Our big mudroom project is finally done and today’s the day I get to show you around! I wanted to take this time to share with you some of the great mudroom storage ideas we’ve come up with in here since functionality is really what this room is all about!
Everyone with a family is always looking for better mudroom storage ideas and we were too! Mudrooms are hard-working spaces that often become kind of dumping grounds as well for all kinds of things that families bring in and out of their homes on a daily basis. Our mudroom was especially in need of improvements because it was actually falling off the house! It started out as an old porch that wasn’t really supported properly, and then at some point many years ago before we owned the house it was enclosed even though it was already starting to sag at that point.
Starting on Our Mudroom Project
You can kind of get an idea of what we were working with from these photos, but it’s really hard to tell just how much the room was slanting away from the house. It really was a mess!
With this project, we basically removed the whole room from the house and rebuilt it as a new, fully interior room with proper support, insulation, electrical, and all that good stuff. We started this project back at the end of summer and we managed to get the basic shell of the room built and enclosed with new windows and doors before the snow started flying. Of course, as luck would have it, it was an unusually cold winter this year so we didn’t get as much done during those months as we normally would have been able to. AND THEN. When things started to melt we discovered that there was a tiny leak in our new metal roof. We got that fixed up and then we were all set to get the insulation, electrical, and drywall put in place.
A few weeks ago you saw how we installed the Warmly Yours heated flooring in the space, and then I gave you a little sneak peek of how the beautiful KraftMaid Cabinetry looked as we were installing it. Check out that last link for a rundown of some of my ideas to think about when you’re in the design process for a mudroom as well! If you’re wondering about why I made some of the design choices in this room, you’ll find your answer there!
The room is now all complete with trim and paint, and we’re fully moved-in! Not only does this room look beautiful and welcoming, it actually stores a ton of our stuff! 🙂
Some of my Favourite Mudroom Storage Solutions
As I’ve said before, my very favourite feature is the long benches that we now have in here. These are just so practical for so many everyday reasons. We feel like we almost have endless space now to put things down when our arms are full or to set things out that we want to remember for the next day. It’s amazing. 🙂
We went with this super durable painted finish in Greyloft from KraftMaid for all of the cabinetry and the tops as well. This is the same finish and color that we used on our master bathroom project a few years ago and we’ve been so happy with it, so we used it again! We get so many compliments on this color so I’d definitely recommend it. 🙂 The bin pulls and knobs that we used are also available from KraftMaid and they’re called the Fordham collection.
I’m also really excited about all of this incredible drawer space we have now! We have so much room for storing all kinds of things that didn’t really have a dedicated home before.
Things like shoes!
Don’t you just love the beautiful maple interiors of these drawers? To be honest, our shoe drawers are not usually this tidy, but they still always look so nice because the drawer interiors are just so pretty and spacious!
We also have a drawer for sports gear.
You may remember that I had a little garden caddy set up for my gardening stuff in my last mudroom post about getting the space set up for springtime.
Well, once we started moving our stuff into the cabinets in here, I realized I actually had extra drawer space now that winter’s over and our hats and gloves are all put away. So now I have a little gardening tool drawer too!
It’s so handy to be able to just grab a trowel and a pair of gloves on my way out the door if I have some little gardening task that I want to get to quickly.
The little drawers are one of my favourite clever little features that we added in.
We really do have a place for just about everything!
Mudroom Storage Ideas for DIYers
All my DIYing friends will appreciate this one.
We incorporated this low cubby area so we could have somewhere to charge our phones that was tidy and hidden away, but we made the cubby extra wide so that it would actually accommodate all of the things we end up needing to charge in this house on a regular basis, not just phones. Of course this could mean tablets and laptops, but in this house it also means power tools! This is an idea I’ve never seen before so I’m pretty excited about how practical it is for us. 🙂
Our garage is detached and we don’t always want to run out to the garage to grab a new battery for the drill, so we almost always have at least 2 power tool battery chargers set up someone in the house. And they’re usually in the way. Now with this giant charging area, we always have all of our batteries close at hand, but they’re also tucked away and super tidy at all times.
More Mudroom Storage Ideas
These upper cubbies have been so handy for things like hats, garden gloves, and pet accessories so far this spring, but honestly they’re still mostly empty because they’re just so big! It’s almost as if we have too much storage space in here! 🙂 I know that they’ll definitely be filled with mittens and scarves in the winter and we’ll be so glad to have so much space to keep them all tucked away.
It’s been so fun for me to finally have space for a real entryway table as well. (Chris made this one 7 years ago out of barn wood from a barn that used to be behind our house!) I love having it set up with a nice lamp and a few decorative items to really make the space feel welcoming for everyone who enters.
Our rain boots are getting pretty much daily use these days, so I just tucked them in these crates to keep them tidy.
This project was definitely a big one but I’m so happy with how everything turned out and all of the mudroom storage ideas that we’ve used. Everyone’s been so excited to use the new mudroom that getting the kids ready to head out the door in the morning has been such a breeze! 🙂
What clever mudroom storage ideas have you come up with that have worked really well for your family?
Thank you so much to KraftMaid for supplying the amazing cabinetry for this project!
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