11 Ways to Create a Modern Mudroom in Your Home
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11 Ways to Create a Modern Mudroom in Your Home

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By Kate Nelischer
Deciding to have a mudroom in your home could be one of the most important decisions you make, especially if you have a busy family or waves of guests coming in and out. In fact, this functional area can play two roles—one that's all about organizing and one that provides a welcoming entrance to your home.

Often strewn with jackets, boots, umbrellas, and whatever else is immediately dropped at the door, mudrooms are catch-alls that help the rest of the home remain clutter-free. Take a look at these examples that show multiple interpretations of the mudroom—whether it's a dedicated space that's blocked off from the rest of the home, or just a makeshift corner that gets the job done with just a few organizational elements.

Copper-Lined Trough for Wet Ski Equipment

Interior designer: Vicki Simon, Location: Lake Tahoe, California 

Vicki Simon led the renovations of this 912-foot vacation loft for a family that wanted a clean, modern, and bright-blue space. To maximize the small area, Simon included plenty of built-in storage, including a setup in the mudroom. A cobalt blue door leads directly into a small entryway that’s lined with custom cabinets for the family’s skis, hats, boots, and jackets. Created by David Amble Cabinetry, the trough is lined with copper so that the family can put their wet skis inside.


Exposing Raw Materials and Celebrating Imperfections

Architect: Ryan Young, Location: Orlando, Florida

From the architect: "This four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, 4,000-square-foot home is located in downtown Orlando on land that once housed a mission-revival style-Catholic monastery. While designing his family’s home, architect Ryan Young’s introspection developed into a modern experiment with materials: exposed steel beams and raw steel accents, polished concrete floors complete with natural cracks, beautiful walnut and cherry woods not covered with stain but left natural with exposed knots and imperfections, coquina (shell) features indigenous to Florida and to the original monastery structure, and a few signature accents of Cor-Ten steel—which is a curiosity to watch as it changes and patinas to a beautiful earthen amber."

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Graphic Rubber Boot Tray
Protect your entryway floors from wet and dirty footwear with this watertight boot tray, each one cast in recycled rubber. Featuring a minimal, Scandinavian-inspired design, inspired by Scandinavian aesthetic, it’s a practical addition to the winter home.
Blu Dot Splash Coat Rack
Who says utility can’t be attractive? This stylish coat rack crafted out of powder-coated steel and solid walnut makes a nice addition to any entryway.
Nelson Platform Bench - Metal Leg
George Nelson’s Platform Bench (1946) is one of the great icons of midcentury modernism. For Herman Miller’s influential design director, utility was as important as beauty, and his spare rectangular bench is the result of this belief.

Architect: Omer Arbel Office, Location: Vancouver, Canada 

23.3 House was designed by Omer Arbel Office to highlight its location in the rural landscape outside Vancouver. The home's dramatic angles are mimicked in the mudroom, where each family member is allocated her and his own backlit shelf for shoes.


Storage With Views of the Grand Teton Mountains

Architect: Abramson Teiger Architects, Location: Jackson, Wyoming

This home takes full advantage of the view of the Grand Teton mountain range and is built so that the residents can enjoy the landscape. The views aren't forgotten in the mudroom, which includes a large window above a solid wood bench, built-in storage, ski boot warmers, and concrete floors.


Filled With Custom Furniture and Natural Light

Architect: Ruhl Walker Architects, Location: Boston, Massachusetts

This apartment in the Back Bay area had fallen into disrepair and needed substantial work before the new owner could move in. He called upon Ruhl Walker Architects to lead renovations, which included building a new atrium that would flood the entire apartment with light, including the lower mudroom. The architects also designed the custom furniture throughout the home, including the bench seen here.

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Skagerak Cutter Bench
In the 1990s, Danish designer Niels Hvass became a leader in the Nordic design scene by creating furniture that earned him awards and recognitions from Bo Bedre, Georg Jensen and The Design Foundation.
Gubi Matégot Coatrack
The Mategot Coat Rack may seem alien upon first sight, but it becomes quite the compelling and eye catching wall furnishing once mounted.
Nelson Platform Bench
George Nelson’s Platform Bench (1946) is one of the great icons of midcentury modernism. For Herman Miller’s influential design director, utility was as important as beauty, and his spare rectangular bench is the result of this belief.

