Outfit Your Mudroom

A back entry should be just as welcoming as the front door. Here's how to set up a cheerful spot for kicking off your shoes.

Create a mudroom

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Create a mudroom

A few smart storage ideas later, and turning your entryway into a full-fledged mudroom is a breeze.

Save space

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Save space

No built-in benches or closets? No problem. Get the same function with a single piece of furniture. Complete with seating, cubbies, and hooks, these units can transform any wall near an entry into a full-blown mudroom. Bonus: Catch-all pieces with built-in mirrors, like this one, let you check your look before heading out the door.

Buy it: Rustica Hall Tree, $529; homedecorators.com.

Serve and protect

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Serve and protect

An indoor/outdoor rug made of poly-propylene is the ideal solution for shielding mudroom floors from whatever you track in. For easy cleaning, just take it outside, shake it out, and hose it off. Because it's UV-treated, you can even let it air-dry outside.

Buy it: Marina Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, from $38 (2' by 3'); dashandalbert.com.

Contain yourself

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Contain yourself

Keep the area tidy with a set of storage containers that is as decorative as it is functional. Wire baskets neatly display pretties, while woven boxes stow clutter out of sight.

Buy it: Sea Grass Storage Boxes in Natural, $39 to $79 each; restorationhardware.com.

Tag it

Photographer: Ted Tucker

Tag it

Stay organized with container labels. These chalkboard tags are easy to edit when swapping out box contents.

Buy it: Mini Chalkboard Tags, $7.25 for a set of five; letsplaytag.etsy.com.

Scrape it off

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Scrape it off

Keep a boot scraper by the door for muddy sneakers or dirty shoes. This iron dachshund will be mom's best friend!

Buy it: Uniflame Cast Iron Dog Boot Scraper, $30; amazon.com.

The Locker Room

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The Locker Room

Built-in cubbies are a great way to maximize storage and keep things organized in a mudroom. Customization options abound: Dedicate one per family member for sweatshirts, hats, and bags, or assign each a different category, such as towels, sports equipment, and rain gear.

Depending on your needs, consider installing a mix of shelves and hooks at appropriate heights. Lining the interior with V-groove paneling will protect the walls and add cottage charm.

Finish off the space with a bench for pulling off sandy shoes on the way in. Short on space? Try tucking smaller bins beneath built-in seating.

Get Hooked: Colorful

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Get Hooked: Colorful

Red makes for a bold welcome.

Buy it: Lucky Key Hook in Coral, $48; thesecreatures.com

Get Hooked: Classic

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Get Hooked: Classic

A striped board with nautical hardware brings together two coastal icons.

Buy it: Surfboard Coat Rack with Boat Cleats, $119; theprojectcottage.com

Get Hooked: Preppy

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Get Hooked: Preppy

A checkered oar has yacht club style.

Buy it: Red Oar Coat Rack, $70; invitinghome.com

Get Hooked: Rustic

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Get Hooked: Rustic

Chipped paint adds a weathered look.

Buy it: Recycled Wood Board with 4 Double Hooks, $38; newportnauticaldecor.com

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