Since this space is used infrequently and little time is ever spent here, it’s a great place to have some additional storage.
1. Look Up to Find More
The most unused space is the area near the ceiling. Especially in a mud room, this is a great place to find excellent storage. There are many design techniques that you can do by yourself to use that untapped space.
Many homeowners use bins to store clothing, memorabilia, and other items that aren’t needed frequently. These bins can take up a lot of space on your floor that you may not have, so consider using I-beams to store the bins.
I-beams can be quickly made out of wood. You basically use two 2x4s for the tops of the beam, and another 2×4 in the middle. To do the project:
- Cut the pieces to the desired length
- Attach the 2x4s in the shape of an I
- Attach the structure to the studs in the ceiling
Do this same procedure again. Line up the two I-beams and attach to ceiling. Make sure to measure the distance correctly before installing the second one because the bins will slide easily between the two beams giving you a lot of additional storage. You can also purchase similar products that don’t require the cutting and creating of the beams.
2. Use Your Walls
The mudroom is a great place to store many of the essential you use quite often. A great way to store these items is by removing the drywall from your walls. Once the drywall is removed, you can use the frames to create shelving. Cut a 2×4 to the right size, typically 16 or 18 inches, and then attach it between two of the framing studs. A lot of thinner items can be stored in this way.
To update the look, you can paint all the wood that you remove to give it a great look. To completely hide the storage area, you could purchase a couple of sliding doors. These can be installed rather quickly with only a few tools.
You could also add storage to your walls by installing shelving units. If you have the space to move out from the walls, consider buying deeper cabinets. Add some hooks to the bottom and you’ve created a multitude of space with one simple concept.
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3. Foot Lockers and Coat Hangers
These great devices provide a lot of space for shoes and other seasonal items like scarves, hats, and gloves. The low-profile cabinets are easy to assemble and lock onto the wall. You also gain some additional space below the lockers, and the top shelf can be used as well. If you have a heavier, high-quality door leading into your home, you can likely attach a few of the units to the door. Place coat hangers above the foot lockers to have all the storage you need in one small but organized area.
Using these renovation tips in your mudroom is essential, especially in a house with limited square footage. If you organize this space correctly and use the tips included in this article you will quickly find more storage than you ever thought possible. Many professional designers and contractors can help you to achieve the desired space solutions. Plan your project, get what you need, and begin to create your heavenly mudroom today.