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Laundry Room vs Mudroom

Laundry rooms and mudrooms are a common sight in the average U.S. two-or-more bedroom house. If your house has a room that you aren’t sure what to do with, it’s probably intended to be used as a laundry room. Laundry rooms will typically have a water tap somewhere, and also smaller windows than most of the other rooms in the house. If the space is smaller, lacks a water tap, and is located somewhere close to the front or back door of the house, then it’s probably a mudroom. What’s the difference between a laundry room and a mudroom, exactly?

Laundry Room vs Mudroom

How can you use your laundry or mudroom once you’ve figured out what you have in the house? Read on to learn how to make the most of the additional space.

What’s a Laundry Room?

Laundry rooms are small to moderate-sized rooms that make the common job of doing laundry easier. The average laundry room contains a tap, usually where a washing machine can be plugged in. Some laundry rooms will contain a sink as well, though not all of them do. Some homes have small laundry rooms that are only big enough for the washer and dryer.

What do you do with a laundry room?

Well, laundry, but you can also use a laundry room for anything else with it that you can tackle in the small space. Some people choose to use their laundry rooms for extra storage or reading nooks instead of for laundry.

What’s a Mudroom?

A mudroom is a smaller room in the house, often located in or near an entry hallway. A mudroom is usually located in this area because people pass through this area before entering the main part of the house.

The difference between a mudroom and a laundry room isn’t just the size. Mudrooms are meant to stop mud and other debris from being tracked into the larger part of the home. This makes mudrooms a good place for things like welcome mats, shoe racks, and hooks for jackets and hats.

A mudroom is generally well-lit and offers function and beauty even though they are small. While mudrooms are not generally used for laundry, some people choose to make it a mudroom laundry combo. The good news is that you can do almost anything with a mudroom, as long as you can fit it into the space.

Mudrooms are pretty common in small to medium houses. Many people will treat a mudroom as a place to display books or other memories, while others will use the small mudroom space for a reading desk or chair.

There’s no rule that says you can’t use a mudroom as a temporary (or more permanent) laundry room combo.

What to Do with a Mudroom

If you have a mudroom rather than a laundry home in your house, there are many great ways to put it to use.

If you want to use it as the laundry space, invest in the most portable laundry equipment that you can to keep the area stylish and organized. Tabletop washing machines, small enough to be powered by an average power bank, make for a great way to wash clothes in a smaller area.

More great additions for a mudroom and laundry area include portable shelving. Washing and drying racks come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, many of them are small enough to collapse.

Camping washing racks are especially ideal for a mudroom. These types of washing racks install against a wall and then collapse again to stay completely out of the way.

Helpful Resource: Mudroom Layout Options and Ideas

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