85 Fantastic Mudroom Ideas (2018 Pictures)

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Mudroom area and coat rack with bench in foyer of home at bottom of stairs



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.

Mudroom Photos

What an absolute beauty of a mudroom this example is.  Look at all that storage and hook space for coats etc.  The white built-in includes a long bench with storage drawers underneath.  This is a dream mudroom.

What an absolute beauty of a mudroom this example is. Look at all that storage and hook space for coats etc. The white built-in includes a long bench with storage drawers underneath. This is a dream mudroom.

Not too shabby at all for a mudroom.  Shelves, cubbies, hooks, bench PLUS a sink, which can be a lot handier than you think when you need to wash filthy kids off.

Not too shabby at all for a mudroom. Shelves, cubbies, hooks, bench PLUS a sink, which can be a lot handier than you think when you need to wash filthy kids off.

Ironically most mudrooms are white, but here's a non-white mudroom example with plenty of natural wood, green walls and earth tone tiles.  It's plenty large, offers lots of storage and includes a sink.  It's totally closed off which can be good.

Ironically most mudrooms are white, but here’s a non-white mudroom example with plenty of natural wood, green walls and earth tone tiles. It’s plenty large, offers lots of storage and includes a sink. It’s totally closed off which can be good.

Here's a very small mudroom with a locker rack system for two people tucked into the corner of a small entryway.  The take-away here is you can add mudroom features in lots of places - not just a dedicated mud room space.

Here’s a very small mudroom with a locker rack system for two people tucked into the corner of a small entryway. The take-away here is you can add mudroom features in lots of places – not just a dedicated mud room space.

Here's a photo of the ultimate storage mudroom with coat rack, bench and a full wall of custom built wardrobe style storage areas for coats and all kinds of outdoor gear and apparel.

Here’s a photo of the ultimate storage mudroom with coat rack, bench and a full wall of custom built wardrobe style storage areas for coats and all kinds of outdoor gear and apparel.

Here's a different view of the above ultimate storage mudroom.  The window adds a lot of light which is nice and as you can see it's not a huge space but sure packs a lot of storage capacity.

Here’s a different view of the above ultimate storage mudroom. The window adds a lot of light which is nice and as you can see it’s not a huge space but sure packs a lot of storage capacity.

Here's another example of a mudroom with plenty of natural wood.  Notice it has real lockers with the bench on the opposing wall.

Here’s another example of a mudroom with plenty of natural wood. Notice it has real lockers with the bench on the opposing wall.

Unique small mudroom area with wall hooks and 3D cube storage shelves that look great with the green and white color scheme.  I think this is a great example of doing something different with the same functionality of a mudroom.

Unique small mudroom area with wall hooks and 3D cube storage shelves that look great with the green and white color scheme. I think this is a great example of doing something different with the same functionality of a mudroom.


White mudroom with long locker with lower bench.
White mudroom in new construction home.
Mudroom with wood as the dominant medium. Overall, this one has a smooth and flawless finish.
Tiled mudroom in a sleek and modern design. White as the dominant color in this one makes it look fresh and tidy.

Contemporary, regular-sized mudroom with tiled floor.
Traditional entry and mudroom with built-in seating and large rug over hardwood floors.

Source: Zillow DigsTM


Mudroom with built-in oak lockers and sink.
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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

Small mudroom example

Small mudroom example

b. Medium Sized Mudroom

Example of a medium-sized mudroom

c. Large Mudroom

Example of a large mudroom

Example of a 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.

Mudroom with open-faced built-in locker

Mudroom with open-faced built-in locker

b. Lockers with doors

Example of mudroom locker with doors.

Example of a mudoom locker 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

Example of mudroom with laundry facility inside

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.

Example of a mudroom with a sink

Example of a mudroom with a sink

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.

Example of a mudroom with great shoe storage

Example of a mudroom with great shoe storage

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.

Example of a mudroom with counterspace

Example of a mudroom with counterspace

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.

Example of mudroom with a bench.

Example of mudroom with a bench.

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

Mudroom with tile floor

Mudroom with tile floor

b. Hardwood floor in mudroom

Mudroom with hardwood floor

Mudroom with hardwood floor

6. Colors

White mudroom design

White mudroom design

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

Benefits

  • 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;

Disadvantages

  • 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.

See more entry way storage and organization ideas here.

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