9 DIY Mudroom Drop Zone Ideas for Large and Small Entryways
I can’t think of anytime of the year that my own back entryway doesn’t take a beating. Just ask my family. It’s the perfect place for family members to drop their stuff and run.
So recently I got to thinking that there has to be a better way to organize this space without it costing me an arm and a leg. And, it needs to do more than just store coats. There are keys, mail, backpacks and more that need to find a home.
What is a Mudroom and Drop Zone?
For starters, a mudroom and drop zone are a designated space or room right off the entry foyer or backdoor to drop off one’s coats, boots, etc. It can also be used as the hub where bills are paid, family calendars are updated, and even the kid’s school papers are accommodated in an orderly fashion.
Some folks even incorporate a mudroom drop zone into their laundry room–which is quite acceptable, as this keeps most items that might be dirty located in one spot.
What is important about mudrooms and drop zones is that what you bring into the house is organized.
Sounds too good to be true? It’s really not.
And, if you are limited by a small entryway, you can incorporate a plethora of mudroom ideas for small spaces just by adjusting the dimensions from larger storage units or plans.
Check out these super ideas for a large or small mudroom drop zone that are easy on the budget and totally functional, too.
1. Backpack Storage Ideas
It goes without saying that one of the areas that get most queries about are backpack storage ideas. And for good reason.
Kids in typical fashion come in and drop off their backpacks right at the doorway without a stray look behind. So what to do?
Well, if you are looking for entryway backpack storage, look no further than this simple DIY project.
I’m a fan of shabby chic, if you didn’t know already, and this back entry coat rack with backpack hooks is just the ticket for super tight spaces. The trick is to align your anchors with the studs, so the hooks can handle the weight of whatever gets hung.
I also love the rustic faux window mirror. It gives the space a bit of depth, like a faux window and utilitarian to make sure everyone looks their best before facing the world before they leave the house.
Source: Meadow Lake Road
2. Built In Command Center Cabinet or Hutch
Drop zone cabinets and hutches are a great way to squeeze out much needed storage space–especially when you’re trying to combine a mudroom along with a command center option.
They offer both lateral (side to side) storage along with vertical (up and up) storage and is a space-saving option.
While it might cost a bit more than other alcove shelving ideas, the storage potential alone is something I think will turn heads.
Moreover, you’ll love the internal shelving that hides all the paperwork, files and more with little else than a wall-hugging design.
Source: Mullet Cabinet
3. Small Entry Storage Bench
Old fashioned mudrooms offered a bench to remove your boots, so as to not track in dirt into the house. Well, this concept is well in hand even in the 21st Century where you can use a storage bench to not only store boots but also purses, backpacks and more.
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4. All-In-One-Place Family Command Center
Here is another example of a great command center that uses a small entryway nicely.
This all-in-one family command center is one of those drop zone ideas that provide a perfect storage solution for families on the go. The basket system located in a “bookshelf” type unit, works well when you want to keep everything in its place with no fuss or muss. And, best of all, there’s plenty of space on top of the unit to write out any last minute bills or to-do notes.
Source: Simple As That
5. Informal Drop Zone Alcove
When dealing with small drop zone ideas, simplicity works best. This is especially true if you have no more space to spare as in the case of this entryway alcove.
What is great about this option is that it’s easily organized with a simple handled wire basket and a simple shelf unit that still allows one to set their keys and mail down.
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Again, the mirror adds a finishing touch to this very tight space. I think the only thing I would add would be a boot mat to catch the drips.
6. Wall Command Center
This family command center reminds me of something Benjamin Franklin once said: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Take a look at the way in which everything is arranged. From the dry-erase wall calendar to the see-through wall-mounted wire folder holders, to even the white note board (located so even the youngest members of one’s can write a note), is considered.
Source: One Creative Housewife
7. Utilitarian Drop Zone Furniture
What drew my attention to this back entry solution is the idea of using something one already has but not really making full use of. In other words, if you have a shelf unit like this baker’s rack that’s just gathering dust, how about repurposing it for a family drop zone.
The potential is there for even more storage, if one adds a couple of large wicker baskets or folding canvas storage bins. You can even attach a few side hooks to hang one’s coat or umbrella. Neat and sweet and doesn’t even cost a dime.
Source: High Heels Give Me Gas
8. Simple Cubby Drop Zone
Some folks think you have to have an entire room devoted to a mudroom but that isn’t so. Take this simple cubby drop zone. With just a few feet of space, you can transform an empty wall of no consequence into a hardworking coat rack and storage shelve. Using the idea of height, you could even add an additional shelf to store hats, mittens, and gloves when it’s out-of-season.
Source: Downright Simple
9. Budget-Friendly Mudroom Crate Design
Here’s another super idea for a low-cost house drop zone solution to include in one’s mudroom design: think wooden crates. They’re stackable, paintable, stainable, but more importantly useful for housing just about anything. And, another thing I love about this option are the two finished planks that function as a note holder and a coat rack. Delightfully simple and finish this area off nicely.
Source: A Beautiful Mess
If you love these low-cost mudroom drop zone ideas, be sure to check out all of my organizational favorites on my Pinterest Board: Organizing Ideas from Wisconsin Homemaker.