Plenty of people call apartments home, but a common problem of apartments is teeny tiny kitchens. While it isn't always a problem among a single person straight out of college that only uses the microwave, there are plenty of couples and avid cooks that want to best utilize their bitty bakeries.
You've installed beautiful new cabinets in your home, but just tossing your cleaning supplies, pots, pans, and personal items in willy-nilly is no way to treat such beauties. Organizational systems can be bought or created, keep reading for some ideas you can pick up from the store or make out of a tissue box.
If you want to keep your home organized and protect your carpet or hardwood flooring, you might consider adding a mudroom to your property. A mudroom acts as a secondary entryway where your family and your guests can remove their wet or soiled outerwear so that they won't track dirt, snow, or water into your home. The mudroom also serves as a great place to organize outerwear, boots, umbrellas, shoes, backpacks, pet supplies, and more.
There are many factors to consider when putting your mudroom together, from paint colors and finishes to storage and flooring. To help, we've gathered a few tips to help you create the best mudroom for your home.
Since the mudroom is a space where people will shed dirt and moisture when removing their coats and boots, you want a durable, water-resistant flooring. There are countless attractive, functional options for your mudroom flooring, including:
Stone, Ceramic, or Porcelain Tile
Flooring Options for Your Mudroom
Adding a Mudroom to Your Home
Tile boasts durability and low maintenance. It's easy to clean, making it a perfect choice for a mudroom floor. Plus, tile comes in a variety of styles, colors, shapes, and sizes, so you're guaranteed to find a tile that works with your mudroom design. At FloorQuest, we have a variety of manufactured tiles that are made to look like natural stones like limestone or slate -- they are a lovely choice for a mudroom floor, adding beauty and functionality to the space.
Another great benefit to tile for your mudroom floor? You can arrange tiles in so many configurations, so they will fit in a mudroom of any size, and you can even design a unique tile pattern to set your mudroom apart.
Vinyl flooring is another excellent option for your mudroom, because it can withstand staining, moisture, and heavy mudroom traffic without showing signs of wear like chipping, tarnishing, or water damage. It is softer and more flexible than tile and extremely low maintenance, needing just sweeping and occasional mopping. And vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colors and styles, so it will fit with any mudroom design.
Wood is a dependable, sturdy flooring option perfect for high traffic areas like a mudroom. Of course, depending on the stain and finish of your wood flooring, it could show damage like scratching and general wear over the years. Wood is also more sensitive to water, which is an issue in a mudroom where wet boots and coats are the norm.
You can still have the strength, durability, and beauty of wood floors in your mudroom if you add an indoor/outdoor rug to the space. Place the rug right by the door so that family and guests can wipe their feet and remove their boots before putting them away. Be sure to wipe any water that does get on the wood so that it doesn't damage your mudroom floor.
Laminate flooring can give you the look of hardwood or natural stone flooring in your mudroom with more durability and affordability. Because laminate floors are treated with a protective top coat of melamine resin, they are a strong and low maintenance mudroom flooring option. And If a portion of your laminate flooring is somehow damaged, it can be removed and replaced, making your mudroom look its best once again. Plus, laminate flooring repels stains. Like wood, laminate flooring can swell when it comes into contact with water, so an entry rug may be a good idea if you select laminate flooring for your mudroom.
Storage Options for Your Mudroom
Storage is also a big must have in your mudroom. Your family needs a place to stash their coats, boots, and other winter gear, along with backpacks, sports bags, umbrellas, briefcases, and the like. There are several options for mudroom storage, including:
Hanging cabinets are excellent for your mudroom -- they free up floor space while adding closed storage to conceal belongings. Each family member could have their own cabinet, along with one to store miscellaneous sports or pet supplies. This way, everything will have its place in your mudroom, and you will not have to worry about tidying things up constantly, since they will be hidden behind closed doors. You can pop a bench under the wall units so that people can sit to remove their boots.
At FloorQuest, we can even work with you to create a custom built-in look for your mudroom using our wall and floor cabinet units. We have an expert installation team that will make your mudroom dreams a reality.
Hooks or Coat Racks
You will also need a spot for people to hang their coats and scarves in your mudroom. Wall-mounted hooks or standing coat racks can perform this function. Each family member should have 3-4 hooks to hang their jackets, scarves, and bags -- and don't forget some extra hooks for guests!
Create the Mudroom of Your Dreams With FloorQuest
Because we get so much snow, a mudroom is essential for a Wisconsin home. At FloorQuest, we have a variety of flooring options that can work in your mudroom design, plus cabinetry that can provide great mudroom storage.
For more details or to get a mudroom design consultation with one of our courteous, expert advisers,contact us or visit any of our 4 SHOWROOM LOCATIONS locations to learn more.
Keep those items from rattling around the drawers by introducing a drawer divide or an insert that allows you to quickly identify what you're looking for. The kitchen is the most commonly used room and therefore utilizing your kitchen cabinets can help to create more space. Fit any small containers between the dividers especially when you have tiny objects to corral.
Organizing your kitchen and bathroom cabinets brings a refreshing sense of neatness and order to the common used rooms in a home. A well organized cabinet will assist you to effortlessly find items and prevent you from purchasing unnecessary items that you may already have. Here are some simple steps to follow so that you can take charge of the messy condition of you cabinets and keep your environment more electrifying.
Divide and conquer
Take a narrow path
A pullout cabinet may not occupy more real estate widthwise but a pull shows a perfect height for stowing muffins pans and trays on end. This will simplify the process of collecting or picking an item while preparing a meals. Take out all the items and products from the cabinet and put them in a single pile. This will enable you have a general idea of inventory of items in the cabinet.
Make some notes on your kitchen cabinet
Place a piece of a cork board inside the cabinet door of your cabinet for posting shopping lists, recipes, holding keys and a calendar. Another option is to paint a panel inside the door with magnetic paints. You can as well use some assortments of magnetized clips and holders for display and storage.
Taking command of the sink cabinet
The bottom of the kitchen sink, pullout hoses and intrusive plumbing pipes can be a hassle in your kitchen cabinets. Select a wire shelving or stackable acrylic that fits below and beside the sink’s U pipe to create more space. Some of the wire bin units can slide out to simplify the retrieval of the items at the back. Add shelves, storage bins and hooks inside the cabinet for more storage space. Consider also including special storage facilities like a holder for plastic bags. To facilitate more storage, construct a kit which will transform the false drawer fronts into tilt out bins for stowing scrubbers and sponges. There is no doubt that everyone wishes to have organized cabinets. Although it may be challenging, it's something that can take you a short amount of time with less effort when done on regular basis. Following the above simple steps will make your kitchen cabinets more organized and neat.