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17 boot room ideas to inspire every home

Our selection of boot room ideas covers all types of mudroom setups. Whether you have a single bare wall, small entryway, utility room or garage to work with, we all need a dedicated space to keep a curb on muddy boots, wet coats, mess, and clutter. Here, we'll show you how to achieve this with style.

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These inspiring boot room ideas will help to inspire the creation of a dedicated mudroom space within your home.

Some people refer to a boot room as a ‘mudroom’ because, as the name suggests, it’s the place where you remove wet, muddy outerwear and boots to keep the mess contained in one part of the house.

Why create a boot room?

We all share the common conundrum of what to do with our damp and dirty outdoor gear after disrobing at home. A boot room gives you a space dedicated to solving this problem for you – making your life easier and minimising the clutter and mess in the rest of the house.

That said, the varying sizes and layouts of our homes mean we each need slightly different solutions. Not only that, but we all have different needs too: some of us have furry friends who love nothing more than getting sopping wet on a long, energetic walk through boggy fields. Others have children, therefore the storage needs start to multiply. Meanwhile, many people enjoy outdoor pursuits that require equipment and/or clothing that need to be neatly stowed away when not in use.

Whether you have a small entrance lobby or porch, a basic utility, a garage that’s crying out to be converted into a mudroom, or the potential for an outdoor boot room area, creating a dedicated mudroom that meets both your needs and budget is possible! Which brings us onto…

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Boot room ideas for all styles and budgets

Regardless of how much room you have to play with, the layout of your space, your needs, and your budget, you’ll find some clever ways to create a practical and stylish area to store all manner of outdoor paraphernalia in this post.

And we’re not just looking at storage either. We cover the most suitable wall coverings, flooring, and furniture for a boot room, among a range of helpful tips and advice for this coveted space. If you’re planning your boot room design, this is not one to be missed.

1. Small mudroom entryway ideas

A porch or small entryway has the ability to house many clever small boot room ideas with just a few simple additions.

This homeowner has taken a modern approach, with easy-to-clean flooring, a solid oak floating seat, a black panelled wall, brass coat hooks, and generous overhead cupboard storage.

2. Simple mudroom ideas

If you need a boot room space but prefer to keep things simple, take a steer from this concept.

This homeowner has included crisp white MDF panelling to protect the walls, classic hooks for bags and coats, and built-in seating that includes space for storage baskets.

3. Narrow boot room ideas

Boot room concept image

In a narrow boot room, you may not have width to play with, but you still have height! So use it to its full potential.

Take one wall and install floor-to-ceiling storage. Whether that’s a built-in unit or standalone items, as seen in this concept, make the available space work hard for you.

You could even build cubby holes on the shelf above the coat hooks to house wicker storage baskets.

4. Mini mudroom ideas

Mini mudroom idea - using understairs storage
Mini mudroom concept image

Where space is at a premium, build a mini boot room in an unused area.

This awkward understairs area makes the ideal solution for storing coats and bags. Meanwhile, a bench seat with drawers offers somewhere to sit to put on or remove shoes and tidy away gloves, scarves, and hats.

5. Garage mudroom ideas

Garage mudroom concept image

In a busy household, many homeowners are choosing to convert the garage or into a useful boot room space.

With an entire room dedicated to boot room storage, you can dream up all manner of designs to suit your needs.

In this concept, we love the built-in floor-to-ceiling cabinetry painted in a stunning heritage blue. It’s a striking yet practical design, especially paired with exposed brick, wood panelling, a storage bench, and plenty of handy coat hooks. If you don’t have a garage, why not explore basement mudroom ideas along a similar theme?

6. Practical boot room utility ideas

Boot room utility concept image

Some would argue that wet, muddy outerwear and pets shouldn’t share a room with clean, fresh-smelling laundry. However, if you have the space, it is possible to design a harmonious solution.

The pampered pooch in this concept image has its own step-in dog shower and cosy dog crate to chill out on one side of the room, keeping the laundry appliances and work surfaces on the opposite side of the room well clear of the splash zone.

We particularly love the combination of boot room storage, including built-in cupboards, window seat storage, and open shelving. And for a room that’ll see a lot of moisture, the large window is key for effective ventilation, as is an adequately sized radiator.

7. A beautiful butler sink

A deep butler sink is an invaluable addition to a boot room utility space.

Rinse your homegrown produce, cut fresh flowers, soak stained laundry, or scrub muddy football boots. Heck, you could even wash the dog in it!

Even if you’re planning small boot room ideas, make a sink a priority and you won’t regret it.

8. Boot room storage

Boot room concept image

As well as helping to contain muddy, wet outerwear (and pets), a boot room’s other primary function is to provide optimal organisation via a range of storage options.

This concept shows a range of boot room cupboard ideas, including a handy larder space and a tall cleaning cupboard for mops and brooms.

Combined with extra wide drawers, high shelving, and storage baskets, this space is a great example of a clever boot room utility idea.

