Beautiful Dirty Spaces
August 22, 2019
This week’s KBTribeChat talked about one of our favorite add-on spaces: the mudroom. We’ve been seeing this more often in kitchen renovations in particular, where it only makes logical sense to give a main entranceway its own facelift. Here’s what we picked up during the chat about the best ways to outfit this passthrough space:
Laying out the benefits for your client:
- Mudrooms catch and store everyday items to maintain clutter.
- More than a dumping ground for shoes, a mudroom provides storage for items you need ready on your way out the door.
- It’s a perfect place to hang items like purses and backpacks (especially since it’s back-to-school season).
- This space provides a buffer zone for dirty shoes and clothes – as well as pets!
Locations that work best:
- The entryway is still a given.
- If your client has a back entryway, that might be better than the front in some cases if kids are often coming and going through here.
- It can be the first room entered from the garage, making it an easy spot to deposit keys and belongings.
- Placing it next to the laundry makes it simple to throw dirty items in the wash.
Features to Include
- A locker for each member of the household – both child and adult
- A place to sit down and take off shoes
- Hooks, hooks and more hooks!
- A small countertop for keys and other pocket items
- Overhead compartments for storing out-of-season items like winter hats in the summer or flip flops in the winter
- A pet shower
- A ladder to reach the tallest storage spots
Materials to include:
- Durable and easily cleanable flooring
- For this type of space, anything waterproof and stain- and impact-resistant is necessary.
- Materials that are darker will hide dirt better in here.
Making it organized:
- Install built-ins with a base cabinet and a countertop for dropping items.
- Include a variety of organizational items, like hoods, shelves, drawers and cubbies.
- Create a drop zone that fits the family’s lifestyle – like including a filing system for mail, an area for completed homework, a spot for keys, etc. Incorporate storage at varying heights so it can be used by every member of the family.
- Use a magnetic wall for displaying notes and memos.
- Hang a “to-do” board for an especially busy family.
What do you think? Join next week’s KBTribeChat by searching for #KBTribeChat in Twitter at 2 p.m. EST next Wednesday, August 28.
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