Love Your Mudroom

It’s the first thing you see when you come into your home, but you might not spend very much time in it.  Why would you?  It’s where your kids drop their coats and boots, and the very name conjures up visions of hectic mornings and past-due sweeping.  But with some creativity, some loving care, and the right renovation experience, your mudroom can be the true star of your living spaces.  As they say, start as you mean to go on, and your entryway should reflect your home and all its passions.  Here are some tips and ideas for sprucing up an often-underused space before the real muddy season sets in:

Make it Kid Friendly

With school starting up again and autumn rains just around the corner, your mudroom might be host to an even greater variety of clothing, bags, and assorted items than usual.  When your children are coming home for supper after a long day of school and activities, you can’t always count on them to properly fold and stow all their belongings.  That’s why a well-organized and specifically kid-friendly mudroom can save you time and energy in the long run, leaving you more opportunities to ask them just what exactly they have for homework tonight.  One easy and lasting solution is to place coat hooks at varying heights.  If your child doesn’t have to pull up a chair—or worse—ask an older sibling for help, they are much more likely to hang up their coat by themselves.  Likewise, making boot storage areas accessible and easy to open encourages responsibility and keeps the floor space clear and available for family use.

Making Use of the Space

Don’t think of your mudroom as just an entry or hallway.  It is a fundamental part of your home and can be used for a multitude of differing purposes.  Integrating varied storage types from a walk-in closet to under-bench cubbies encourages the family to linger in this first space.  Your flooring options should reflect your mode of life, as well.  Carpets and area rugs are not forbidden: having a warm and cozy corner in a busy space can create room for lasting memories, especially in families with small children and pets.  If your mudroom is also your laundry and cleaning space, this is all the more reason to make it an all-purpose room.  Get rid of the stress of doing a load of laundry while craning your neck to see what that suspicious silence is all about.  With custom benches or corner seating areas, your whole family can gather together and take part in the homemaking process.  Mudrooms are especially beautiful in both summer and winter.  As outward facing rooms, they let in the best of sunlight and all the splendid views nature has to offer.

At Miter Renovations and Design, we understand all the pressures that come with maintaining a beautiful home and vibrant family.  That is why we work with you through every step of the renovation process—to take one more thing off your mind.  To learn more about our home renovation and design services and to book a consultation, contact us today at Miter Renovations & Design.