Update your mudroom with style. PBA designs and re-envisions entry spaces to become important organizational areas. Functionality is key; however mudrooms can still be stylish. Some important considerations:
The personality of the owner should always be reflected - ultra-tidy or shabby chic? Consider the location. A public entry area may be best designed with closed storage options, whereas open storage options many be more appropriate in a family mudroom.
Functions desired for a mudroom space and storage of all the specific items must be assessed. These include coats, hats, boots/shoes, umbrellas, purses, wallets, keys, sunglasses, devices, etc. A device charging station or mirror can be useful. A good design will include a specific place for all items, especially those ‘left at the door’ daily.
Efficiency maximizes space to make every inch count by using a creative combination of closets, cabinets, shelves, cubbies, hooks, baskets, benches, countertops, etc. Consider double rods for jackets and hanging linens with adjustable shelves above. The insides of closet doors can be outfitted with shallow shelves or hooks.
Lighting is an important feature that is often overlooked. Consider closet or cabinet lights that turn on when doors open and a decorative mudroom fixture that combines effective lighting and style.
Maintenance is an important design consideration to keep any space organized and clean. Consider the users, as good organizational design should be easily maintained in an organized manner and materials should be easy to keep clean.
Written by: Laura Thul Penza, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, CAPS
Top: PBA design features a mudroom, laundry room and dog wash all in one connected space. Photo by Whitney Wasson.
Middle: PBA design provides an abundance of storage in a classic navy and white color scheme. Photo by Mitch Allen.
Bottom: PBA mudroom design with traditional cabinetry and details, proides storage and functionality while maintaining the historic home's character. Photo by Vince Lupo.