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
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.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Incorporate Closed Storage
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.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Make Your Own Key Holder
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.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Repurpose a Dresser
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.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Include Bench Seating
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.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Convert a Coat Closet
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.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Have a Designated Mail Spot
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.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Hang a Set of Low Hooks for Kids
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.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Maximize Vertical Space
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.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Give Everyone Their Own Space
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.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Maximize Small Space
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.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Use Baskets and Open Shelves
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.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Convert an Ikea Bookshelf
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.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Create a Mudroom Underneath the Stairs
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.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Build a Command Center
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.