Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Mudroom

The mudroom has become an increasingly important space in home design. This space has transitioned over the years from nothing more than a small hallway with a coat closet into a zone that serves multiple needs. I now spend much time thinking about the function of the mudroom zone in our home designs.

Here are a few of the potentially important features of the mudroom zone:
  1. A Bench - Where you can sit down and put on your boots.
  2. Lockers - A place where you can quickly drop off your coat and hat.
  3. Dump Desk - A storage space for dropping off the mail or briefcase.
  4. Powder Room - The mudroom zone is a great place for the powder room because it is a more "discreet" location and convenient on your way in or out of the house.
  5. Laundry Area - The mudroom zone is a great place for the laundry. This space is convenient to the activity areas of the house, but since it is "around the corner" it is a bit more acoustically separated. Hanging storage for the laundry can sometimes double to serve as a coat closet area.
  6. Second Entry - The mudroom zone typically will function as the space you enter from the garage. If the plan layout allows it can also serve as the primary "family entry" from the outdoors. This way the kids don't have to open the garage door to come inside, or worse yet use the front door.
  7. Windows - The mudroom zone is an important space, so access to natural daylight here is as important as any other room.
  8. Beauty - The mudroom does not to be a "utilitarian" space. It is an important space, so why shouldn't it look as good as the rest of the house?

The image below illustrates a custom cabinet that provides lockers with bench and cubby storage on one side, and provides hanging storage for the laundry area on the other side.

The image below illustrates a typical new multi-functional mudroom designed by Ron Brenner. The bench area is outfitted with hooks above for coat hanging, storage drawers below and cubbies above. A taller cabinet serves as a "dump desk". A powder room is discreetly located behind the storage area. Durable slate tile flooring is installed. The family entry door is just out of view to the right, also washing the mudroom with natural light. A separate stairway leads to a "private getaway" located above the garage. You can also see the kitchen is conveniently located around the corner.


  1. Great post about mudrooms! Thanks for that!

  2. well done, I have designed many mudrooms, and both examples are very thoughtfully laid out, and the simple materials used are presented in a straightforward manner. perfect execution! thanks for a wonderful site.

  3. Nice mudrooms. I wish to design one like this. Thanks....

  4. Hi- Could you please tell me what tile was used for the floor in the mud room designed by Ron Brenner? I would love to use the same tile. Thank you!

  5. Anonymous - the flooring in that mudroom is a 12" square slate tile. I don't have the exact model number but your flooring supplier can help you find something similar.