How to Fake a Mud Room

September 9, 2015
Faking a Mud Room

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Our home was not blessed with a mud room (sigh). Because we’ll soon be enjoying coat season, not to mention the tossing of backpacks on the floor after school, it’s time to find an outerwear solution that is not an eyesore.

Ahem, if you have a real mudroom, I don’t want to hear about it. For the rest of us in this little support group, let’s look at how we can fake it when our foyer is tiny but we still need a mudroom in the house.

Faking a Mud Room

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The living room is the first room to the right when you walk through our front door.

Faking a Mud Room

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So I stole a corner that you don’t see when you first walk into the room. It’s right on the other side of the foyer wall, so the kids won’t have far to go to dump their outdoor stuff.

Faking a Mud Room

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The entire design is refreshingly simple, and gives each kid a place to put her backpack, shoes and coats. By using the same carpet tiles that we already have in the foyer, we can add that same look and feel to the entryway.

Faking a Mud Room

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To aid in inter-generational communication, I added a vintage HomeGoods piece – the framed bulletin board. Mini clothespins are a great way to display photos, school art projects, mom’s to-do lists,and those permission slips that always seem to get lost. Of course, I added summer vacation photos to clearly direct each kid to their side.

Faking a Mud Room

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The coat rack beats the coat tree we had there before. It’s much less intrusive.

Faking a Mud Room

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I’m so happy with the way it all came together, and how easy it was to do.

Faking a Mud Room

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While I did have to sacrifice a corner of the living room, the functional win is totally worth it! That’s a hard-working room, and without a plan it would have been chaos. It still might end up that way, but at least we’re off to a good start!

Faking a Mud Room

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Do have any creative ideas for storage and organization during the back-to-school season? Share your insights in the comments!

Susan Jensen Smith is a Web Producer for Fine Gardening Magazine and a blogger at Your Home Only Better. She loves projects that solve décor problems for practical home enthusiasts and believes decorating should be fun! (Join her on PinterestInstagramFacebook and Twitter.)


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