Architect: Cass Calder Smith, Location: Palo Alto, California

Architect Cass Calder Smith was inspired by traditional Japanese entryways (called genkans) when designing this mudroom. The entryway is sunken slightly from the floor of the main living space, prompting visitors to remove and store their shoes before entering.


Sustainably-Sourced and Wood-Paneled

Architect: ZeroEnergy Design, Location: Lexington, Massachusetts

This family residence was designed by ZeroEnergy Design with sustainability in mind—the home uses local materials and "consumes approximately 85-percent less energy than a comparable home built to the current energy code," says Stephanie T Horowitz, AIA Managing Director. The wood-paneled mudroom seen here connects to a spare bedroom for visiting family members.

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Knoll Wassily Chair
Some designs never age, and the Wassily Chair by Knoll is the perfect case study in this brand of timelessness. Framed in tubular steel, it's a characteristic creation of designer Marcel Breuer, who became intrigued with this material after purchasing his first bicycle.
Ercol Von Bench with Leather Seat Pad
Iceland native Hlynur Atlason was a political science major when he was invited to attend an open house at Parsons Paris, a branch of the New York school. “There were all these people doing these really interesting things in art,” he recalls.
MASHstudios LAX Storage Bench
Forged in MASHstudios Founder Bernard Brucha’s modern, clean aesthetic, the Storage Bench combines Solid English walnut construction with a charcoal grey sliding felt seat. The Storage Bench is a perfect welcome piece for any home or office design.

Architect: Koji Tsutsui, Location: Tokyo, Japan

Another under-the-stairs mudroom, this home was designed for the client by his friend and architect Koji Tsutsui. The small house consists of a series of cantilevered concrete boxes, starting at the ground level with the minimal entryway with storage that leads up to the main living space.


Boxed-Off and Minimal

Architect: Anne Sophie Goneau, Location: Montreal, Quebec

The new owner of this 1887 apartment hired Anne Sophie Goneau to overhaul the space, which was dark and musty. During demolition, Goneau uncovered architectural features worth keeping and highlighting, including brick walls, overhead beams, and hemlock wood walls. The minimal mudroom is partly separated from the main living space and hides ample storage behind white cabinets.


Shielded Entryway Storage

Architect: MWAI Architects, Location: London, United Kingdom

MWAI Architects revamped this 100-year-old Victorian flat into a modern home that retains some classic design elements—a nod to the home's history. The renovation included a complete reconfiguration of the floor plan into an open-concept living space. However, the architects still kept the small entryway separate from the rest of the home, shielding the open storage and providing a small dresser as landing strip for mail and keys.


No Shortage of Hooks

Architect: CityDeskStudio, Location: Minong, Wisconsin

This rural family retreat included three log cabins when the current owners purchased it, but with no place to paint, they enlisted CityDeskStudio to design a new, 2,200-square-foot artist studio and residence. The structure has a modern feel, but blends in nicely with the surrounding landscape, while the use of timber creates a strong relationship with the nearby original buildings. The mudroom is flooded with natural light and includes plenty of hooks for the large family and their frequent guests.

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Blu Dot Wook Wall Hook
The Wook Modern Wall Hook can be wall mounted freely to hold what you need, where you need it. Let it hang solo or form a super group of storage with multiples. Ample enough to hold bags and hefty coats, the smooth solid wood hook faces upward to help keep items in place.
Muuto Set of 5 Wood Coatrack Dots
Atle Tveit and Lars Tornøe design furniture and utilitarian objects, some of which can be found in the residence of the Norwegian Prime Minister.
Kohler Purist Robe Hook
Purist accessories combine architectural forms with sensual design lines for a modern, minimalist look. With a round profile, this robe hook offers a simple silhouette and convenient place to hang your robe, towel, or clothing in the bathroom.
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