10 Mudrooms That Are Actually The Opposite Of Embarrassing

We definitely judge a house by the state of it's mudroom.

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The Mombot

Your mudroom is the first thing you see when you walk into your house, so it needs to make a good first impression—but it also needs to be functional. How do you make a room meant to corral dirty shoes and all your bulky outerwear look chic? Trust us, it's possible. No matter how much space you're working with, we've got ideas for how to make your mudroom way less boring.

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1 Add A Sink
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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt

If you want to avoid trekking dirt in the house, you need more than a place to take off your shoes and hang your coats. Install a sink and contain the entire mess to your mudroom.

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2 Fake It 'Til You Make It
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Courtesy of Young House Love

No formal mudroom? No problem. Turn an oversized cabinet into a mini mudroom. Add shelves for shoes, hooks for coats/backpacks, and baskets to hold gloves, scarves, and hats.

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3 Buy A Cabinet
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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt

Instead of setting up a bench and hanging hooks on the wall, buy a unit that contains everything in one. From cubbies up top, to hat/coat pegs, to a built-in bench, you've got a complete mudroom with just one piece of furniture. And BTW, is this black piece not the chicest mudroom you've ever seen?!

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4 Play With Seating
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Karyn R. Millet

You might already have a bench in your mudroom, but if you add an upholstered cushion, it becomes way more comfortable to sit and put on or take off your shoes. The blue and white lattice pattern in this seat cushion mimics the diamond motif of the marble floor in this San Francisco house.

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5 Bring The Party To Your Floor
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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt

Your mudroom was the least exciting room in your house—until now. Thanks to a bold, geometric patterned floor, the party starts the minute you walk in the door.

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6 Use A Rail Instead Of A Rack
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Bonnie Tsang

Forget the giant coat rack that always topples over. This horizontal option takes up zero floor space, but offers the same amount of storage. Oh, and did we mention the basket is the perfect spot to drop your keys, so you're never hunting around the house for them?

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7 Pump Up The Color
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Jonny Valiant

The easiest way to bring life to a drab space is with bold, fun color. In a New Jersey beach house, a bright orange keeps the mudroom from looking like your everyday, basic mudroom.

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8 Skip The Furniture
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If you want to keep it simple, skip the furniture altogether. Add a coat rack and baskets to stuff your gloves and scarves and you're set.

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9 Upgrade A Storage Bench
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The Mombot

The secret to an organized home is never believing you have enough storage. Here, two storage benches serve an even greater purpose with the addition of coat and bag hooks, and a ledge shelf up top for art.

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10 Decorate Your Door
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Say "hello" from the get-go with a cheery door. And if you don't want to commit to painting the entire door, try a statement-making like this one.

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