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There are shoes all over the floor and no place to hang the jackets. That’s a sure sign that a new mudroom design is in order! Mudrooms are also great places to store cleaning supplies, and if you have space for a utility sink, then you can do the big cleanup jobs here to keep the mess out of the rest of the house. Even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, some entryway cabinets can fill a lot of these needs, giving you and the kids a place to put boots, shoes, backpacks and outerwear.

But enough with the reasons why you need a mudroom remodel! Let’s get on to the storage solutions that you can put to work yourself.

1. Create a Vertical Mudroom Design

Maximizing storage means building upward. Use cabinets like Decora’s Ensemble Tall Cabinet to give yourself vertical spaces for coats, with cubbies or drawers on the bottom for shoes, and upper storage spaces for text books, purses and other necessities. If you have the space, install one cabinet for each family member to eliminate the inevitable fights over who gets to
use which spaces!

2. Get a Storage Bench

Storage benches are an invaluable part of a mudroom design — and they’ll give you much needed space by the entryway if you don’t have a mudroom. They come in a variety of designs, with drawers, sliding doors or lifting lids. The benefits are twofold: You’ll have a great place to sit down and pull of your shoes without tracking mud further into the house. Then you can clean those shoes off and store them in the bench so that you’re not tripping over them later. Benches are also a great place to set down shopping bags or your briefcase while you take off and hang up your jacket.

3. Organizing in Small Spaces

Don’t have enough room to install a vertical cabinet for each family member? Instead, just install one vertical cabinet for coat storage — something like Decora’s Utility Cabinet, with or without the bottom shelves depending on coat length. Then devote the rest of your limited space to cubbies. You can make the cubbies just large enough to fit a pair of shoes, or make them larger, to fit shoes and a backpack or purse.

4. No Mudroom? No Problem!

Finally, if you don’t have a mudroom at all, then what you need is entryway cabinets. These cabinets are made to fit along the wall near your home’s main entry, and they will give you most of the functionality and storage space that a regular mudroom offers. Entryway cabinets are often designed like a wardrobe — except far more useful, usually featuring lower drawers, cubbies and spots to hang coats in the center, and cabinets on top. If your family loves to kick off their shoes right inside the front door, then these cabinets are the perfect solution. Check out the Decora Entry Way Cabinets to see what we mean.

In addition to entry cabinets, you can also add multipurpose furniture to your living space. For instance, an upholstered storage bench gives you both storage and an ottoman, while boxy cubby-style shelves can be bookshelves on top and shoe storage on the bottom.

Whether you have a large or small mudroom — or no mudroom at all — there are lots of storage options available to you. It all starts with cleverly designed cabinetry, and maybe a storage bench or two.