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.
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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.
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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.
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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.