How To Make a Mini (But Mighty!) Makeshift Mudroom

How To Make a Mini (But Mighty!) Makeshift Mudroom

Dabney Frake
Jun 3, 2015

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.

(Image credit: Nalle's House)

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.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

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.

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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.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

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.

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