Let’s face it, not all of us are lucky enough to have a mudroom in our homes. Most of us just have an entryway or small hallway at the entrance. Either way, these spaces remain one of the most neglected parts of a house. White covers the walls, and linoleum usually covers the floor. We tend to forget about decorating these spaces while leaving their golden opportunities behind.
If you do have a mudroom, keep in mind that this is your home’s first impression. You should have a space that welcomes visitors and exudes a warm atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot for shoes, bags, and outerwear, leaving the rest of your home clutter-free.
While these areas are great for collecting and organizing supplies, you might be daunted with the prospect of actually designing one on a budget. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enhance your mudroom without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite budget-friendly mudroom ideas:
Turn bookshelves into lockers
Removing a couple shelves from a bookshelf and installing a few hooks instead gives ample space for hanging coats, book bags, purses, and more in your mudroom. Take a bookshelf that you already have or find a salvaged one and paint it anyway you like.
If your entryway or mudroom is small, it’s best to use versatile pieces that can double in function while saving you money. For instance, find a bench with a cozy cushion on top to act as both a landing pad and space for shoes underneath. Various hooks can be used to hold catch-all baskets, coats, purses, and bags while leaving plenty of room below.
Making a statement
If you have extra wall art or decorative accessories, here is your chance to showcase it. Make a beautiful first impression with a pop of color that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Grab artwork from another room in the house to freshen up the space while differentiating it from the living area.
You can find cheap or free lockers from auctions, Craigslist, and other sites. Slim lockers are a great space-saving solution that also promotes organization. Plus, you can spray paint them any color to match your décor. Their magnetic surface also gives you a chance to attach important papers so you won’t forget.
Have you ever thought of using PVC pipes as a budget-friendly organizational alternative? Just head to your local home-improvement store and let your imagination go wild. Stack them on top of each other and use as convenient cubbies for shoes and other belongings. You can go as big or as small as you want.
Consider stacking a few crates on top of one another to create a rustic atmosphere. These you can find anywhere and can paint whatever finish you wish. This is an affordable and versatile option that can work for any size family.
Use What You Already Have
Look around your home and see if anything can be repurposed for the mudroom. For example, an old dresser collecting dust in an attic could be the perfect entryway solution. Paint it whatever color you like and assign its drawers to each family member. Don’t forget to add hooks above to continue the tidy look.
Any of these budget-friendly mudroom ideas will put you on the right track toward a welcoming entryway. In no time, you’ll have a fully functional space that gives your family a chance to quickly shed the day. Use these organizational and design tricks with any size mudroom, any style, and on any budget!