When space in your home is at a premium, an addition like a mudroom may seem out of reach. But chances are that you actually do have some space that’s currently unused that can be put to good use as a mudroom. Where is that space? In your garage. The garage is a perfect place to store items like shoes and raincoats. If you’re like many homeowners you already use the garage as one of the primary entry points to the home anyway, so it’s a convenient place to drop off outdoor gear. Creating a garage mudroom is easier than you think, even if you’re on a tight budget. Take a look at some easy steps that will let you create your own garage mudroom.
What You Need
It doesn’t take too many materials to create a garage mudroom. You’ll need 2 1×4 pieces of pine wood, some Scotch Extreme fasteners, some 3M Command Wood stabilizer strips and 3M Command Outdoor Metal Hooks, and some decorative strips. You may also want name tags if you plan to personalize each hook. Don’t forget to pick up some paint in a color that matches or complements your garage interior.
You don’t need too many tools to get this job done. A nail gun can help you get the work finished quickly, but a regular hammer and nails will do just fine if you don’t have a nail gun. Make sure that you have a paintbrush to paint the wood and trim. You may need a saw to cut the wood, but if you don’t have one, you can always ask them to cut it for you at the store.
What to Do
First, measure the space to make sure that your mudroom addition will fit. Then assemble the wood. Use the wood stabilizer and nails to ensure that your wood strips are firmly in place and make sure to measure as you work so that the assembly is straight. Once the wood pieces are in place, add the decorative strips to the top.
Now it’s time to personalize the addition. Paint the wood and trim, taking care not to leave any drips or bubbles. Allow it time to dry completely before moving on. Attach the fasteners and hooks according to the directions on the package. Then attach the nametags if desired.
Now that you have the basics in place, you have a place to hang coats and purses, and you can always line up shoes on the floor underneath the hooks. However, you can also add accessories to further personalize the space and make it more organized and functional. For instance, placing a large wicker basket on the floor gives you a place to put shoes where they won’t get in the way or get knocked over.
Hanging baskets on the wall next to the hooks gives you a handy place to store umbrellas and other items that you may be carrying. Add a wall clock or piece of art to further personalize the space. Don’t forget a boot tray for wet or muddy galoshes, and a welcome mat in front of the entry door so that people can wipe their feet before entering the house.
Your garage is a handy space for more than just your car, and garage renovations can be much simpler than you think. To find out what else you can do with your garage, schedule your free design consultation.