Do you dream of a place where you can sit down, take off your dirty shoes, hang up a wet umbrella, and store your rain jacket — all before truly setting foot in your house? Then you need a mudroom. You might not think you have the space for one, but even the tiniest of spots can be transformed into a pint-size powerhouse that stores all your stuff and keeps it organized.
Amp Up a Closet
This Swedish home (lead image above) seen on Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör took over an awkward space under the stairs in their entryway and created more than a coat closet. It has a padded place to sit and take off shoes, a key cabinet, and plenty of space for coats and bags.
Give Everything Its Own Special Spot
Anu of Nalle's House shared her own mini mudroom, which was made out of a converted closet by their home's backdoor. It gained multiple storage options, including bins, hooks, and cubbies — so everything has a perfectly suitable home.
Choose Flexible Furniture
You don’t need a full built-in bench for it to work. This entryway from Better Homes & Gardens uses a folding stool that can be put away when not in use.
You might have to search for the perfect thing, or build something custom in order to fit what you need in the space. Elsie of A Beautiful Mess configured a couple of crates so they just fit in a corner.
Convert What’s Already There
This family took advantage of an existing feature — in the form of their stairway — and made the most of it with hooks and built-in drawers. The steps are also readymade seating. From Better Homes & Gardens.