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Mud Room Musts

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

There are a variety of different ways you can design and outfit your home, not the least of which is the mudroom. Obviously every room in your home is important, serving different functions and roles, but the initial impression that all of your guests receive when entering you home is in the mud room, an area which also serves several utilitarian functions.

For those of you not in the know, the mudroom is a hall that typically has a coat closet, hard and easily cleaned flooring as opposed to carpeting, and which generally serves as a transitional area between the outdoor and indoor areas. Yet as with any room in your home, you can do more with the mudroom than just provide the bare basics. In fact, there are three must-haves when it comes to your mudroom…

  1.     Go Big or Go Home

The mud room is a place where you and your guests will need as much space as possible to store outdoor clothing, including coats, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, and likely a few sundry items that are good to have available at your doorway, such as a snow shovel, snow salt, and other winter supplies. Having plenty of space to change and to store equipment of that sort is ideal for your mudroom.

Additionally, your mudroom should have enough space for sitting. A bench or chairs are great to take off and put on shoes, rather than sitting down on the (possibly dirty if recently used) floor. A mudroom should comfortable for you and your guests, and that means seating, which means space for seating!

  1.     Low Maintenance

By low maintenance, we mean ensuring that the materials you are using for the walls and floor are easily cleaned and not easily damaged. Your mud room’s floor will have dirt, water, snow, and whatever else might find its way onto the bottom of one’s shoe tracked all over it. Linoleum and tile are easily cleaned, while wood and laminate can be permanently damaged thanks to standing water or grit that has been ground into it. Similarly, the walls should be protected by a wainscot treatment or something similar. A surface that can be easily cleaned, such as one treated with certain paints, is ideal.

  1.     Light it Up

When you enter someone’s home, you don’t want to feel like you’re entering a cave. Your mudroom should be well-lit but not uncomfortably so; a gentle, natural light – from plenty of windows during the day and discreet but effective lighting during the night – is ideal.

Of course, that’s just the start! Remember: a first impression can only be made once. When it comes to your home, you want it to be the right one – but for your mudroom to still serve its purpose well

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com