15 Creative Mudroom Storage Ideas

Built-in mudroom by staircase

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Who doesn't want more storage for their entryway? In reality, you don't need a ton of square footage in your home to have a mudroom. Carving out even a small mudroom area in your home will provide more storage space and functionality.

Regardless of your current layout, the following mudroom storage ideas are meant for homes of all sizes. Follow some of these trusty mudroom tips to transform your main entryway into an area that will work for your family.

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    Use Hooks Instead of Hangers

    mudroom bench with hooks above
    Liz Marie Blog

    Most coat closets have tension rods or bars for hanging storage. Consider revamping your coat closet into a mudroom space and remove the bars, much like Liz did from Liz Marie Blog. Hooks are more durable for hanging heavy coats, and it's quicker and more convenient to toss a coat on a hook when you come in the door instead of having to reach for a hanger. 

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    Incorporate Closed Storage

    Mudroom storage cubbies
    Sunny Side Up

    To make your mudroom as attractive as possible, mix in cubbies with closed storage like Erin did from Sunny Side Up. Keep any unsightly items inside the closed units to keep your mudroom looking clutter-free at all times.

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    Make Your Own Key Holder

    Mudroom key holder
    Lolly Jane

    If you're lacking a spot for keys in your mudroom, consider following Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane by DIYing an eclectic key holder. You can keep it simple by making key holders out of flat frames, trays, letterpress drawers, reclaimed wood, or just about anything else that will fit small screw-in hooks. 

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    Repurpose a Dresser

    DIY entry console for mudroom storage

    Jaime Costiglio

    If you have a small entryway, consider using a dresser like Jaime Costiglio did to keep your shoes and accessories organized. Assign each drawer to a person, or remove the drawers and put baskets inside instead. Use the opposite wall to hang hooks to complete the space.

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    Include Bench Seating

    Mudroom storage bench ideas
    Lela Burris

    A mudroom functions much more smoothly when there is a place to sit to put on and take off shoes. If you opt for an open bench like this one from Lela Burris, add baskets or shoe mats underneath for storage. If a built-in won't work in your space, you can also use an ottoman that has storage space.

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    Convert a Coat Closet

    mudroom converted from a closet
    What Karly Said

    If you live in an older home, chances are you have a coat closet at the front entrance instead of a more contemporary mudroom. Take off the doors to the closet, build in a bench, and then add some hooks like this mudroom from What Karly Said. Keeping this space open helps to prevent it becoming a place where you can hide clutter.

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    Have a Designated Mail Spot

    Mail organizer for mudroom
    Noodlehead

    Make sure there is a place in your mudroom where you can process mail as it comes into the home. Junk mail can end up cluttering dining room tables, coffee tables, and beyond if you don't have a specific system to organize it the moment it comes in the door. This mail organizer from Noodlehead hangs on the wall to easily store mail and keep it off surfaces.

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    Hang a Set of Low Hooks for Kids

    Mudroom storage for kids

    I'm Batmom

    Think about who will be using the mudroom space the most and what type of things they will store there. If you have school-age children, hang hooks low enough for them to reach like this space from I'm Batmom. Have them keep all their school supplies, backpacks, coats, and outerwear on their designated hook.

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    Maximize Vertical Space

    mudroom with shelving
    Modern Jane

    Don't underestimate the function of tall shelving in an entryway or mudroom area, as seen in this mudroom from Modern Jane. ​​Store items up high that you don't need on a daily basis, such as out-of-season clothing. You can also use these shelves to display some decor, which will help the mudroom blend in with the style of your home.

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    Give Everyone Their Own Space

    mudroom storage space

    Emily A. Clark

    If you have a large family, designate a mudroom spot for each member like Emily A. Clark did. You can even label cubbies and bins, so your family gets in the habit of putting things back where they belong. This system creates accountability and makes keeping things organized a team effort. It's also much easier to find what you're looking for when storage is labeled.

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    Maximize Small Space

    small mudroom storage
    Downright Simple

    Sometimes you might not even have room for a dresser in your entryway. If that's the case, consider the space adjacent to your main door. It's possible to utilize small spaces to make a chic mudroom like this space from Downright Simple. Install a narrow shelf and hooks, so you can keep jackets, keys, and purses near the entry. 

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    Use Baskets and Open Shelves

    Mudroom storage with baskets

    Nina Hendrick Design Co.

    If you don't have the option for closed storage, store items such as shoes and gloves inside attractive baskets like this mudroom from Nina Hendrick. Make sure each basket has a specific purpose, and label it if necessary. The best way to keep mudroom storage organized is to make sure everything has a place.

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    Convert an Ikea Bookshelf

    Mudroom storage with bookcase
    Golden Boys and Me

    Repurposing a shelving unit for a mudroom serves a dual purpose. In this mudroom from Golden Boys and Me, the cubbies near the floor are great for storing shoes and other items, and the shelves can also function as a bench. Just be sure you utilize a strong shelving unit, and attach it to the wall.

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    Create a Mudroom Underneath the Stairs

    Mudroom under the stairs
    Boston Design Guide

    If your stairway is located close to your entryway, consider reimagining that space for mudroom storage. This idea from Boston Design Guide requires a bit of construction, but it's a clever way to put unused space to work. If you don't have access to space under the stairs, consider hanging a coat rack on the wall by the stairs and adding a bench beneath it.

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    Build a Command Center

    Mudroom command center
    Hobby Lobby

    Having a command center like this one from Hobby Lobby with a calendar, to-do list, grocery list, and other planning items is an excellent way to remember appointments and other important meetings. To create a space in your mudroom for a command center, use chalkboard paint and some old frames. Or opt for a corkboard instead to store important documents and notes.