Ah, the mudroom, that neglected, too-often unattractive room off the side or back of the house that sometimes resembles the kitchen junk drawer.
Sure, mudrooms get dingy and dirty over time. After all, look what goes on in there. Since our wicked Duluth weather is on the way, though, and this particular room will be getting far more use than it has over the past few months, we thought we’d provide some tips for you on how to get it ready and, maybe, make it an attractive part of the home.
Efficiency is the key
Efficiency and durability are the most important in the mudroom. Let’s face it, especially in Duluth, this area takes a beating so arrange your project around ensuring that cleaning it is easy.
If you have carpet, get rid of it. Any floor covering that is tough, slip-resistant and easy to clean is ideal. The experts say that kitchen floorcovering materials work great.
Flat paint or vinyl wallpaper on the walls will keep you from spending hours of scrubbing grime off of them.
When it comes time to furnish the mudroom, get creative. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, especially if you shop at thrift stores or on Craigslist. Something to sit on as the family removes their boots is a must but also look for storage pieces, such as shoe racks or anything you can transform into a shoe rack. Hooks work well for hanging soggy outerwear and umbrellas.
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