At MDG, we believe that the complete utilitarianism of a mudroom is in fact the beauty of it. No matter how big or small, it is one of the most hard-working spaces in a home. We love that with each design element, we ask, "Is this the most functional for our lifestyle?" We need space that can handle the snowstorms and the slushy aftermath. We want to come home from a weekend ski trip on Sunday night—after sitting in traffic for hours—and have a convenient and tough-as-nails spot to dump our boots, boards, hats, and helmets. We've compiled a list as well as a few examples of essential elements for our favorite mudroom.
Hooks and racks. Isn't it so much easier for shedding layers if you can just hang them all on hooks and not have to worry about opening a closet and finding hangers? Hang hooks lower on the wall for smaller people and to utilize more wall space.
Clock. A big, easy-to-read clock adds a homey touch while still working to tell you exactly how late you are as you dash out the door.
Cubbies and baskets. High shelves and storage for off-season shoes or sporting equipment and easily accessible baskets for gloves or mittens.
Boot tray and area rug. A tray to catch the melting snow and salt from boots can be easily cleaned, while a pretty area rug is a relief for chilly tootsies.
Bench. Sometimes you've got one too many coats on à la Randy from A Christmas Story and you can barely reach your feet to put your shoes on. It's best to have a place to sit.
Lighting: This is the last room of your home you see in the morning and the first room at night. Light it up and give yourself something pretty to look at with some statement lighting.