DIY Mud Room

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Mud Room TitleThere are so many cute mud room ideas on Pinterest . I decided to try my hand at putting something together in the empty space next to our garage fridge.  I would prefer a built-in, but since we don’t have the money to hire someone and my husband and I aren’t the handiest I decided to use pre-built shelving. If you’re looking to add a mud room space of your own but don’t have any carpentry skills this post is for you.  Read on for the simple steps to creating your own DIY mud room.

Mud Room Supplies

Step 1

Start with the ClosetMaid Bench as a base. I really love this bench because it’s sturdy and has great storage space.  I use them for storage in B’s playroom. Build the bench according to the directions but you won’t use the cushion.

mud room bench

Step 2

Next, put together the ClosetMaid Vertical Organizers, but without the middle shelves.  Set those aside because you can use them for added stability.  Use the provided shelf support to screw the shelf to the wall.  If your shelf is not lined up with a stud you can use  a toggle bolt to anchor it to the wall.  I’m pretty certain I didn’t do this part correctly, since the shelf still moves.  I’m really good with a drill though 🙂

Mud RoomYou only need two vertical organizers, one on each end, because when you put the cube organizer on top it will create the look of three separate sections.

Mud Room While this probably would have been a simple project it got a little more complicated for me when I had to move the switch down for the garage door opener.  Which meant patching the drywall and repainting. Which meant trying to find the paint for the garage, which happened to be all dried up, which meant a trip to the paint store.  So my easy weekend project turned into two weekends.

Step 3

After installing the vertical organizers, put together the ClosetMaid Cube Organizer, excluding the middle shelves and backing.  I put the raw bottom edge against the side that faces our refrigerator.  I attempted to screw the shelf to the wall for stability. Slide the middle shelf pieces on the bottom of each section to give the vertical shelves more support. You can also put shelf pieces on the inside ends of the top shelf.

Step 4

Lastly, screw coat hooks in each section.

Mud RoomThis is the finished product!  I’m pretty proud of it!  Just don’t climb on the shelves 🙂 It’s a great place to keep B’s sports gear and all the shoes that seem to end up by our door.

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