How to Design the Perfect Mudroom for Your Home

view of entire mudroom with wall storage, bench, and washer dryer room

Your mudroom might not be the first space you think about when it comes to designing your home, but it happens to be one of the most important! Designing the perfect modern mudroom means making it match the aesthetics of your home while also ensuring it’s as functional as possible. 

This space is used each and every day and can either make your life easy or a bit of a headache if it’s not designed properly! This is where your family will be taking off their mucky boots and hanging their jackets. It also might be the space you dry off the dog after a walk outside and store their things as well.

Design Tips for The Perfect Modern Mudroom

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If you’re looking to create the perfect mudroom but are feeling a little lost on where to start, you’ve come to the right place! We compiled all our best tips and tricks for creating a beautiful, yet functional modern mudroom that won’t leave you pulling your hair out when it comes to keeping it organized

So, whether your mudroom space is small or big, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s dive in!

Decide on the Function of Your Mudroom

A good place to start is by figuring out what you want your mudroom for. There are many different ways to make this space functional, but it should work to suit you and your family’s needs.


It’s very likely you’ll want to use your mudroom for storage of some kind. Set yourself up for success by including things like a one wall organizer (more on this later), shelves, hooks, cabinets, or whatever else is going to help things stay organized. The more storage you can include the better!

Laundry room

Your laundry room might also be your mudroom. Keeping this space functional is something that’s very possible to achieve if you have the right layout and make the right design choices. Include lots of hooks, baskets, and cupboards to store the various items needed for each of these spaces.

Drop zone

It’s very common for the mudroom to become the drop zone for jackets, coats, bags, umbrellas, pet accessories, and more! If this is the case, you’ll have to design the room for easy access to each of these things. Be sure to define your organization system so it’s easy for everyone to find what they need as they’re running out the door.

All of the above

If you need your mudroom to do it all, it’s definitely possible! Get creative with storage and things like a built-in bench or cubbies to store shoes and pet accessories. You can even assign certain baskets to each family member to ensure each person has a dedicated place for their things.

Choose a Layout That Suits Your Needs

After you’ve determined what you want your mudroom for, you can begin to start looking at the layout of the space. Here are some ideas!

One wall organizer

If you’re thinking about using a one wall organizer as your mudroom, it’s time to get creative! You’ll want to use every inch of space you have on the wall to make the most of it. Think about how much you have to store in the wall and include baskets, hooks, and cubbies so each and every item has a place to go.

Adding a piece of furniture to the wall, like a bench, can help add more structure and functionality.

Closet systems

If you’re going the closet systems route, you’ll likely have some room to play with when it comes to storage. Try incorporating shelving and hooks to make all of your stored items easy to access.

Our best tip is to choose to put your closet closest to the door you enter and exit from so it’s easy to get to everything as you’re coming and going. Make it as nicely organized as possible so it doesn’t end up causing you grief later on.

Entire rooms

Having an entire room to use as your mudroom means you’ll have a lot more space to play around with. Think about your basic needs as you’re planning out the layout of the room. You might be able to incorporate your everyday necessities with your laundry or even a pet station. 

Your mudroom also might be a great place to put a desk or an area for things like wrapping gifts.

Small space mudroom

You might have a dedicated space for your mudroom that’s on the smaller side. In that case, you might have to get a little bit more creative. Try simplifying what you have in mind and make sure functionality is your top priority. 

You can always use vertical space to help make the most of the space you do have!

Make Your Mudroom Functional and Aesthetic

Once you’ve determined the function and layout of your mudroom, it’ll be time to start thinking about the details! Here are some clever ideas that can be used in any type of mudroom!

Consider what’s going to be most practical

If your space is on the smaller side, you’re definitely going to want to think about needs before wants. What’s going to be most practical?

If it’s shoes and boots you’re trying to store then put that at the top of your priority list. You then might think about including a bench or seating area so it’s easy for people to get their shoes on.

Get the most out of your storage

Sure, you want to store the objects that you currently have. But you should boost your storage options beyond what you currently have. This extra space can be used for the extra things you collect or can store other things in your home. 

If you have an extra space that you’re not quite sure what to do with, make the most out of it with a pet bed or a piece of furniture.

Select your finishes wisely

You, of course, want your mudroom to look beautiful, but you also want it to stand the test of time. Choose finishes that can handle the dirt and wear and tear that’s going to get thrown their way. That includes the color of the walls and the material you use for the floors.

Make a space for your pup

If you have some extra space in your mudroom, it might be a good idea to use it as an area for your dog. You could add a cleaning station so it’s easy to clean them off after a muddy walk. You could also include storage just for them and their things or a dedicated space for feeding them.

Think about ventilation and heating

One thing you might not think about right away in your modern mudroom is the ventilation and heating. When wet items are put away, good ventilation is an absolute must!

It can also be a good idea to include underfloor heating so your shoes, clothes, and toes stay nice and cozy as you’re prepping to head out the door. It’s those extra touches that make all the difference!

Choose practical lighting

You want to be able to see the items in your mudroom. That means lighting is of utmost importance! Keep the lighting as light and bright as possible so everything is easy to see.

You could also include track lighting on the inside of your cubbies or choose a specific light color to help set the mood of the space.

Get creative with storage options

Your mudroom should have tons of different storage options which means cabinets and storage compartments are a necessity. Think about adding drawers to hold your smaller items and options for storing odd shaped things like umbrellas. The more options you have the better!

Add hooks for easy hanging

Hooks, hooks, and more hooks! You can never go wrong with having a bunch of hooks in your modern mudroom. This is where you can hang all your coats and jackets with ease.

Hooks are also a great way to save space rather than a clothing rod with hangers which can end up wasting a lot of precious space.

Start Designing the Perfect Modern Mudroom

Are you feeling inspired when it comes to creating the perfect modern mudroom for you and your family? We hope these tips are helpful when it comes to choosing the function and layout of your space and then choosing the details that will make it uniquely yours!

If you would like some help when it comes to designing and developing your modern mudroom, we have a variety of designers and experts to help. In fact, our knowledgeable and professional team is ready to listen to your needs and help you create a custom mudroom that you’re sure to love. You don’t need to worry about figuring out this space on your own when you have a team of experts on your side! 

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