Unique wood paneling made from old doors forms the back of this built-in and protects the drywall, since mudroom walls are often battered by flying book bags. Run paneling or a bench back up to the level of hooks (here, brawny iron ones) or shelves, usually about 5 to 5½ feet off the floor.
In this entry designed by architects Siemasko and Verbridge, a vintage door is repurposed as a backing for coat hooks; a length of pipe cleverly corrals umbrellas. Crown molding trims out the top and bottom, where it forms a tray. Find similar doors on Craigslist for about $100.
A corner of a multi-purpose room with backyard access can become an inviting spot to pause for a change of footwear. For this cottage-style bench, general contractors Robert Anderson and Ellen Burcroff paid plenty of attention to period details throughout the rest of the home.
A corner of a multi-purpose room with backyard access can become an inviting spot to pause for a change of footwear. Here, a shelf-style bench that's open below shows off decorative brackets, which echo corbels in adjacent rooms. It also allows for an old-fashioned boot tray.
Old framing studs form this bench top; you can get a similar look using a slab of butcher block. For adults to sit comfortably, build a bench seat 18 to 24 inches deep and 18 to 20 inches high. The open-cubby base can be made of hardwood, plywood, MDF, or even stock kitchen cabinetry sans doors, set atop a platform.
An existing niche or a shallow coat closet with outdated bi-fold doors removed offers a natural recess. Floating the lockers off the floor builds in bonus storage above and below without the need for building a platform and reworking the base (or crown) molding.
Thanks to a sun-kissed color scheme, plenty of natural light, and a bench that's also a window seat, this mudroom by builder Bret Franks is a place to hang out as well as hang up. Slender cabinets extend all the way to the pitched ceiling, maximizing vertical storage.
Quirky furniture and accessories such as an old New York City transit-car bench and a galvanized-steel olive bucket, used to hold umbrellas, lend oodles of character to this personality-packed mudroom.