How To Fake A Mudroom {When You Don’t Have The Space}

Want a mudroom but don’t have the space for it?  Here’s how you can make the most of the space you have and turn it into a mudroom!

Great tips on making the most of the little space you have!

I absolutely love my home.  But that doesn’t mean everything about it is perfect.

I wish my home had a mudroom.  Having a place to drop all of our jackets, backpacks, purses and shoes would be WONDERFUL!

The only problem is we don’t have the space.  We have just a hallway.  It’s a measly 3′ by 6′.  That’s it.

Turn a little hallway into a 'fake' mudroom with this tutorial!

Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it.

My hubby and I decided to make the most of what we already have and convert this small hallway & closet into a fake mudroom.  Today I’m going to show you how to do it too!

How To Fake A Mudroom

In this small space we were able to create an area for:

  • backpacks
  • purses
  • shoes
  • jackets
  • keys
  • sunglasses
  • hats & gloves
  • display ledge for artwork

Impossible you say?  Look at the results & I’ll let you be the judge.

Beautiful board and batten make this hallway mudroom beautiful and functional!

There’s plenty of room for backpacks and coats on the wall

I need this! A place for the kids backpacks!

The board and batten treatment also has a ledge to display artwork.  

If you like the artwork, you can get it for free here (5 different designs & 11 color options to choose from!)

Love this board & batten wall! There's a place for everything!

The ledge also serves as the perfect place to store our keys (so they won’t get lost!)

Love this board and batten wall that has a shelf for keys! Genius! How to fake a mudroom when you don't have the space

In order to fake our mudroom, we cleaned out and organized the adjacent closet and installed a board and batten treatment to the wall.  These two simple projects have transformed this place and made our morning routine much better.  We are loving the results!

Without further adeu, here’s how to do it!

How To Fake A Mudroom {When You Don’t Have The Space}

Treat your mudroom space like expensive real estate.  Spend your space like money–only give space to things that are needed often.  If you can get by with that item being stored somewhere else, do it!

Clean out and organize.  Keep only the items you need on a weekly basis in the mudroom and move out-of-season items to storage.

Create easy access to items you need on a daily basis.  The kids’ backpacks, my purse and our keys all get the prime space on our board and batten wall since we use them all the time.

Items you only need occasionally get second priority.  One of the items that got second priority was our vacuum cleaner.  It only gets occasional use (don’t judge me!) so it gets stored at the back of the closet.

Create a “home” for your stuff that will stay in the space.  Once you’ve decided an item is important enough to be in the space, make a home for it and be diligent about putting it away each time (I’m preaching to myself here)

Use vertical space.  This wall used to hold just a couple jackets.  Now it holds backpacks, jackets, my purse, our keys, and lots more.

before and after mudroom makeover How To Fake A Mudroom

Keep the floor clear.  When the floor is cleared off, it automatically looks bigger and cleaner.  Enough said.

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Make everything multi-functional.  We chose *3 prong hooks similar to these because each hook can hold multiple items.

Hooks with more than one prong offer more storage. Great idea!

Keep access age appropriate.  We installed the hooks right at the kids level so they can easily hang up their backpacks on their own (instead of throwing them on the floor.  If you make it easy for the kids to clean, they’ll be more likely to do it!

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    • Thank you Brittany! I’m still amazed at the difference this “fake mudroom” made in both function and beauty. So glad to see you like it too!

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  2. Carrie… by all the pins I think you inspired a lot of people to take an ordinary hallway and make it extraordinary! Way to go girl! I love it! I love the architectural detailing and of course… all the organizational possibilities. With wood floors I rarely use a vacuum either… brooms and mops – dry/damp are always better choices.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and awesome ‘new’ space with us at Project Inspire{d}!
    Have a blessed week!
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    • This was one of the most fun house projects we’ve ever done since it was relatively easy and made such a big impact. I’m happy to hear this is inspiring others! I have to brag on my hubby–he did such a great job installing it and making it so pretty!