14 Essentials for a Mudroom That’s Functional & Beautiful – Chantal Lamers

Mudrooms are experiencing a renaissance lately as apartment dwellers continue to move into their first houses during the pandemic. Along with laundry rooms and garden sheds, these small-but-mighty spaces are coveted for both their pure utilitarian traits and all the decorating possibilities from paint and wallpaper to built-ins and banquette-style benches.

The purpose of a mudroom is to keep mud (obviously) and dirt from being tracked into the house as well as creating a catch-all station for things you grab on your way out the door—shoes, jackets, backpacks, masks, hand sanitizers, and keys. Even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, you can fake one with something as simple as a few wall hooks and a bench. And the best news? There’s no need for essentials that are 100 percent functional but don’t complement your aesthetic. In fact, we think the most utilitarian pieces should be easy on the eyes because you’re using them so often.

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