Okay, you guys, I have to admit it.
I’m kind of obsessed with mud rooms.
I’m talkin’ about dreamy, huge, beautiful, white panelled mudrooms full of custom built perfectly organized cabinetry.
So, in other words, I’m obsessed with a dream.
A dream that likely never-will-be within the confines of the 4ish’ by 10′ hallway/mudroom/laundry room that we have.
And, I know…. I know I should be grateful to even have a main floor laundry room. Or a mud room (if you can call hooks on the wall a mud room). Or an attached garage. Those are all really wonderful things that we are so lucky to have.
But I have to tell you. Our space is not all that functional right now. And even though it might not seem like a big deal; having our mud room/entry area so disorganized and non-functional causes me a lot of stress.
It feels like it’s constantly getting jammed up with junk. The laundry countertop ends up becoming a drop zone. The hooks get overloaded. It’s a depository for all things ‘waiting’. It’s basically the purgatory of our house.
So, there are definite issues.
But instead of venturing into that dreamland-of-mudrooms and filling this post with stunning custom outfitted mudrooms the size of my main floor, I’m going to stay focused on problem solving for small mud room and entry spaces. Like we have.
So, while I’ll be back tomorrow to share our laundry room organizational makeover… it may take me an extra day or two to reveal the mud room. It’s definitely still a work on progress.
For now… let’s do some research, shall we?
Let’s study up on ideas and inspiration for how to carve out an efficient and organized entry or mud room in a small space!
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This week’s challenge is our Laundry Room and Mud Room. These two spaces don’t necessarily go together in all homes; so I’m trying to treat each of these issues separately. I shared 20+ beautiful and organized small laundry rooms the other day; and today I’m focusing on small space organized mud rooms and entries. You can see even more fabulous inspiration and ideas on my Pinterest Board: Mud Room Organization and Inspiration.
Here are some of my favourites…
I don’t know what exactly it is about this mud room and (I’m assuming) laundry room combo, but overtime I see this picture Via houzz my heart jumps. Does it have effect same effect on you? I know it might not qualify as “small”, but I figured the actual mud room/entry bench is fairy small so you definitely could adapt this design to a smaller space.
If you don’t have built-ins then a beautiful piece of cabinetry in a fun colour might be a great way to go to add extra storage and function to your entry – like this stunning piece Via Simply Seleta. I like how she has combined a bit of a mail/command center area here as well.
Such a simple and custom little corner that now acts as a mud room or back entry Via Modern Jane
OK, so this might be verging on the dream-mudroom-world… just a little. But I couldn’t help it – it’s not too big and look how much storage and function there is!! #allthehearteyes Via HGTV
Over at The House of Smiths they turned a front closet into a mudroom area – or at least into an organized and functional entry spot. I love the pullout wooden drawers and the storage bins and baskets above the bench as well. You’ll want to see how they started -it’s a pretty amazing change!
Want instructions on how to make your own beautiful DIY Entry Bench? You can get them over at House Updated
Or for a tiny little corner – get the details Via Lumberjocks
I love how simple she kept things at 320 Sycamore – shoe buckets, hooks, and baskets! Brilliant, thrifty, and so functional!! My kids throw their shoes all over anyhow, they might as well be in a bucket!
I love how much function was packed into this one little wall – and with such beautiful character Via bhg – a simple rustic bench with basket storage below it; the umbrella stand, and pretty but functional runner rug, and totally creative wall hooks! Brilliant.
See! It takes up such a small amount of space – but there is so much storage available in a built-in unit like this one Via The House Diaries
This storage area screams functional, if somewhat less pretty then others… the layers of wall hooks, and narrow cabinetry with drawers, cubbies, and narrow depth hanging space is actually a brilliant way to create a mini mud room storage area in a narrow space. Via Lowes Canada
Everything that Lucy at Craftberry Bush does is beautiful; but this huge thrift storage piece that she turned into an entry cabinet is also super functional. The big space below the bench could be used for all kinds of practical storage, and the space above could be for a mix of pretty and functional. Sometimes free-standing pieces are the way to go.
I love this Ikea Hack Via Pinterest (if you know the original source let me know) – Billy Bookcases and a shoe bench?? Thrifty and easy to find- plus simple to move around if needed.
One of my favourite creative and colourful entries – I love these painted crate shoe storage shelves Via The Verden Blogspot
Clean, efficient, functional, and pretty. Plus, how fun is that hit of wallpaper? Via bhg
Talk about using even the most narrow of spaces for something practical; I’m beyond impressed with this wall unit Via The Creativity Exchange
Cute chalkboards and a giant photo of the even-cuter owners of those backpacks?? Yes please!! A great backpack station Via I’m BatMom
Another entry lost turned mud room- the crates are brilliant; as is the feature wall. I love the additional storage above the bench too. Via Elizabeth Joan Designs
This Ikea Hack of Billy bookcases takes things to the next level by adding some doors to the units; and who would have thought to use an Ikea Billy wall unit as a bench? Maybe you don’t want to sit on it after a turkey dinner, but it looks like a great little spot for kids to get ready. Via Really Renata
You can carve out a functional spot in even the tiniest of areas as she proves with this 3′ width of wall over at Downright Simple
Once again, a free standing unit can be a great alternative to a big, expensive, custom built in – like this DIY Entry Hall Tree Bench Via Shanty 2 Chic
The chalkboards in the paneling add an extra fun and personal touch to this mud room bench Via Nifty Thrifty Momma – and I love the big bins below for shoe storage.
It’s amazing how much you can jam into one tiny cabinet if you are organized – I love this bookcase turned mini mud-room cabinet Via Lookie What I Did
Or build your own custom shoe shelf bench with detailed plans Via Her Tool Belt
I think I might just love this one because of the blue door? Plus it shows how simple it can be – with the hooks on the wall and a boot tray. Via Houzz
I love this built in bench Via Freckles Chick – in fact, I think something like this would be perfect for our mud room alcove.
Over at Golden Boys & Me they used Ikea Hemnes units to create a built in mud room area in their back entrance, and the cabinetry looks amazing!
I thought this was a fabulous idea for damp shoes in the winter (is it just us who have shoes to dry almost every day after school?). Shoe Rack Hooks Via Pinterest
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