Mud rooms are a staple of many rural homes across the country. At Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Sacramento, CA, we know that they can also benefit suburban homes too. Here’s our guide on how to establish a mud room in the garage.
What is a Mud Room?
If you’re not in a rural area, you may have never heard of a mud room before. It’s a designated area just inside a secondary entrance where you can clean up a bit before coming into the main area of the house. Imagine a place to kick off your muddy boots before getting onto the nice carpet.
The name “mud room” can be a little misleading because it’s not just for muddy boots and clothes. It can be a great transition place in the home even when conditions aren’t muddy, wet, or snowy. You can simply use it as a convenient place to store your outside items away from the living area. It’s ideal for hanging car keys, keeping shoes (muddy or not), and storing umbrellas, backpacks, and coats.
Make an Actual Room
The most drastic way to establish a mud room in the garage is to build an actual walled-off room. Pick a corner next to the interior door and put up some walls. Make all the modifications you need inside this separated area. It will be easier, however, to simply designate that corner area as the “mud room” even though it’s just part of the garage.
The Right Floor
The most important part of a mud room is the floor. Don’t ever put carpet or rugs in the mud room or they’ll be quickly ruined. Use easier to clean surfaces like linoleum, tile, or even the existing concrete slab.
You may also want to include some items to help out with general clean up. Put a mud brush nearby so that you can scrape your shoes before removing them. If your garage has a floor drain, consider a hose to help clean off the real bad shoes. It also helps if you place a bench or other simple seating in the mud room so it’s easier to get your shoes off.
The Best Storage
Put some general storage nearby based on the needs of your particular mud room. Hanging some simple coat hooks will help tremendously for a small price. You might also want to have some kind of shoe rack to keep everything organized. Place some storage cabinets that can easily hold things like umbrellas, a purse, reusable shopping bags, or anything else you frequently take out with you.
Contact Us for Garage Door Service
If you establish a mud room in the garage, you’ll find it very convenient for all the coming and going your family does. You may find yourself in your garage more often. If so, Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Sacramento, California is here to help you with any problems you may find. Call us today for fast, affordable maintenance, repairs, and installations of garage doors and parts.