Call it an entryway or a hall, but we've always liked the casual, laid-back connotation of the word mudroom. It implies that you might have children, a pet, or just an ability to deal with a little dirt tracked into your home. Here are some of our favorite sources for hardworking and affordable mudroom essentials.
These started out in England as garden buckets, but they've found their way into the American market as multi-purpose pieces that can be used as laundry baskets or storage bins. Made from colored plastic in 15 colors, tub trugs start around $10.
Gardener's Supply Company
This online shop specializes in tools for gardeners, but they've got an extensive selection of affordable indoor items made to withstand heavy wear. Their washable rugs and runners start around $20.
The rounded edges on CB2's Clip 9-Hook Coat Rack make it stylish and kid-friendly at the same time. The double-stacked design holds more bags and coats, while the simple powdercoated steel construction keeps it inexpensive at $30.
They sell their home organization products through retail partner shops and an online store, where you can find a nice selection of coat hooks, clocks, and home organizers. A few of these Recycle Logo Wastebaskets ($15) would make a cute home recycling station.
They have so much stuff that shopping there can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Go prepared with a list, or you can end up with a bunch of stuff that'll end up in the donation pile next year. We like their mesh metal bins, like the $40 rolling bin, shown left.
This Japanese megastore is a good source for a minimalist entryway. Think lucite boxes, white bins, and linen bags. Prices are affordable, and with locations in New York and a US website, they're more accessible than they've been in the past.
Shaker peg rail looks good, you can wrap it around a room, and it works for hanging coats, shopping bags, or anything you can put on a peg. This Massachusetts-based store sells peg rail by the linear foot, and you buy it pre-assembled or save money by purchasing a DIY kit.
It's kind of an obvious store to add to the list, but it's a great source for affordable storage bins, shoe racks, and coat hangers. Scan the hallway section of their site for ideas. The rack shown left is the $40 Tjusig.
Apartment Therapy editor Aaron Able's guide to cheap closets offers information on RubberMaid, IKEA, ClosetMaid, Easy Track, and Martha Stewart systems — almost all of these are affordable and available through big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's.
G.U.S. Great Useful Stuff
This webshop carries home organizers and cell phone charging stations by Kangaroom Storage, Alice Supply Company, and other affordable modern brands. The Cell Phone Charging Station shown here is a basic design that sells for $18.
Photo: IKEA Hallway