Spruce Up Your Entryway with These Practical yet Beautiful Ideas
Home foyers and entries are the places in the home where you shed your coat, shoes, and belongings, shaking off the dust from your travels. It's where you transition from a place of high activity to more of a place of rest. Which is why it's important to have a space to contain that dirt and dust and hold your outdoor attire for another day: a mudroom.
Mudrooms are becoming more commonplace in homes of today, especially since they've transitioned from a space of utility to a more stylish feature of the home. With entryway furniture such as a mudroom bench, coat racks, and cubbies, the space combines style and functionality in a way that is unique to the house it's built in.
Spruce up your entryway with these mudroom ideas.
One way to spruce up an entry is by adding details. Say you have an foyer with a coat closet. Adding an interesting door to the closet brings interest to an otherwise mundane spot.
Of course, a coat closet is a useful item for a front closet, especially when visitors arrive. You don't have to gather coats and take them to a spot where guests will have to sort through them later. You just hang up the coats in the nearby closet, and the outerwear is easy to retrieve at the end of the day.
If you don't have a coat closet, you can makme do with a coat rack – a vintage one makes things interesting – and/or a bench with nearby coats hooks.
Take a glance at many of HGTV Joanna Gaines’s decor plans, and you're sure to see this feature in the front entryway of many of her designs.
The entryway bench provides a quick space for residents and guests alike to take a seat while pulling on their boots to head out into the world. Some of these benches provide cubbyholes that the owner can use for baskets of gloves and hats, storage for shoes, or a quick stash of gardening supplies.
The bench could simply be an arrangement of entryway furniture or a customized built-in – the possibilities are vast and varied from DIY projects to a personalized project.
A variance to the simple mudroom bench is the bench with board-and-batten or raised-anel backdrop, with a few coat hangers spaced evenly above. This provides even more storage during cold and rainy seasons, where your coat and shoes are all well within reach and stylishly add to the inviting warmth of the entry.
Top: Adorning the front entry of a home, this custome-made bench, with storage cubbies below, raised paneling, and coat hooks above, would complement a traditional or Colonial decor and is a practical solution to the absence of a front coat closet. Bottom: Another approach os to buy a premade piece of furniture like this bench with storge below and hooks above. And you can take it with you when you move (courtesy of Kohl's)!
No, these aren't the lockers that you used to stash your textbooks (and other items) in high school – although they could be. Mudroom lockers usually contain a bench of some sort and coat racks, although the coat racks are divided with a board to designate the space as separate.
Having the typical setup of lockers and bench, this mudroom is perfect for keeping everything organized and in its place. The sliding door at left beongs to the adjacent laundery room (Plan #202-1015).
Typically used in larger homes with families, these separate lockers provide a designated space so all of Jimmy's supplies are easily accessible right when he needs them. This not only saves the house from a lot of mud and wet footprints but also saves Jimmy's parents searching time because the backpack finally has a designated space.
The appeal of mudroom lockers is that they take up very little space and can thus be placed in a back laundry room or rear entry without using prime living areas.
The mudroom of this Country home with European flavor (top) is located off the attached 2-car garage. It is conveniently located near the laundry room and guest powder room and is equpped with lockers (bottom). As an organized corner tucked away from the more public areas, this mudroom ensures that the mess from daily ins and outs of family members stays confined to a manageable area (Plan #142-1204).
This style is perfect for homes with long hallways in a discrete section of the house. Cabinetry, benchs, shelving, coat racks and more may line the wall of the hallway, making use of space that might otherwise be wasted.
In this type of mudroom, one enters through a rear entrance where they take a seat on the entryway bench, removing their shoes and other belongings to store until a future time. There may even be shelves above the coat racks to provide extra space and storage for the homeowner. Becuase of the location, it would not be unusal for this kin of setup to be located near the laundry room.
This mudroom furniture (top) is designed to fit around the natural curvature of the corner in the mudroom of a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath Country style home. This arrangement uses otherwise inconvenient space in a highly practical way. The hall station is adjacent to the home's laundry room for convenience (Plan #153-1904).
There are a few things that every mudroom (whether tucked away in a hallway or featured at an entry) must have to be functional.
1 Easy-to-Clean Flooring
They call it a mudroom for a reason—it's going to be muddy. As well as wet, cold, and even a bit smelly at times. Rather than track the outdoors in onto carpet or difficult-to-clean rugs, make sure the floor itself is made from a durable, waterproof material.
Flooring for mudrooms include tile, sealed wood flooring, or even laminate. Many homes also create a concrete flooring with a lot of success. Whatever flooring you use, your top priority should be easy-to-clean.
2. Storage Space
One of the perks of having a mudroom is finally having the space to drop off your outdoor attire without getting the rest of the house dirty and cluttered. For this reason, you'll want to have ample storage space to hold your coats, shoes, and whatever else you'll need for your outdoor adventures.
You don't have to have all of this in the form of built-ins, however. You can use simple baskets and bins from Target or other home goods stores to hold your galoshes and gloves. In fact, bins and baskets could be just what your space needs to make the mudroom feel like the rest of the house.
3. Close to a Closet
There's no need to store out-of-season items in the open, however. Be sure to have a coat closet close by to store mittens and wooly things in the summer, and beach pails and sandals in the winter. Having a closet close by helps to keep all of the same types of equipment in the same general area, so you don't have to go searching for your heavy winter coat the first time it snows.
Top:For a house like this 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath luxury Arts & Crafts-influenced home, which has a front entry that leads directly to the grand Great Room, a mudroom is essential for day-to-day family traffic (Plan #202-1017). Bottom: This mudroom in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath Cottage style home, which is located at the entry from the attached garage (left-hand arrow), is not only secluded from the rest of the house but has a closet incorporated in it (right-hand arrow) for storage of larger items and out-of-season clothing (Plan #142-1067).
Nice-to-Have: Near a Laundry Room
For climates that are particularly susceptible to icky weather, you'll want a washer and dryer close by to cut back on stains. Imagine coming in from a day of yard work and dropping your clothes in the washer on the way to the shower. In a house like this one below, you can do just that.
This attractive waterproof flooring is perfect for a mudroom/laundry room combination like that shown in a rustic Country style home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. The interesting pattern hides messes from obvious view, and the ceramic material stands up to abuse and wear and tear – and of course, the laundry room is ready for soiled clothes and belongings (Plan #202-1016).
If you're looking to take your mudroom dreams to the next level, then you'll surely want to take a closer look at the suggestions we've brought to you – and browse the many plans with mudrooms that we have to offer.