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.
Adding a Mudroom to Your Home
Flooring Options for Your Mudroom
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
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.