Should I Add a Mudroom to My House?

Alexandra Frost
Written by Alexandra Frost
Updated December 21, 2021
A family putting their coats on in house’s mudroom
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When you walk into your home on a rainy or snowy day, it’s essential to have an organized place to drop your raincoat, hat, keys, bag, and boots

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A mudroom’s original purpose was just that—a specific room to contain mud, water, dirty shoes, rainy coats, and more, rather than tracking all that into your house. But today’s mudrooms have been elevated to more than just a place to take off your boots. A mudroom also adds value to your home by providing an organized and dedicated space for keeping junk that shouldn’t be on your counter, on the edge of the sofa, or on top of your dresser. Here’s how to know if a mudroom is right for you.

The Multi-Purpose, Hardest Working Room

Your mudroom will quickly become the most-frequented and hardest-working room in your home and can serve a variety of purposes. It offers a holding place for incoming and outgoing mail and packages; coats, hats, and masks; shoes; and incoming or outgoing school supplies such as backpacks or papers. This multipurpose room is where you will probably find that missing key, sock, or your favorite gloves. If you currently find these items strewn around the house without a real organizational system, a mudroom might be right for you.

Mudrooms Add Value to Your Home

If you're wondering if adding a mudroom adds value to your house, the answer is yes. The addition of a mudroom lends itself to an increased home value, as prospective buyers prefer homes with mudrooms because mudrooms serve a functional purpose no matter the area where you live. Homeowners can also take advantage of this dedicated square footage and other mudroom benefits while building home equity.

The Pros and Cons of Installing a Mudroom

Often located near the laundry room, a mudroom is one of the small spaces in your home with a big job. There are pros and cons to installing a mudroom in your current home.

Pros of Creating a Mudroom

  • Less dirt making its way into your home, preventing future carpet cleanings

  • A specific space to house frequently used items such as shoes, keys, coats, and more

  • A multi-functional space that can function as a landing zone for papers, mail, schoolwork, and supplies

  • Potential for increased organization for all family members

  • A place to sit down to take off your shoes

  • Can be designed to be as beautiful as it is functional (with creative flooring, for example)

Cons of Creating a Mudroom

  • The cost to install an entirely new room$8,000 to $16,000 for 50 square feet of space

  • Potentially less space in surrounding areas, such as the entryway, hallway, or laundry room

  • A place that could create more clutter if it isn’t well-organized

  • Potential damage to flooring or surrounding areas if wet items frequently sit in this room without proper mats

  • Installing an entire room can be an involved process, and you may need a permit

It Should Stand Up to The Elements

Mudrooms aren’t just for organizing your kids’ worksheets, though, and should have components to keep mud, water, and more from entering the rest of your home. The most essential item for this is a strong, heavy-duty entry rug that is ribbed, textured, or otherwise meant to get mud off your shoes. Opt for waterproof flooring, such as vinyl. If you don’t have a garage, this will be your first and only potential location to remove wet and muddy shoes, preventing them from making it to your carpet and hardwood. 

Features You May Want to Add to Your Mudroom

A mudroom with backpacks hanging and shoes
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While it’s totally fine to have a few coat hooks and a rug to wipe your muddy boots on, your mudroom can serve a much larger purpose and can even end up being the organizational hub for your home. 

Check out these additional uses for mudrooms:

  • Paper organization: Install a hanging paper organization with sections for each important category

  • Bins for each family member: By giving each family member a container in a large cube organizer, everyone can keep the items handy they will need daily, from keys to sunglasses, to ensure they don’t end up on the counter

  • Coat and hat hooks: Depending on the number of people in your family, you may want to install three hooks per person so that everyone can hang a coat, purse, hat, or another item

  • Shoe Shelving or Storage: Dedicate a space for shoes so that they aren’t scattered around your organized mudroom

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