BIA Interiors Feature: The Underrated Mudroom

Have you ever entered your home to complete and utter mishap all around you? Floors layered with outdoor dirt, a trail of shoes, coats covering every possible seating area, or even worse, the floor? We don’t mean to scare you post-Halloween, but this nightmare scares us all year-round.

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are not alone. One of the biggest issues our clients wish to resolve is a completely cluttered and disorganized entry and exit into their homes. Whether your space is large or small, it’s the most common problem that plagues every family. With the weather getting colder, more of us are starting to realize that having a space for boots, thick jackets, hats, and gloves is a must.

Our holy grail answer to this dilemma is one magic word … MUDROOM!

Every home needs a designated departure and arrival area for the whole family. Oftentimes, many of us think this area needs to be directly at the entry of the home, and while that is the ideal location, it’s not always the case or best option. The key is to make sure it is near or on the path to the entry and there is enough room for storage. If it’s cramped near the entrance without quick storage options, most people will try to go further into the house to settle in, leaving the cramped entry mudroom another area to just pile things.

That being said, every space is unique and we’re confident you can find the right mudroom space in your home. We have created several different types of mudrooms including full rooms to just a few hooks and stools close to the entry. Check them out below.

This space was built near an entry and was customized to focus on organization and comfort for a speedy exit. Coats are stored in a separate closet just before this area to make sure there is a clear path in and out of the house.
For this mudroom, we made room for the whole family. Each person gets their own coat hook, cubby, shoe storage area, and place to sit. It’s compact, practical, and unfussy – perfect for quickly getting out the door.

Photography: Adam Kane Macchia Photography (top) and Peter Peirce, Inc. (bottom)