Simple solutions and tips to help make the most of your entry, utility, and storage spaces.
Writer: Jennifer Bonds
1 of 10Photographer: Jeff McNamara
Ample wall hooks make storage in this modern space a breeze. Nautical-inspired wall-mounted sconces and a wood bench polished to resemble a surfboard give the room coastal style.
2 of 10Photographer: Jean Allsop
Bells and Whistles
This well-appointed laundry space showcases a variety of storage options. Closed cabinets keep cleaning supplies hidden and safe from small hands, open shelves provide easy access to stacks of folded laundry, and baskets corral small items such as socks. A wall-mounted ironing board makes the chore more convenient but folds out of the way.
3 of 10Photographer: Jean Allsop
Wet Bar and Grill
Cleverly located next to a door leading to the deck, this wet bar conveniently services the outdoor cooking and dining spaces, making trips to the kitchen few and far between.
4 of 10Photographer: Jean Allsopp
Pretty and Practical
A drapery rod hung between cabinets provides a convenient spot for clothes that need to air dry. A curtain made of sturdy outdoor fabric will weather any laundry mishaps and easily hides the mess of cleaning supplies.
5 of 10Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
To keep your mudroom or entryway neat, get the kids involved. Make sure they know the system and that you’ve chosen storage options that are within their reach.
6 of 10Photographer: Jean Allsopp
Ultimate Toy Box
To make the most of your garage, hang large items such as kayaks and bikes high up out of the way. Along the wall, a modular unit can be customized with hooks, shelves, or baskets to suit every need.
7 of 10Photographer: Tria Giovan
Stacked front-loading machines mean that even a small closet can become a functional laundry space. A utility sink with a pull-down faucet makes every job— whether filling a tall vase with water or rinsing out a stain—easier.
8 of 10Photographer: Richard Leo Johnson
Turn an under-used spot—such as the space beneath stairs—into storage central. Here, recycled shutters make stylish doors, and an oversize chalkboard keeps track of grocery lists and reminders.
9 of 10Photographer: Tria Giovan
If space allows, a mudroom shower with a lift-away showerhead is a convenient spot for rinsing sandy feet or bathing a muddy dog.
10 of 10Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
In a small cottage, every room may be an entry. Cotton rugs and sturdy slipcovers withstand wet bathing suits or muddy paws, and a wall of cabinetry provides storage options for every member of the family.