9. Simple boot room storage ideas

Simple boot room concept image

A boot room doesn’t necessarily need to have bespoke built-in units – simple storage ideas for mudrooms can be just as effective.

The rich charcoal paint in this concept creates a classic backdrop for a selection of basic freestanding units, as well as matching coat hooks and shelving.

Personalise the space with some greenery and carefully selected ornaments and you’ve got a beautiful but simple boot room.

10. Built-in boot room storage

Built-in boot room storage concept image

You may have existing structures to accommodate when designing your boot room. For example, the entrance step in this concept.

Whether you have windows, doors, or an awkward nook to work around, a skilled carpenter will be able to create bespoke built-in storage for your boot room. They can also work wonders to create clever small boot room ideas to suit your needs.

11. Practical boot room flooring

Practical boot room concept image

Your choice of flooring is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to boot room design.

As a high-traffic part of the house, your boot room flooring needs to be durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. Concrete, brick, matt porcelain tiles, and flagstones are all classic options, but there are plenty of cost-effective alternatives to natural materials available.

Dark flooring will hide the dirt better between cleans – as will dark grout if opting for tiling. And if budget allows, underfloor heating is a real luxury.

12. Choosing the right boot room paint

Entryway mudroom concept image

Dark and dramatic, light and airy, or rich, heritage hues; anything goes when it comes to boot room paint colours. The most important thing is the type of paint you opt for.

Whether you’re painting bare walls or panelling, choose an eggshell or washable paint to give a durable, wipeable finish.

13. Ideas for mudrooms on a budget

Budget boot room concept image

If your budget doesn’t stretch to bespoke storage solutions, there are still plenty of other ways to include some of the core elements of a boot room in your home.

Freestanding shoe storage is inexpensive and keeps all your footwear neatly stored, while a freestanding shelving unit provides space to stow bags and hang coats. Hanging statement hats on the hallway wall helps to signal this as a designated boot room area.

14. Stretch your budget with reclaimed or repurposed items

Who says a ladder has to be for climbing? And shutters for doors? This homeowner has gotten creative to make cost-effective seating and wall storage with a beautiful rustic vibe.

15. Modern mudroom ideas with limited space

Just because you don’t have a dedicated room to create a mudroom, it doesn’t mean you can’t create a defined zone for boots, shoes, and outdoor wear.

A small section of your home’s entrance can be designed to tick many boot room boxes: storage for outerwear, an umbrella stand, washable floors, a place to remove shoes and boots, and a rack to stow them away neatly.

16. Outdoor boot room ideas

In an outdoor boot room, a place to safely store all your gardening equipment and tools is key.

We love the novel hanging space in this concept, created by upcycling a ladder. Not only has it been painted to match the vibrant wall colour, but it provides a handy narrow shelf too. You could easily attach some garden twine to create a lightweight drying line to peg up wet gardening gloves.

And of course, a welly boot rack is an essential item to help soggy footwear dry out and stop creepy crawlies from making their way in.

17. Dressing an outdoor boot room

Keen gardeners will appreciate a sturdy potting bench with plenty of useful storage and somewhere to take a pew after a hard day’s work outside.

The simple wire wall shelves and wall-mounted tools help to create a space for all the essential items.

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What are the core components of a boot room?

Done well, a boot room will not only transform how you enjoy your entire home and improve your level of organisation, but it’ll also add value to your property. So what are the essential ingredients for great boot room design?

Storage

Include a range of different storage solutions to accommodate the various outerwear, boots, shoes, pet paraphernalia, and outdoor pursuits equipment your boot room will house. Built-in cupboards, open shelving, storage baskets, and wall hooks are all key players in a mudroom.

Flooring

Opt for flooring that’s durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. If you’re going for tiles, choose dark grout to hide the dirt. A heavy-duty doormat is essential for taking the brunt of the dirt. If you lay a rug, make sure it’s hard-wearing and/or washable.

Walls

Wet coats, soggy dogs, and dripping umbrellas aren’t a problem if you have durable wall coverings. Choose an eggshell or washable paint whether you have bare walls or panelling and install a splashback if you have a sink. If your boot room space is connected to your kitchen, choose complementary colours for your cabinetry, decorative elements, and wall paint, for a cohesive feel.

Furniture and furnishings

A bench seat is a classic component in a boot room (bonus points for choosing a design with added storage underneath). If you opt for seat pads, choose a moisture-resistant fabric for the covers, preferably washable.

Heating

All that moisture needs to go somewhere (preferably not into your walls as it’ll cause damp). Install a radiator and ensure you have adequate ventilation (fit an extractor fan if you don’t have a window).

Lighting

A boot room isn’t necessarily somewhere you need to create ambience with lighting; instead, choose recessed spotlights for good overall light distribution.

Personal touches

A vase of cut flowers, a plant, paintings, and carefully chosen ornaments will all add visual interest to your boot room.

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