Whether your mud room is in the back of your home leading out into the backyard, just inside your garage, or right at the front in the foyer, it’s an integral part of your house. If it’s the entrance that your family uses the most, then it’s important to keep things organized so everyone can find their things before school, work, dance class, and hockey practice. At the same time, if it’s the entrance that’s also used most by visitors and guests, you’ll want it to be stylish and clean as well! It is, after all, the first impression they’ll get of the inside of your home. That’s why DIY mud room hacks and racks are one of our favourite new DIY projects! Sure, you might buy some of the base structures for your mud room, but the beauty of how they help your home is in the way you customize them.
Check out these 15 awesome mud room designs that will have your foyer, garage, or back door nook fancy and functional all at once, despite the messy sounding name.
1. Painted locker shoe racks
Have you ever been to a school sale at the end of the semester or encountered a garage sale where school furniture is being sold after renovations? Then you already know that lockers aren’t expensive or hard to come by secondhand! We didn’t realize how simple they were to come by at first, but the idea of having them in our mud room to keep things organized in a themed, kitschy way is one of the greatest things we’ve read about in a while! Check out how Apartment Therapy gave their secondhand lockers a new coat of paint and made them into shoe racks.
2. PVC pipe shoe organizers
Speaking of shoe racks, do you love the idea of keeping all of your footwear organized but you don’t have the space to put an entire set of lockers in your front hallway? Then try building yourself an easy, affordable shoe rack instead! We quite enjoy this contemporary circular one that Home Stories A to Z built from short cut pieces of PVC pipe stacked together.
3. Wooden board coat hooks
Perhaps your mud room is actually quite organized and doing well but you’re just looking for a few finishing touches to really take it to the next level? Then easy coat racks that make people’s most used garments easy to hang up and grab as they run out the door are a great addition! We love this simple wooden board and hook design from A Beautiful Mess, especially in combination with a complementary board above that has lovely family pictures hanging above each coat hook.
4. Ultimate DIY mudroom bench
Is your mud “room” more of an unfilled spaced that really doesn’t offer a lot of opportunity for storage at all? Then start from the ground up and get a little handy to solve the problem! Honeybear Lane shows you how they built their own DIY bench with useful basket storage underneath and a high back that barely takes up any room but has built in coat hooks do you don’t have to put holes in your actual wall.