When we designed our family room, we debated whether or not to take square footage away from the open part of the room to create a mudroom. Ultimately, the mudroom was added and it was definitely, without a doubt, the right choice. It is right off the family room and leads to our back patio. We used an Ikea bookshelf (Hemnes) as shelving to hold our baskets. The bench is an Ikea entertainment center repurposed as a bench...
A different mudroom view. This small space takes a beating from our 3 boys but I can't imagine not having it. It is everyone's drop off zone. We chose this tile to mask the dirt that inevitably comes through that door and it has been a good choice.
A shelf for the dogs includes dog treats. Another shelf holds a few small wood organizing bins from Ikea to corral cell phones, keys, etc.
**10/19 Update: I was just made aware by a reader that the Hemnes tv unit has changed a bit since we completed this project. There is now a small gap on the top of the "bench" that was intended for the tv wires to pass through. I think this would be easily fixed by adding a piece of trim over the back of the bench onto the bead board.
There is a small, but adequate powder room off the mud room. Especially useful in pool season so wet feet aren't getting into the rest of the house.
The paint color is Labrador Blue by Benjamin Moore. It's the infamous paint color used on the set of the sitcom "Modern Family".