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Tips for A Modern Mudroom Design

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For decades, mudrooms seemed to be long-lost artifact of olden farmhouses, but now the archaic home addition is making a comeback. A mudroom serves as an easily-cleaned room designed to keep rain, snow, and mud from getting inside your home. Mudrooms are often a standalone entrance or hallway, and they are extremely practical for homeowners who have children, pets or live in a wet and wild climate. These clean spaces are also a superb way to organize your coats, galoshes, umbrellas or anything else you often grab while heading out the door.

Here are a few tips for designing your own mudroom.

Use Easy-to-Clean Surfaces

Much like the name suggests, a mudroom is supposed to get dirty. It’s really the main goal. After all, who wants wet, grimy and sweaty clothes and shoes mucking up their house? As such, it’s important that your mudroom includes easy-to-clean surfaces that won’t be marred by dirt, water or general disarray.

Flooring: You’re going to want to choose non-slip tile or stone, vinyl installed on a moisture-proof substrate, or concrete. Don’t forget about mats and boot scrapers, too.

Shelving: Your shelves must be water-resistant, roomy and have enough airflow so things will dry. Ventilated wire and mudroom cabinets are great options.

Storage: Mudrooms often double as storage closets when the weather is dandy and the children are (relatively) clean. Having ample storage bins or cabinets can help make use of the space in an orderly fashion during the off season.

Mudroom’s Need Ventilation

Mudrooms often increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency because they’re transfer zones between the inside and outside temperatures. Ideal mudrooms always have two doors, one leading to the outside and another heading inside. Because the room is a temperature buffer zone, it needs to ventilate properly in order for clothing in the room to dry efficiently. Proper cooling, heating and ventilation will reduce the room’s humidity and prevent nasty scenarios like mildew and mold. If you don’t feel like installing heating and cooling vent into the mudroom then that’s entirely okay. According to Lowes, to improve airflow you can also:

Install a bath-type exhaust fan with a timer is effective, as long as it’s vented outdoors.

Use a heat lamp to ease the chill on winter days.

Make sure the entry and exit doors are airtight and secure.

Modern Mudroom Photo

Mudrooms don’t need to take up much space, the standard dimensions are usually between 6-foot by 6-foot and 7-foot by 9-foot, so they’re an easy addition for many homes. If space is a concern, the other option is to build (or buy) a mudroom bench. The benches are useful for storage, fairly easy to clean depending on what wood you use, and take up very little space.

Written by Jeremy Alderman

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