A mudroom doesn't have to be a single room; it can be a cluster of hardworking spaces. An adjacent pantry, laundry room, or closet for brooms, mops, vacuums, and cleaning supplies can all create a center for household management.
List the things your family takes in and out of the house every day, then outfit your entry space accordingly. Include a cabinet, cubby, locker, or set of hooks for each family member. Additional cabinets for miscellaneous items come in handy, too.
Include a message center or desk area in your entryway. Save space with a cabinet that combines a chalkboard or a bulletin board—or both. You'll have a convenient communication hub and a place to organize photos, coupons, and flyers.
Pick surfaces that can withstand the tests of time and the elements. Stone or tile floors and laminate cabinets will still look good after years of exposure to wet raincoats and muddy boots.
Design your space with family in mind, but consider the needs of guests when they come to visit. Include a few extra hooks for your guests' coats and bags. Add a bench as a comfortable perch for taking off and putting on shoes.
An entryway can double as a hub for your furry friends. Install hooks for leashes and make room for baskets of toys. A durable rug brightens up the space and protects from wet paws.
When summer comes, you won't want to dig past boots and scarves to get to flip-flops and water wings when the pool is calling your name. Make a plan to transition your mudroom for the season and stow off-season gear in another location.