make if they try to escape their bath. With the installation of a small, heavy-duty tub, even the family pet has a practical use for the mudroom!
When your home gets disorganized it is easy to get stressed out as you struggle to find your warm fall jacket as the weather cools. Having storage space is one thing, but being able to keep all of your stored items organized is a whole other challenge that mudrooms can help with. Regardless of the season, having a mudroom in your home is a great way to optimize storage space and organization for your family. Personalizing storage space with cubbies or baskets for each family member gives everyone a place for their belongings. Wall mounted racks or hooks make it easy to store larger possessions such as sports or gym equipment. Having a specific spot for everything in your home is the best way to ensure your family stays organized.
Not only is a neat and organized mudroom a productive addition to your home, it can also be a lot of fun to design and decorate with your family’s personal touches on personalized storage cabinets or baskets!
No garage? No problem!
If you don’t have a garage with your home, you may sometimes struggle to find appropriate storage space for outdoor possessions such as landscape equipment, pet necessities and waste and recycling bins. Storing these items outside is manageable sometimes, but in the colder seasons, nobody wants to have to go outside every time they need one of these items! Having a mudroom rectifies this issue while still keeping these items out of the way and stored in a practical space. A mudroom closet can be for so much more than just jackets. You can store shovels or brooms in the closet, and other landscape materials on the top closet shelf. Waste and recycling bins can be stored right inside the door; keeping them out of the way but still easily accessible.
If you don’t have a garage for storing your outdoor items, a mudroom is the perfect, budget-friendly solution to your storage and organizational problems.
This time of year sees a lot more traffic in the entryway of all families homes. With kids going back to school, they, along with their friends, are continuously going in and out of the house; often leaving a trail of dirt behind them. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a special room where they could leave their dirty shoes and clean up before settling down in the living room? Having a mudroom in your home provides you with flexibility, versatility and practicality to help keep your home clean, provide you with additional storage, and keep your family organized during this busy time of the year.