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Mudrooms to Die For

Sweet brick-floored mudroom with a boot bench that doubles as storage for flip-flops. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

To make this beachy fixture, find a piece of driftwood that’s a few feet long. Use a hand saw to cut off a third of the wood lengthwise so it lies flat against the wall. You’ll need four hook screws; drill a pilot hole into the bottom of the wood for each, then screw them in. Finish by mounting the piece to the wall’s studs with deck screws. | thisoldhouse.com

No room for an entryway closet? No problem. Keep outerwear organized with this simple-to-build piece. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

A slate floor by Artistic Tile is laid out in a herringbone fashion and accented by a one-of-a-kind pew found on eBay and Benjamin Moore Phillipsburg Blue walls to create a dramatic back-entrance in this Neocolonial Revival. | Photo: Laura Moss | thisoldhouse.com

On a formerly empty stair landing, a compact mudroom was made possible by replacing open railings with half walls and creating a recess for a boot bench. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

How to customize your mudroom setup with pegboard-backed lockers fitted with movable wood knobs that can be reconfigured as children grow or seasonal needs change. | Photo: Photo: Laurey W. Glenn | thisoldhouse.com

In keeping with this home's farmhouse heritage, the mudroom is simply decked out with ample hanging space on beadboard walls and a hardworking limestone floor. | Photo: John Gruen | thisoldhouse.com

A barn-style door and a pine floor painted to mimic old linoleum add character to this farmhouse mudroom. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

A set of descending built-ins, finished with wood clasps, provides coat and boot storage in this farmhouse mudroom. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

Stacks of labeled storage bins tuck muddy shoes and toys out of the way and keep this workstation neat and tidy. | Photo: Polly Wreford | thisoldhouse.com

A skirted sink adds casual vintage flair and conceals insightly cleaning items in this mudroom. | Photo Polly Wreford | myhomeideas.com

A wall of simple white cabinets conceals this family's belongings in their backdoor mudroom. | Photo: Laurey W. Glenn | myhomeideas.com

Stairways can be great makeshift mudrooms if outfitted with hooks for dirty towels in the summer and coats in the winter. Add a stool or bench for tying shoes just before running out the door.| Photo: Jean Allsopp | myhomeideas.com

The cubby holes in this backdoor mudroom have carpet swatches inside to help remove dried mud from work shoes. | Photo: Mark Scott | myhomeideas.com

Base cabinets in this mudroom hold tilt-out recycling bins. | Photo: Lisa Romerein | thisoldhouse.com

An awkward entry gains practical charm with a tower of open shelves, top cabinets with tilt-up doors, and a bench with curved supports. Simple battens hold coat hooks. | Photo: Eric Roth | thisoldhouse.com

A brick-floored mudroom serves as a buffer between the house and garden, with a boot bench that doubles as storage for flip-flops. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

Metal bins, fabric-lined baskets, and color-coded boxes organize small items and store off-season goods. | Photo: Eric Roth | thisoldhouse.com

Exposed hooks and discreet closets and drawers create a high-functioning, clutter-free drop zone. | Photo: Eric Roth | thisoldhouse.com

Custom built-ins cater to kids obsessed with baseball, parents who collect running shoes, and four seasons' worth of outerwear. | Photo: Jim Westphalen | thisoldhouse.com

A minimalist mudroom, with boot-friendly blue-stone floor and hooks and shelf for coats and hats, channels guests, kids, and pets alike toward a room-for-all kitchen. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

Black and white vinyl composition tile (VCT) give this mudroom a fresh retro look. | Photo: Courtesy of Mannington | thisoldhouse.com

An awkward entry gains practical charm with a tower of open shelves, top cabinets with tilt-up doors, and a bench with curved supports. | Photo: Eric Roth | thisoldhouse.com

On a formerly empty stair landing, a mini mudroom was made possible by replacing open railings with half walls and creating a recess for a boot bench. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

Cabinets stretch to the ceiling in the mudroom, which doubles as a laundry room. An upper cabinet in the mudroom/laundry conceals a chute for dirty clothes that originates in the master bedroom closet. | Photo: Dominique Vorillon | thisoldhouse.com