In the house of my dreams, I have a mudroom. What I mean is, in the house of my dreams, I would have an actual room in which one can make the transition from indoors to outdoors. There would be coat racks; there would be shoe racks; there would be storage benches and cubbies; there would be a potting bench. However, I live in the financial real world, a world in which I am not willing to pay more than I can afford in a mortgage. For now, it's making do with a decent rental apartment that doesn't have much in the way of entryway storage. Do you identify with my situation?
If your entryway leaves a bit to be desired, like mine does, there is hope. The hope comes in the form of rudimentary carpentry skills and some ideas posted by DIY bloggers. A DIY storage bench, carefully arranged prefabricated storage furniture, and a brilliant IKEA hack are the three options that I am discussing in this article. They address a few common scenarios: The DIY storage bench addresses the situation when you have a coat closet, but no mudroom; the arrangement of prefabricated storage furniture addresses the situation when you have a garage available, but no mudroom; and the IKEA hack is a way to inexpensively build a custom cubby space and storage bench.
DIY storage bench in a closet: In this project, a wide but shallow coat closet became a full-service mudroom. Megan V. from Our Pinteresting Family, a DIY carpenter in Westminster, Maryland, removed the doors from her coat closet, built a comfortable bench, and mounted coat hooks and a shelf on the wall above the bench. The bench is a simple bench, built out of easy-to-come-by lumber, and finished the bench with a cute DIY cushion. Megan's closet mudroom is a concept that could be applied to houses with underutilized closets adjacent to the front door.
Creating a mudroom in the garage: Say you have a garage that you enter and exit through, but only a narrow foyer once you've entered the house. A practical solution is to use a portion of your garage as a mudroom, as blogger Lori S. of Thrifty Decor Mom did. She cleared the corner of her garage that is adjacent to the door to her house, and showed her skills as a painter by painting the walls a light, fresh color. She installed simple, inexpensive, prefabricated storage items, including a shoe rack and a coat rack. Now she and her children can leave their dirty shoes and wet coats by the door before entering the house.
IKEA hack mudroom cubby unit: This project was created by blogger Kim from The Money Pit (not to be confused with the syndicated radio show). It is one of the most clever IKEA hacks that I have seen. Kim attached "2 Billy Bookcases, 1 Billy Wall Shelf, 1 Smadal TV Console from IKEA and attached them to the wall up against a section of beadboard". The result looks like a very expensive and fancy mudroom storage unit, but it cost her a mere $300.
Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.