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!

16 responses to “Garage Mud Room

  1. TOHNER JACKSON November 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Nice job man! looks sharp.

  2. davenic March 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I’m putting together a mud room in the garage this weekend and found your article when doing a bit of research. Thanks for the tip about not putting the boxes directly on the floor. I’m not the handiest guy so those are the tips I’m really looking for!

    • diydad March 26, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Glad I could help! I am sure it will turn out great. After having this mud room in place over the winter, it was a total disaster of kids’ stuff, jackets and shoes… but it has kept the mess outside.

  3. Mari Nordvik April 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This looks almost like the plan I have for my very small entry room. I just want the closet to the left and it has to fit the vacuum cleaner, the broom and other cleaning supplies. I hope it’s okey if I borrow a picture from you to show as my inspiration on my blog?

    • diydad April 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Certainly! I post this stuff so other people can use/modify the ideas. Let me know if you have questions and when your post is done.

      • Heidi Mastilak Seibold August 18, 2018 at 6:21 am

        can you send the plans?
        we are trying to copy this for hte most part, and need to know dimensions of the “coat closet ”
        it looks beautiful

  4. mcveighfamilyMatt August 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I love your plan and am doing my best to replicate it. A few questions on dimensions and material. 1) It looks like you overhead storage isn’t as deep. How deep and tall are those? 2) how tall are your “under-bench” cubbies? and 3) It looks like you indented the dividers and used thinner materials. Can you explain what you did there?

    • diydad August 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Glad you like the idea. I am not in a spot where I can get you some measurements, but will get those to you as soon as I get home. The reason that I made the overhead cubbies more shallow was to align them with the shelf that I had installed a couple years ago. You could make yours deeper if you have a good way to hang them. They have been great for storing smaller items like hats and gloves. As for the bottom cubbies… I indented them mostly because I like the look. I think it gives it a little more dimension and think it looks more like furniture. I wish I had a more clever reason, but that is why. Those boards are thinner because I was trying to squeeze every inch of storage out of those bottom cubbies that I could. I had some shelves left over from a couple of those big storage cabinets (I believe you can see them in the pictures) that I re-used as the dividers in those bottom cubbies and they were 1/2″ instead of the 3/4″ that I used for the rest of the project. That extra 1/4″ has allowed use to put bins in those spots which contain the dirt better.

  5. tgirl August 31, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Thank you for showing what it really looks like under “normal conditions”. It’s so hard to judge how much space things take when looking at an empty or staged picture. This really helps, and great job!

    • diydad August 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Not a problem. It still never ceases to amaze me how the kids can throw their jackets on the bench instead of using the hooks and leave their shoes on the mat instead of using the cubbies 🙂 I was joking about griping at the kids in the garage instead of the entry way, but I guess that joke is on me!

  6. Brunild October 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Wow! Seems so cute and useful! I think I will be doing it next month, so my kids can hang their clothes in the garage. Thx for sharing it!

    • Brian October 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

      It definitely gets loaded up with stuff! I closed my closet in with a door and it works and looks great. If you do this use magnetic door closers at the top and bottom to ensure it stays flush and closed.

  7. Anthony Salzman June 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Great looking. Did you ever post the measurements?

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