Closet It Away
Carve Out the Kitchen
Do you have a big kitchen but no mudroom? Add a row of extra cabinets, along with a built-in bench with cubbies or drawers for shoes, and you'll have the perfect spot to stow sporting gear, jackets and umbrellas, briefcases and backpacks, and all the other necessities you and your family grab on the way out the door.
Reclaim a Closet
Transform a mundane coat closet into a recessed sitting area with storage, as did the blogger at The House of Smiths. With a cushioned, pillow-topped bench, drawers or cubbies, hooks, and overhead shelves with baskets or boxes, this cozy spot is not only great for pulling on or taking off boots, but it’s also a nice place to retreat to when you just want to sit and think.
Save Some Space
Limited space is often a problem when converting an entryway closet into a mudroom. Installing a hinged bench over the cubbies makes the most of tight space. Just pull up the hinged bench and drop your boots into their designated spot, no stooping or other contortions required.
Hit the Lockers
If you’ve got a big family, you probably have an equally big mess in your entryway. Corral everything by converting one or two tall bookcases into a wall of “lockers.” You’ll just need to add doors and attach a few fun locker-like touches, such as numbers and nameplates. Assign a locker to each family member, and let the organization begin!
Related: 14 New IKEA Hacks to Try in 2018
Kick Your Shoes Off
Plant a Tree
A hall tree, that is. Whether you buy a hall tree or make one yourself, this space-efficient mudroom stand-in has everything you need: a bench perched atop open cubbies, a tall back with hooks, and a shelf or two for hats, umbrellas, and other wet-weather necessities.
Give a Hutch a Makeover
If you have an old two-piece hutch that you no longer need, give the upper portion new life as an entryway organizer. Treat it to a fresh coat of paint, mount it securely to the wall, add a few large hooks, and voilà! You’ve got the perfect drop zone organizer.
Take the Stairs
Believe it or not, your mudroom alternative can be as tiny as a stairway landing. A sturdy floor mat to hold wet shoes, a few hooks for hats and coats, and perhaps an umbrella stand (if you have the room) are all you need for a functional solution that doesn’t take up space.
Approach the Bench
A storage bench—also called a monks bench—is the perfect piece of furniture for a small entryway. The hinged seat of this high-backed bench tilts up to reveal storage underneath, great for stashing rain gear, backpacks, sporting equipment, and all the other clutter that tends to languish in the foyer. You’ll find many styles of storage bench available for sale, but if you are handy with tools, it’s not too tough to make one yourself.
Related: 12 Doable Designs for a DIY Bench
Make It Yourself
If you’ve always wanted to make your own piece of furniture but thought it would be too difficult, take heart. Try your hand at a super-simple foyer bench; it's a wonderful way to learn how to work with wood and handle power tools. Plus, aside from supreme bragging rights, you’ll end up with a practical and pretty spot for tugging rain boots on and off.
Dress Up a Dresser
Don’t send that old dresser to Goodwill. Instead, turn it into a fantastic entryway organizer. Some disassembly is required: You’ll need to remove the top, add a bench support in the middle, and remove some of the drawers, but it’s not a difficult project, even for a beginning do-it-yourselfer.
Make Do Mudrooms
You don't need to have a lot of room to have a mudroom.
Get the help you need for the home you want—sign up for the Bob Vila newslettertoday!