Welcome to our collection of mudroom designs.
Not every home has a mudroom, but they sure are handy if you do. We have one and we use it all the time, especially with our young kids. They help keep front entry halls a little tidier.
While a mudroom itself is nothing fancy, the coat rack, bench and storage you get can make or break the room. That’s what this gallery and following article is all about – showcasing great mudroom design ideas.
If you are big on keeping your home sparkly clean and super organized, chances are that you have a well-built mudroom in your home, or are looking to create one.
Simply put, a mudroom is a clever way to keep things around your home neat and clean and is also super handy for people who tend to be forgetful. It is like a storeroom for keeping all those things that can easily be misplaced, such as car keys and shoes but also other everyday-use items like coats, backpacks, briefcase, etc.
Since it is mostly a storage room, people don’t wish to spend too much on building a mud room in their home. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it stylish and chic.
Below are some fantastic mudroom ideas that can help you design one in your home.
Large white mudroom in mansion beach house on Lake Michigan. See the entire house here.
This is an example of a very simple mudroom with small storage spaces and a couple of hooks where you can hang clothing items like coats, hats, bags, etc.
This mudroom is quite big and a little on the fancier side with a lot of storage drawers and a large area with hooks for one to hang their clothes. It also has an extensive white bench with storage drawers underneath.
Because it is more in the open than being very secluded, it doesn’t really look like a mudroom and more like an open storage design, given how it is right next to the stairs.
With a sink and cabinet shelves, this is quite a different mudroom than the ordinary ones and is also rather big in size. It has multiple storage spaces and hooks that can be really handy for storing things.
While most mudrooms are white in color, this one uses natural wood, green walls, and square tiles. It is almost like a full-fledged room with a sink, a door, and several storage spaces which is quite handy for someone who has a lot of storage items.
This is a smaller mudroom compared to a few others with a simple rack with hooks and a couple of storage drawers.
This is also a small mudroom but with the addition of an in-built wardrobe, and the usual bench, rack and a few hooks for clothes. It is small yet sufficiently built for proper storage.
With the addition of a window, this mudroom takes on a different look and has well-built storage cupboards where you can store all sorts of things. It also has a slightly bigger bench than many other mudrooms, allowing for added storage.
This mudroom sports a wooden theme where everything is made of wood including the bench, lockers, and shelves. The lockers are separated with a wooden slab in between, which makes it easier to allot separate spaces to different household members.
If you want your mudroom to be a little stylish, this is a great option for you with 3D cube storage shelves that follow a green and white color theme. The hooks also carry forward the two-colored theme, making this mudroom quite chic and funky-looking.
This mudroom has fully-built cupboards where you store possibly everything. It is also quite big in size for sufficient storage. It also has windows that allow an outdoor view of nature and greenery.
Elegance and sophistication is what this mudroom is all about. Following a white theme, it is a little fancy with cushions and decorative items. However, it doesn’t contain too many storage spaces.
Simple is what best describes this mudroom with a white theme and limited storage drawers but with the absence of hooks for hanging different items.
Talk about unique and fancy! This mudroom doesn’t really look like one, with its red walls, stylish tiles, cushions and a proper door with small glass windows.
With just a few hooks and a couple of drawers, it doesn’t seem to contain a lot of storage spaces so its best for people who want a mudroom mainly for the interior.
This is another unique mudroom idea with leading stairs and separate storage hooks assigned to every member of the family and very limited luggage compartments.
With a proper seating space and a well-built open wardrobe, this mudroom is super elegant and too pretty for a mudroom.
This has more of a focus on space for shoes with a separate show cupboard and a number of hooks to hang clothing apparel on.
Many mudrooms are used as second entrances to the home, and this seems to be one of those with a proper entrance door, a storage compartment tucked in one corner and a lot of empty space waiting to be utilized.
Stylishness at its best, this mudroom has a proper transparent door to allow natural light inside and has really big compartments for storage.
Just like a fully functional room, this mudroom is huge, with a proper entrance door, a tiny table with a chair and some storage compartments on the side.
This has to be one of the most spacious and well-built mudrooms with separate compartments for almost everything including shoes, clothes, bags, etc. It also takes on a grey-theme, making it look more like a walk-in closet than a mudroom.
This is a super fancy mudroom with vinyl flooring, a brick wall, and a lot of different storage compartments. It carries more of a modern touch to it than an ordinary mudroom.
