Create a Functional Mudroom

If utter chaos greets you at the door, stop the insanity with a mudroom designed to restore order for families constantly on the go.

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  • Making a Mudroom

    As far as hardworking spaces go, it's hard to beat a mudroom when it comes to performance per square foot. For laundry, ironing, memos, and mail, this room makes every inch count. There's a utility sink for cleaning muddy shoes, and storage cabinets and cubbies appear at every turn. A stacked, energy-efficient washer and dryer save on space and utility bills.

  • Hidden Treasure

    This space-savvy wall cabinet conceals a nice-size, drop-down ironing board. Tip: To ease ironing chores, run an electrical outlet behind the cabinet and access by cutting through the cabinet back

  • DIY Clothespin Caddy

    This DIY clothespin caddy coordinates with the room's palette and provides a handy place to stash laundry accessories.

  • Save the date

    A large memo board holds notes, schedules, to-do lists, and kid's artwork. To make the board, a sheet of galvanized metal was cut by a metal fabricator to fit the front of the narrow cabinet that stows a drop-down ironing board. This make-it-yourself calendar is fashioned from scrapbooking paper that flaunts a fun shape, preprinted calendar, and stitching. Just stamp or write the months and days, then punch two holes in the top, string with ribbon or twine, and hang.

  • Locker Room

    We moved this wall 3 feet into the garage to claim more space for this formerly cramped back entry. Custom locker units fit perfectly into the bumped-out space. A modern leaf-pattern wallpaper adds designer style and sets the lively color scheme in motion. Baskets above and drawers below alternate holding seasonal items, and the deep bench is a handy drop zone or convenient place to sit when slipping on or off shoes. A smart choice underfoot, the slatelike ceramic floor tile is durable and easy to clean.

  • Shoe Slider

    Full-extension drawer glides on these trays make shoes easy to reach -- even those tucked way back.

  • Grow & Grow

    To make the most of this odd vertical opening, the space was trimmed out and divided with four adjustable shelves and a small cabinet at the bottom. Now the space multitasks as a mail station, cat commode, and general catchall for frequent-use items. On the adjacent wall, stock cabinets accommodate a built-in hamper and provide oodles of storage for detergents, towels, ironing supplies, pet products, and more. To learn how to make the ruler growth chart, see the next slide.

  • Room to grow

    Derived from a vintage measuring tape, this growth chart is easy to make. Download and print the pages from justsomethingimade.com on ink-jet canvas paper, following blogger Cathe Holden's directions. Make name labels by stamping canvas strips with kids' names. Cut felt pieces a little larger than the canvas strips, then glue both pieces to a hair clip. Tip: Be sure printer settings aren't set to "scale item to fit page."

  • Pet Storage

    Though this space handles a grown-up workload, kids and furry friends are not forgotten. Hide a litter box out of sight inside a cabinet. Franklin the cat slips easily in and out of an opening cut in the cabinet door.

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    Mail Center

    Mail slots -- one for each member of the family -- hold magazines, homework, bills, and more. Use a router to make grooves in shelves, then insert vertical dividers. A compact charging station keeps phones and cameras charged and ready to go. An electrical outlet is installed in the wall nearby.

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    Create an organized entryway with a bookcase. Watch and see how.

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