If you’ve been scrolling through house listings or watching any renovation shows, chances are you might have heard of a ‘mud-room’. New to the term? Seeking storage ideas? We’ve put together a simple guide to these clever spaces…
What exactly is a mud-room?
Typically found in American homes but now also making it big in Australia, these functional spaces are essentially a storage room for your coats and, yes, muddy shoes. Usually located at a property’s second entrance and somewhere with high traffic, mud-rooms are where you would remove your outer layers and avoid bringing muck into the home – not a bad idea for anyone with younger children.
Today, these spaces are more about providing extra storage space for items that you might use regularly on-the-go. Think school bags, umbrellas, shoes, beach towels and hats.
What should a mud-room include?
Storage, storage and more storage. Give thought to exactly what will be regularly kept in this room. Coat hooks and shoe shelving is an absolute must, and items such as baskets create a flexible storage option that can be great for loose items such as socks, dog leashes and scarves.
If the space and your budget allow it, consider installing built-in furniture. A bench allows you to sit and comfortably take shoes off, while a full-length cupboard provides a fantastic spot for cricket bats, shopping bags and cherished toys.
Lastly, don’t overlook the floors. Whether you’re building a new home or planning on giving your abode an update, think about laying down durable flooring that can withstand regular foot traffic and cleaning. Timber, tiled and polished concrete flooring are popular options that not only serve well, but also look utterly sophisticated.
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