More of a storage area than a room, this mudroom idea is quite different in the sense that it seems to be a part of the upper portion of the house a very unique interior but with limited storage space.
This is a very cute mudroom with a storage compartment that has separate spaces assigned for family members and also has a door, allowing for a few glimpses of the outdoor nature.
Sporting a very vintage look, this design is unique, with well-built doors on an entire wall and a large storage section towards the other hand. It has a wooden-inspired theme with everything brown, giving it a very exclusive look.
Like a few other mudrooms, this is quite big in size with a proper entrance and well-built compartments and cupboards for increased storage.
It also has lockers with doors which is an excellent thing to have in a mudroom. While it doesn’t look like the other lockers, it is more of a cubby with separate spaces for each member of the family.
This is an example of a very cleverly-built mudroom. It is small in size yet contains adequate storage space and seems to be tucked between the kitchen and another room of the house.
For someone who is very big on keeping everything organized, this mudroom is designed especially for them.
It has a variety of storage compartments and drawers, more than you’d typically find in an ordinary mudroom, for almost everything like clothes, shoes, hats, bags, purses, etc. It also has hooks on the back of the door for hanging different clothing items.
This is one of the most spacious and simple mudrooms with a variety of different kinds of compartments including drawers and spaces for hanging clothes and other items. It also has open lockers without any doors, which can often be very convenient and handy.
Chic and modern are the best words to describe this mudroom in terms of its design and style. It follows a grey-white theme with two separate storage compartments, one with cupboards and a bench, the other with many small drawers. It is an ideal combination of space and style.
A very classic design, this mudroom has a dark-chocolate brown interior with huge compartments and a fancy bench with hooks at the top. Perhaps, it is every organizer’s dream mudroom.
Small and enclosed, this mudroom is quite contemporary with its design, storage allocation, and decorative pieces. It follows a wooden theme throughout with a classic white entrance.
This mudroom seems to be tucked away in the corner of another room and is very small but contains cleverly-built storage compartments and a small tiled counter for keeping different things.
Trendy and modish are two apt words for this mudroom, given how it’s so funky and pretty to look at. With an L-shaped striped black-and-white bench, a mirror, windows, tiny racks for sunglasses, and wall frames, this mudroom almost has everything.
It also seems to have been made with consideration, considering how small it is yet with adequate storage and so modern. Mudrooms are simply utilitarian spaces for storage purposes, but they can be beautifully designed too.
However, since the main purpose of mudrooms is to provide storage, it is best to have one with adequate storage and an average interior than one with insufficient storage but a super fancy design.
While a traditional entryway and foyer is typically the first place a guest enters the home, a secondary entrance is usually used by the inhabitants of the home.
For homes that do not have a front entryway or one that opens into a carpeted area, a mudroom can be a time saver.
Below we set out a whole lotta mudroom design ideas and design data/statistics to help you design the perfect mudroom.
1. Mudroom Sizes (Statistics and Examples)
Size if often subjective, be we do our best to organize our mudrooms by size.
Mudrooms in the past were small if they existed at all. They were typically small nook rooms off the rear or side or garage door with a few hooks that then entered the home.
While mudrooms are still small, there are more and more homes designing medium-sized and large mudrooms.
Mudroom size data:
- Compact: 18.68% are small.
- Medium: 58.98% are medium-sized.
- Large: 20.18% are large.
- Expansive: 2.16% are huge.
a. Small Mudroom
b. Medium Sized Mudroom
c. Large Mudroom
As you can see from above, mudrooms span all sizes.. Like high functioning rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, mudroom sizes have grown considerably for good reason. They are a utility room that serves a helpful purpose.
It’s not uncommon to have mudrooms 100 to 300 square feet. Larger if they’re a combo mudroom/laundry room (which isn’t ideal by the way).
The fact is a well-designed mudroom needs to be fairly large. It needs storage, counterspace is great plus room for several people to get on their outdoor wear. It’s no fun trying two or more kids ready for the outdoors in a cramped space.
Moreover, you want sufficient storage for the loads of outdoor wear you accumulate, especially if you live in a place with rain/cold winters and you have kids. When you have variable weather and kids, you will accumulate a lot of outdoor wear and so you need a place to store it.
Also, you want space for shoes (many pairs) and backpacks and bags.
Finally, you want all this STUFF organized so each child can find it or you can find it without rummaging through a jumble of clothes.
