5 Ways to Fake a Mudroom

That haphazard pile of coats and shoes near your front door isn’t going to cut it. Here’s how to create a functional and organized storage spot, even when you think you don’t have enough room.


Reclaim a Corner

Photo by A Beautiful Mess

If you don’t have enough space for a mudroom, clearing a spot in the corner of a room is a good solution. In this space, wood boards were hung on the wall, with the top board acting as a spot to display family photos and the bottom board holding coats, scarves, and bags. Stained wooden crates help to delineate the corner and store books, shoes, and garden tools.

Photo and idea from A Beautiful Mess. Find out more about the project here.


Turn a Hallway Into a Mudroom

Photo by Our Fifth House

A narrow hallway can serve another purpose other than connecting rooms. Hallway closet doors were removed to create a “command center” with a bench, hooks, baskets, and shelves. On the opposite wall, a giant chalkboard wall calendar keeps everyone on top of schedules and to-do lists.

Photo and idea from Our Fifth House. Take a look at the transformation here.


Designate a Spot in Your Garage

Photo by The Logbook

Make the most of every space in your house, even the empty spots that seem inconvenient or useless. The ramp in this garage became the perfect mudroom. Sheetrock was added to the walls to make the space more polished. Benches with outdoor fabric-covered cushions provide a spot to put on shoes, while hooks and baskets help corral jackets, shoes, and other small accessories. A striped accent wall and small decor trimmings complete the room.

Photo and idea from The Logbook. See the step-by-step makeover here.


Rethink Your Closet

Photo by Make It & Love It

An awkwardly shaped coat closet can be your solution to a mudroom-less house. In this small closet, the hard-to-reach rod was replaced with hooks and a bench and shelves were installed. Baskets help to organize small goods, while beadboard and trim both make the space seem more “finished.”

Photo and idea from Make It & Love It. See the full renovation here.


Create a Nook

Photo by The House of Smiths

A cozy nook can work as the perfect mudroom. A small, builder-grade closet was completely redone to open up the entryway: The door was removed and the doorframe was enlarged, then a bench and shelves were installed. The baskets and hooks provide functionality. Not only is this spot efficient, but the decor gives it an inviting style.

Photo and idea from The House of Smiths. See the whole makeover here.