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.

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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.

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If you've got the room, here's a clever way to add hidden storage to your mudroom.

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An existing niche or a shallow coat closet with outdated bi-fold doors removed offers a natural recess.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.

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Pretty, patterned wallpaper sets a welcoming tone suited to a space that sees high traffic but less heavy-duty wear and tear.

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A custom-built bench and plenty of hooks squeeze every bit of storage out of a tight space.

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A herringbone brick floor made from salvaged red-clay sidewalk blocks--sliced to tile thickness and set with mortar-- provide a scratch-proof surface underfoot iin this vintage-style vestibule.

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An entryway bench lends extra storage and character. Laundry baskets underneath hold towels or toys, and the addition can multitask as a handy seat or shelf for backpacks, groceries, or boxes.

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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.

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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.

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Custom built-ins cater to kids obsessed with baseball, parents who collect running shoes, and four seasons' worth of outerwear.

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We know you love herringbone brick floors and organized mudrooms! Here's a nice home with both.

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A set of descending built-ins, finished with wood clasps, provides coat and boot storage in this farmhouse mudroom.

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In this cheery yellow mudroom/laundry room, deep built-in drawers (some with breathable screen fronts) provide easy storage, and a countertop is the perfect surface for sorting mail and folding laundry.

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Gym baskets and shoe cubbies keep kids' wear under control in this compact corner of a back entrance mudroom.

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An industrial pulley pendant and wall hooks in the same finish keep everyday essentials within reach in this charming arched mudroom nook from Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.

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The folks at River View Redo wanted a mudroom to keep their kids's stuff organized and found these smart grills that hide the mess while allowing belongings to breath. They ordered the grills online and received them overnight from UK-based company http://www.brass-grilles-shop.co.uk/

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A generous opening connects the kitchen (whose walls are painted in chalkboard paint) with the mudroom to reveal an array of handy built-in benches with storage beneath.

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Gray wood-grain tile sets the tone in this fabulous mud room with floor-to-ceiling built-in closets.

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Alternating shades keep a nook in a KannCept Design Inc.-designed mudroom interesting and easily accessible for when you need to get out the door quickly.

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No space for a dedicated mudroom? Wall hooks, a high dressers and a lipped tray lined with river rocks safeguards the floor of a Jennifer Grey Interiors-designed entry from dirty shoes.

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A tidy mudroom designed by Charlotte Crosland Interiors provides lots of light for tracking down essentials with a windowed ceiling and handsome wall sconces above built-in storage units.

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Top wainscoting with handsome wall hooks and play up rustic accents to provide a sturdy place to hang hefty items. This corner was built by Anchor Builders.

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John Kraemer & Sons lets no space go to waste in this appealing mudroom with a convenient library ladder for reaching lofty storage areas.

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Build a tiny bench in a tight corner and it becomes a well-used drop zone for items like keys, hats, and more in a thoughtful period remodel from Tim Cuppett Architects. Create a seating area with our steps for building an entry bench with pipe fittings.

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