I STRONGLY recommend investing in lockers, one for each member of the family. Our mudroom is a long row of hooks with 2 benches and basically, it’s a jumble of coats and hats. We would definitely benefit from a mudroom locker system.
2. The Mudroom Locker
a. Open lockers
One locker style is that it’s open without any doors on them. I find this the most convenient and let’s face it, there’s really no reason to have doors on them in your own home.
b. Lockers with doors
‘The mudroom locker is a brilliant development for the home. I have no idea who invented the concept, but it’s no surprise it’s now a common feature in new and renovated homes.
The locker is a cubby. It doesn’t lock of course. It’s a row of cubbies, usually wood or manufactured wood, that provides each person in the family their own space for coats, backpacks, bags, hats, gloves and footwear. A well-designed locker includes a bench area as well.
TIP: You definitely want the locker to have the following:
- Large, strong hooks for multiple coats and backpacks
- Shoe storage below;
- A sitting bench; and
- Accessory storage… perhaps above.
The hooks should be accessible by kids which mean placing them a bit lower than you would for adults.
3. Types of Mudrooms
There really aren’t many different types of mudrooms. The mudroom is a simple room; it’s an entry area or room off the secondary home entry such as via the garage, the side of the house or rear of the house.
It’s a utilitarian space; although many are beautifully designed as well.
What makes the mudroom is the storage features you include. That’s what it’s all about. I’d much prefer an ugly space with fabulous storage over a pretty mudroom with insufficient storage.
That said, there are mudrooms that are stand-alone mudrooms and then ones that are a hybrid mudroom and laundry room. If you’re in the enviable position of designing your home or a major renovation, I strongly recommend NOT including a laundry room in the mudroom.
Example of mudroom and laundry room combo
The fact is, mudrooms are aptly named because they get dirty and wet. Laundry rooms are where you clean your clothes. The last thing you want is to produce your home’s clean clothes in a space that’s designed to get dirty.
So, if you can, put the laundry room elsewhere. I like laundry rooms nearby and on the same level as the bedrooms since that’s where dirty clothes are produced and it’s most proximate for returning clean clothes.
As an aside, it’s mind-boggling to me that it was only in recent history that laundry rooms started being placed in the bedroom area of the home.
4. Mudroom Features to Consider
The Locker System: I already discussed this above. It’s a key feature. Check out storage lockers for mudrooms gallery here.
Sink: We have a sink in our mudroom (along with, unfortunately, the laundry room). Even without the laundry room in our mudroom, the sink is very handy to have for dealing with messes.
Shoe Storage: Most of us in today’s society have multiple pairs of footwear that we wear at any given time of the year. Shoe storage for each person is important. It helps keep the floor space clear. You definitely want to incorporate shoe storage in the mudroom.
Counter Space: There’s nothing so relieving as a strong, large surface area to dump bags when you enter the house.
If you use the mudroom entrance most often ladened with bags and gear, it’s nice to have counter space to dump it all so you can comfortable remove outdoor wear. If you have the space and budget, add some counterspace to your mudroom.
Laundry hamper: If your laundry room is not in the mudroom, placing a hamper there can be handy so you have a place to deposit wet/dirty clothes immediately without having to tromp through the house with wet/dirty clothes.
The underneath cabinetry can serve as additional storage as well.
Bench: Even if you have lockers with small benches, an additional storage bench can be handy if you have the space. You simply cannot have too many sitting areas and storage areas in a mudroom.
Hooks, hooks and more hooks: Even if you have lockers, you may want to add more sturdy hooks throughout the space. You simply cannot have too many large, strong hooks that can safely hold heavy backpacks and several coats.
5. Best Flooring options for Mudrooms
The best floor for a mudroom is one that is designed to withstand water, mud and dirt. This includes vinyl and tile. Hence you’ll see many of the above mudroom designs use vinyl, linoleum or tile. Hardwood is okay, but if it gets soaked, you’ll want to wipe it up.
Seriously, don’t get too hung up on floor aesthetics; you want a floor that can withstand water, mud, snow and dirt especially if you have kids.
By far the most popular floor for mudrooms that we profile in our extensive gallery is tile, followed by hardwood.
Mudroom flooring statistics:
- Ceramic Tile: 20.67% of mudrooms use ceramic tile flooring.
