15 Brilliant Mudroom Ideas That Are Stylish and Functional

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The mudroom is the drop-zone for all that stuff coming in and going out of the house, and when it’s set up right, it can make your life that much easier. Even if your home technically doesn’t have a “mudroom,” we all have that small landing spot where we dump our bags, toss our shoes, and leave things out as a visual reminder — so no matter what you’re working with, we’ve got you covered. Use doormats on both the inside and outside of the door to stop dirt in its tracks. Baskets, bins, and hooks can corral an overflow of hats and shoes. For big families, think about using lockers and cubbies to give each person their own designated space. Don’t forget about adding a bench or chair for pulling on boots. Then come the cute decor fixes, like artwork, rugs, and bold paint or wallpaper to make this functional zone just as stylish as the rest of your house. Check out these smart mudroom storage solutions and pretty decorating ideas that will make you love even the humblest entryway, and watch the ripple effect of organization flow throughout the entire house.

1Use What You Have
rustic mudroom with baskets

LISSA GOTWALS

Create the perfect rustic vibe simply by hanging some wire baskets for see-through grab-and-go storage. An old wood table can act as a landing spot for gardening tools.

SHOP WIRE BASKETS

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2Steal Space From the Laundry Room
laundry room mudroom

TESSA NEUSTADT

No space for a full-sized mudroom? No problem. Place a mini bench right in the laundry room with some hooks that can double as a place to hang clothes, bags, and hats.

SHOP HOOKS

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3Install Bold Wallpaper
bold wallpaper mudroom

SPACECRAFTING

Because it’s a room you don’t spend a ton of time in, go ahead and cover the walls with a bolder-than-usual wallpaper — it’ll put a smile on your face every time you walk in the door.

SHOP WALLPAPER

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4Stack Up Wood Crates
mudroom wood crate organizer and shelves

COURTESY OF EMILY HENDERSON

All you have to do is clip them together with binder clips, no hammer or nails required. Position them however you desire, but be sure to keep heavier things stowed in lower crates.

SHOP WOOD CRATES

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5Install a Message Board
mudroom message board

ANNA HERBST PHOTOGRAPHY

Stick schedules, reminders, and to-dos to an oversized pin board and you won’t believe how your family functioned without one.

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6Make Dedicated Cubbies
mudroom with wicker baskets

COURTESY OF BRIA HAMMEL

Create individual space for a busy family’s belongings so nothing gets misplaced. Slip some baskets with handles beneath a bench to quickly store things that come and go from the house.

SHOP WICKER BASKETS

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7Pile on the Pattern
patterned mudroom

SPACECRAFTING

From easy-on-the-eyes wallpaper to colorful textiles, let this little nook be proof that any cheerful print will make even the smallest mudroom feel special.

See more at Lucy Interiors »

8Make the Floors Eye-Catching
mudroom with patterned tile floor

TRACY AYTON

With a bright and unique tile underfoot, keep the walls a simple, crisp white so it doesn’t overwhelm the space. Other than looking beautiful, patterned floor tiles will also hide dirt and dust like a champ.

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9DIY a Set of Lockers
mudroom lockers

SUGAR & CLOTH

This one is easier than it seems: Simply jazz up the cubbies of a ready-made locker set with a trio of rich colors and watch it naturally corral the clutter.

SHOP WOODEN LOCKERS

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10Skip Furniture
mudroom wall with hooks

COURTESY OF PLACE OF MY TASTE

Sure, built-ins are great, but you can make a mudroom out of thin air just by taking advantage of some wall space. Simply put some bins on the ground, some wall-mounted file folders in the middle, and a series of hooks up high.

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11Lay Down a Pretty Rug
mudroom rug

STOFFER PHOTOGRAPHY INTERIORS

Here’s proof that a colorful rug can instantly change the look of any room in seconds flat.

SHOP RUNNERS

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12Paint With a Strategic Color
navy mudroom entryway

ERIN MCCARTHY OF EKM PHOTOGRAPHY

A coat of rich navy paint on a storage unit camouflages all the things stored inside of it. Genius!

See more at The Design Bar »

13Decorate With Artwork
mudroom bench and artwork

ZAN PASSANTE

Surround a bench with black-and-white art in mismatched frames to lend a little personality.

SHOP FRAMES

See more at Sugar & Charm »

14Store Wardrobe Necessities
mudroom hooks and shoe racks

RICK LOZIER

Tailor your mudroom to hold all the gear that never makes it past the door. That might mean doubling up on shoe storage space and hanging hooks.

SHOP HOOKS

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15Hide It Behind Doors
mudroom closet

COURTESY OF YOUNG HOUSE LOVE

Perfect for small space dwellers: Dedicate a pre-existing cabinet or closet to function as a drop-spot for bags, shoes, and coats.

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