Monthly Archives: October 2013

Garage Mud Room

Mud Room - Final Close

One of our favorite activities is griping at the kids to put their shoes away, hang their coats up and generally quit making a huge mess out of our front entry every time they came in the house.  To be fair, the small coat closet in our entry is way overmatched for a Colorado family of 5.  We always seem to need access to 3 different jackets (each) depending on the weather.  It is an absolute necessity that my wife have easy access to 63 pairs of shoes and my kids sometimes end up wearing flip-flops in the winter (gotta love Colorado).  We were cramming 5 people’s worth of stuff into a closet that my wife could probably occupy all on here own.  We figured… why not give our favorite activity (griping at the kids) a little more space?  Wouldn’t it be much better to gripe at the kids in the garage rather than our front entry?

This project really isn’t that complicated.  It is basically building boxes.  I chose to use melamine because it matches some existing closets we had already set up in the garage and it cleans up easily.  Here is the space I am working with.  As you can see, I did a poor job of cleaning up before taking this picture

Mud Room - Before

Space in the garage cleared out for the new mud room

I started off building the bench with storage space under it.  Each box is about 15 inches wide and 21 inches deep.  I even used some scrap pieces to make a kick plate to cover up the frame under the bench.

Mud Room - Bench Front

Front view of the bench

You can’t just set the bench on the garage floor because of the moisture in the concrete as well as the possibility of melted snow finding its way to the bench, so I built a small frame out of pressure treated lumber to protect the melamine bench.  You can see it in this picture along with the un-attached kick plate.

Mud Room - Bench Side

Closer side view of the bench showing the pressure treated lumber base

To complete the project, I built a set of cubbies to hang over the bench and made a coat closet to keep those extra jackets.  Again… it is really just building boxes.  I also grabbed a few sheets of panelling while I was at Home Depot to hang on the wall and fancy it up a bit.  I anchored some pine boards on the wall above the bench to have something sturdy to attach the coat hooks to and attached what looks like a bazillion coat hooks.  After a couple coats of white paint… and I thought I was done.  But after using this area for a couple of days, I decided to add some of those rubberized garage floor tiles to make it softer and to hopefully keep it clean.

The whole project was about a day’s worth of work (spread over 2 weekend of course… kid activities).  We now have a place in the garage to gripe at the kids!  Here are some shots of the completed project.

Mud Room - After Close 2

Completed mud room with the coat closet door closed

Mud Room - Final

I have to be honest here… this picture is staged with a reasonable amount of jackets and shoes

Mud Room - Final Reality

Here is a more realistic view of the mud room in use. This is before my wife has figured out what to put in the two storage areas above the coat rack. Look at all those shoes!

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