Best Size for a Mudroom and Drop Zone:
If you're able to plan ahead, try to keep your mudroom at least 5 feet wide. This will allow space for a standard hallway (3 feet wide) and a spacious bench and/or row of cabinets or lockers (2 feet wide). If a hallway is tight, however, a 4' width can work - plan for a 12" wide Drop Zone, with 12" depth base cubbies instead of a bench.
While there is no "standard size" for a mudroom, you can still determine the room dimensions and features that work best for your family routines.
Here are some examples of Raleigh custom homes with a mudroom and drop zone storage:
- Mudroom outside the laundry room
- Mudroom with separate entrance and staircase
- Dropzone inside the laundry room / mudroom combination
- Dedicated mudroom with full wall drop zone
- Mudroom with dog shower
Use the questions below to reveal your ideal mudroom design, including the best flooring, storage, layout, and location.
Mudroom Design Questions
What should you include in your mudroom? Answer these questions to find out:
1. Who is the mudroom for?
Is the mudroom for you, kids, pets, or guests?
If your next home will be built for retirement (or your kids are older and more independent), your mudroom can focus on ways to stay connected with a mail, key, and message center – complete with device recharging station. Here's a design to consider:
Black chalkboard paint turns this mudroom into a family message center.
On the other wall (see a photo here), a corner bench is great for removing shoes. The storage cubbies are perfect for daily use. The private door - with second staircase access - allows easier movement for older kids, relatives, and guests. Here is a view of this mudroom floor plan:
Compare this mudroom to another designed for young kids. What differences do you see?
This kids' mudroom includes more storage cubbies (low down where they can reach) and coat hooks that are a little lower (designed for jackets and school backpacks - to make morning routines easier!)
This third mudroom is designed for pets - with a dog shower and house.
Design Tip: No matter who will use the mudroom, the flooring should be durable and easy to maintain. Your mudroom will become the center of dirt, mud, water, paw prints, and finger prints, and other messes. Materials like tile or vinyl, rather than hardwood, tend to stand up to water exposure.
2. How often will you use the space?
Are you considering mudroom spaces for daily routines, weekly chores, or long-term storage?
One reason to include a mudroom is to create a space dedicated to all home entry and exit activities. You'll want to include some sort of bench or seat (with storage below). Typically, this also means locating the mudroom entrance near the garage, so the room can serve as a buffer space between the car and home.
A daily-use mudroom may or may not be located the same space as the laundry. (The mudroom pictured here is the closest entrance from the detached garage.)
In many two story house plans, the laundry room is placed upstairs near all bedrooms while the mudroom remains downstairs.
In one story or downstairs master house plans, the mudroom may or may not be connected to the laundry.
In this example, the mudroom serves as a central point between the garage, laundry room, walk in pantry, and kitchen. The mudroom - designed for daily use - will need to stay tidy given its constant visibility to you and your guests.
Another reason to include a mudroom is for long-term storage space for things like coats, boots, umbrellas, and sports equipment. If you're leaning towards trying to organize oversized equipment, also consider adding a few feet of width or even a "workshop" area to the garage or unfinished walk-in attic space.
3. Do you need an dedicated mudroom?
Or will a hallway drop zone storage system meet your needs?
Remember that your mudroom should work for you. House plans often use drop zones and mudroom style storage systems as a way to take advantage of un- or under-used hallway space.
While you may need to keep the space more tidy in a hallway than in a room with a door that can hide the area, you won't "waste" any sq ft in your home.
In this example, the mudroom is actually a hallway leading from the garage to main living areas.
Best Mudroom Bench, Storage, and Dimension Designs:
When looking for floor plans with a mudroom, keep in mind these three important questions:
1. Who is the mudroom for, yourself, kids, pets, or guests?
2. How often will you use the space - every day, weekly, or long-term?
3. Will a hallway, rather than dedicated room, do the trick?
What is most important to you, inside your Raleigh new home? Discuss, design, and decide what your next home should look like, with tens of thousands of floor plans to choose from. Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.