- Porcelain Tile: 16.69%
- Medium Hardwood: 15.66%
- Dark Hardwood: 12.52%
- Slate: 9.59%
- Light Hardwood: 7.34%
- Concrete: 3.34%
- Brick: 2.92%
- Vinyl: 2.62%
- Travertine: 2.29%
- Limestone: 1.71%
- Marble: 1.06%
- Terra-cotta Tile: 1.06%
- Linoleum: 0.91%
- Laminate: 0.56%
- Carpet: 0.44%
- Painted Wood: 0.30%
- Granite: 0.11%
- Terrazzo: 0.09%
- Bamboo: 0.07%
- Cork: 0.05%
- Plywood: 0.02%
Here are photo examples.
a. Tile floor in mudroom
b. Hardwood floor in mudroom
With respect to color, white with wood cabinetry is a popular design, but you can also jazz it up a bit with some color. It’s an informal space, often used extensively by kids, so there’s no reason to add some whimsy to the mudroom.
The four most popular colors are white, brown, beige and gray. Here’s the mudroom color data:
Mudroom Wall Color Statistics
- Beige: 27.71% of mudrooms have beige walls.
- Black: 0.31%
- Blue: 6.22%
- Brown: 2.47%
- Gray: 24.51%
- Green: 3.95%
- Metallic: 0.05%
- Multi: 1.15%
- Orange: 0.79%
- Pink: 0.13%
- Purple: 0.30%
- Red: 0.87%
- White: 27.57%
- Yellow: 3.97%
Mudroom Floor Color Statistics
- Beige: 18.28% of mudrooms have a beige floor.
- Black: 3.07%
- Blue: 0.63%
- Brown: 35.59%
- Gray: 29.03%
- Green: 0.28%
- Multi: 7.75%
- Orange: 0.56%
- Pink: 0.14%
- Red: 1.81%
- Turquoise: 0.07%
- White: 2.58%
- Yellow: 0.21%
7. Mudroom Design Styles (Statistics)
Last, but not least when it comes to mudroom design is the style. Below are the percentages of mudroom styles based on analysis of 7,291 mudrooms.
- Contemporary: 13.01% of mudrooms are the contemporary style.
- Eclectic: 1.77%
- Modern: 4.48%
- Traditional: 31.43%
- Asian: 0.15%
- Beach Style: 4.10%
- Craftsman: 6.97%
- Farmhouse: 8.32%
- Industrial: 0.43%
- Mediterranean: 0.33%
- Midcentury: 0.85%
- Rustic: 4.73%
- Scandinavian: 0.51%
- Shabby-Chic Style: 0.14%
- Southwestern: 0.18%
- Transitional: 22.35%
- Tropical: 0.06%
- Victorian: 0.19%
8. Is a Mudroom important?
If you have kids, a mudroom is awesome. We have one and love it. Our previous home did not have one, which was okay because it was a large entry hall, but we only had one very young child then.
Now we have 2 active kids and the mudroom is great to have. FYI, we live in an area with long, wet winters so we must have all kinds of outdoor wear for our kids and the best place for stashing it all is in the mudroom.
9. What if you don’t have kids at home?
Obviously, it’s less important and it really depends then on your front entry design. If you have a closet in the front entry area, a mudroom isn’t necessary. However, you probably won’t bemoan having a mudroom even if you don’t have kids at home.
10. Mudroom Pros and Cons
- Keeps your foyer clean and welcoming for guests;
- Great storage for outdoor wear: coats, footwear, hats, bags, backpacks, etc.
- Dedicated space for getting ready for the outdoors;
- Often a convenient entry/exit point especially when off the garage;
- If well designed, can withstand outside elements such as water, dirt and snow;
- Added expense (more square footage means more cost);
- Another room to clean;
- If laundry room in the same space, it’s not the greatest location for clean clothes;
- Can be an expensive room if you go all out with custom cabinetry (but this can look fabulous);
- You may not actually use it and so it’s a waste. For example, if it’s off the garage and you don’t park in the garage, you may end up always entering/leaving the home via your main front entry.
- Back and Forth: If you use both front entry and mudroom, you may end up running back and forth retrieving items.
11. I Love Mudrooms
Our mudroom has problems, but it’s off the garage and we use it all the time. While it’s small, includes the laundry area and we don’t have those enviable lockers, it’s still a very handy space since we have young kids.
It helps keep our foyer clean for sure and it’s a place we can store much of the outdoor wear for the current season.