Where do you keep your dirty boots, wet umbrellas and jackets or raincoats as you enter the house? Keeping the house dry and clean during the rainy season can be a problem when there is no proper planning.
Creating a mudroom is a brilliant idea since you will now have a dedicated place for leaving all the messy boots, umbrellas, and coats. An entryway can be made into a perfect mudroom. However, in cases where you do have an entryway, you can convert your garage into a mudroom.
A garage is appropriate for a mudroom only when it has a door that leads to the house. It should also be big enough to accommodate the vehicle, your tools and machinery, and the fixtures that make a mudroom.
Creating a mudroom in an existing garage is a DIY project that you can easily undertake in your free time.
Fixtures to be Included in a Mudroom garage
A mudroom garage should contain the following fixtures
1. Sitting Area
A mudroom being the place where you remove your shoes from and probably wear clean shoes from there while leaving the house, a bench is essential. The sitting area should be big enough to accommodate more than one person.
While designing the bench, you can consider some space-saving tips such as incorporating a storage section or a shoe rack underneath the seating area.
Hooks are important in a mudroom because they provide space for hanging coats and bags. Putting up hooks does not need to be costly, since you can just use normal nails. All you will need to do is to drive them in slightly facing up.
You can also buy hooks from the stores. These come in different variations, and consequently different prices. You should therefore purchase the type of hooks that will be functional in the mudroom and also pocket friendly.
When installing the hooks, space in a way that each item will have good clearance. You can also consider having hooks for bags and raincoats in different locations.
For the raincoats, the best location is near the door, where the dripping water will not get to the other items in the garage.
As for the bag hooks, these can be put up at any convenient place within the garage. These hooks can also be used to hang dry coats and hats.
3. Umbrella Holders
Umbrella holders can be modified from any kind of container in the house. You can use bins, buckets, or any other such items.
Since these could be old items, you should consider painting them in a color that will complement the other fixtures in the garage.
The best location for the umbrella holders is right next to the door because the wet umbrellas can drip a lot of water. You do not want water dripping all over the garage floor.
4. Shelves and Shoe Racks
A mudroom cannot be complete without shelves. A typical garage might be having the shelves already, but there is a need to install some more to create extra storage space.
The number of shelves in the mudroom depends on the number of people using the space. The more the better, they can also be used to store toys.
You should have a dedicated space for each member of the family so that everyone is responsible for keeping their place tidy, hence reducing the workload of tidying up the mudroom.
Creating the shelves should not be an issue because different materials can be used. You can opt for readymade floating shelves that you just have to screw to the wall, or you can construct them at home from scratch.
Pallets always come through for such projects, since they can be used to make all the furniture in the mudroom. They never go out of style and can be customized into different items.
Pallets are actually the best for constructing shoe racks that is if you are not getting ready made ones, because they are easy to assemble.
The best material for a garage floor that doubles up as a mudroom is polished concrete. Carpet or wood might not last long because of the frequent exposure to water and moisture.
In case the mudroom had not been factored in during the initial construction of the garage, you may need to redo the flooring (that is if it wasn’t made of concrete initially). While the process of changing the flooring might look cumbersome and expensive, it will save you from carrying out frequent repairs and maintenance.
Besides the normal concrete polish, you can also consider applying epoxy on the concrete. Epoxy is durable, waterproof and it gives the floor a perfectly glossy finish.
There might be cases where it is not possible to change the garage floor entirely. If this is your situation, you can consider placing PVC mats on a section of the garage and dedicate that section to all activities that involve water and mud.
That should be next to the entrance so that anyone coming in can leave their boots and wet coats there before passing through the garage.
Materials Needed to Create a Mudroom in the Garage
- Planks of wood
- Polish and paint
- Throw pillows
- Rollers and paint brushes
- Spirit Level
- Tape measure
- Drill and Screwdriver
- Drill bits and screws
Procedure on How to Create a Mudroom in the Garage
1. Identify the Fixtures that you need
We discussed the fixtures earlier, but the options may differ depending on the availability of space. You need to analyze your garage and figure out what will fit and what might not fit.
Remember you do not want a very congested mudroom, because you risk the growth of molds on your items.
2. Take Measurements
After you have identified the fixtures that you will put up and the exact location, the next step is to take measurements.
While taking the measurements, you should sketch the furniture on a piece of paper and indicate the measurements on the sketch. This will save you from having to recall where you were planning to put up specific items, hence saving you a few hours.
3. Build the Furniture Offsite
In the event, you are constructing the bench and the shelves from scratch; you should do it from outside to prevent having too much dirt in the garage.
While at it, be extremely keen on the measurements. If you have an old bench in the house, you can modify it to your preference at this stage. Again, if you purchased floating shelves, you can skip this step.
4. Install the Furniture in the Garage
This is a simple process that involves screwing the shelves on the garage walls, putting the hooks in place, and arranging the bench and umbrella holder in their respective places.
When putting up the shelves, you should use a spirit level to ensure they are well leveled. If the shelves do not balance well, the items will be toppling towards one direction. You do not want that struggle.
5. Painting and accessorizing
The final step in creating a mudroom in the garage is painting and putting in your accessories such as throw pillows on the bench, and any wall painting you might be intending to put up. The garage mudroom does not need to be boring.
Choose paints that will make the place look bright. For the walls, use oil paint because it is easier to clean out. Remember that mud can get smudged on the wall accidentally and you do not want to repaint frequently. This can be costly.
Last but not least, ensure that all the lights in the garage are working properly. Replace the spoiled bulbs because you will need a lot of light to avoid running over stuff.