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Tough Mudroom Flooring that Looks Great

mudroom with durable tile floorMudrooms deserve a certain amount of respect. After all, these rooms are the dropping ground for shoes, backpacks, sports bags, winter gear, as well as a receptacle of all the sand, dirt, snow and gravel that gets tracked in on our shoes and paws.

No matter how many shelves, hooks, and other organization hacks are utilized (and how many times kids are told to clean off their feet), mudroom floors are the recipients of a lot of abuse. That’s why mudroom floors need to be tough, durable, attractive, and easy-to-clean.

Not every kind of flooring can fit all the criteria. Wood floors are attractive and tough, but can be water damaged or stained by standing water. There are other floors, however, that can take whatever life throws at it and still look great.

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl is one of the most popular products on the market and for very good reason. These floors come in a variety of styles that fit with almost every kind of décor. Luxury vinyl floor mimic the look of tile and wood—without the issues. Luxury vinyl floors aren’t as cold underfoot as tile and can be installed without grout (making them easier to clean). While these floors bear a striking resemblance to wood (so close many can’t tell!), luxury vinyl is resilient to water and won’t be damaged or stained by puddles. As an added bonus for handy homeowners, some luxury vinyl plank floors can be installed as a do-it-yourself project (if you intend on a DIY installation, let the salesperson know).

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile can take everything that comes with a busy mudroom. These gorgeous floors are water, odor, and mildew resistant (perfect for rooms that are wet or humid). The one complaint that comes with porcelain tile is that it is cool underfoot; this concern can be addressed by installing the tile over radiant heating. If you are considering the latter, there are two options for radiant heating. For homes with radiant heating, the system can run with a boiler. Homeowners with forced heating can install an electric radiant heating mat under the tile; porcelain tile is a natural heat conductor (and can be installed with a thermostat).

Brick Tile

For a truly unique look or to add character to a home, consider brick tiles. These tiles are incredibly durable and easy to clean; the tiles can be swept, vacuumed, or dry mopped to maintain their one-of-a-kind (and charming) appearance. Brick tiles are also durable and can easily be installed in a neighboring bathroom for a cohesive look.

Waterproof Laminate

Laminate floors are incredibly durable but have not been a recommend flooring choice for mudrooms in the past. However, some new laminate floor products are waterproof, alleviating the concern while still offering an affordable and stunning flooring option for a mudroom (if you need waterproof laminate, let your salesperson know that you are looking for flooring for a room with water). In addition to affordable, laminate floors can mimic the look of wood or stone and can hold up in mudrooms that are heavily trafficked by feet and paws.

Sheet Vinyl   

When it comes to looks, modern sheet vinyl products have come a long way. Today’s sheet vinyl floors look fantastic and are extremely durable. In some cases, sheet vinyl floors have even held up in rooms that have flooded (talk about waterproof!). These floors are easy-to-clean and can take all the snow, gravel, dirt, and sand that gets tracked into a busy mudroom.

Simple Steps for Creating An Organized Midwestern Mudroom

organizing jackets in a mudroomThe amount of stuff that comes with living in the Midwest—boots, spring jackets, winter coats, rubber boots, rain jackets (just to name a few)—well, it’s overwhelming. It’s really easy for your mudroom (or entryway) to get overwhelmed with all the clutter that comes from living in the Midwest, especially when the seasons change or kids go back to school. The good news is that there is a way to organize that stuff with just a few simple planning steps and a day (or two or three or…) of installation:

  1. Plan ahead. We can’t emphasize how crucial this step is to creating an organized and efficient mudroom. Ask yourself what functions you need from your mudroom. Do you need to organize your kids’ stuff? Or do you need a place for all your motorcycle gear? Organizing your papers and computer bags for work? Use every square foot you have efficiently; even small spaces can alleviate some of your storage and organization issues. Measure the area so you know what you have to work with, and take inventory of what you need space for:
  • Boots.
  • Gloves (and mittens and scarves and…).
  • Backpacks/work cases.
  • Jackets.
  • Hobby gear (sports, motorcycle, etc.).
  • Notes, papers, mail, etc.
  1. Evaluate your options. Look for inspiration on the Y’s Way facebook page and other online websites. We’ve seen some very unorthodox organization solutions: buckets, wooden crates, customized furniture pieces, etc. Whatever you choose for your mudroom, make sure it’s flexible enough to fill many uses if you find you need it for something else down the road. Other options for mudroom organization include:
  • Buckets or drawers.
  • Hooks.
  • Shelves.
  • Shoe organizer (the pocket hanging shoe organizer is perfect for organizing gloves and mittens!).
  • Mirror.
  • File drawers.
  • Benches.
  1. Make a plan. Don’t worry about corners; use every square inch possible. A corner can be the ideal spot for hooks or a shoe organizer. Once you have it measured and drawn out, put it aside and think about your plan. Make changes until you have a plan you are satisfied with and is functional for the future.
  2. Look down. Ask yourself if your flooring can take the rigors of a mudroom. Can it take the melting snow, gravel and dirt that inevitably gets tracked in? Your beautiful shelving and furniture won’t be able to hide a worn and stained floor. What’s the best flooring for your mudroom? We’ll start with what’s not the best option. Hardwood flooring and laminate floors, though extremely durable and beautiful, is not the best fit for a mudroom. Any water (or snow) left on hardwood flooring can lead to water stains, damage and warping. That leaves you with a few other excellent choices:
  • Porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is beautiful and water, odor and mildew resistant. If you’re worried about the cold feeling of this tile, you can install radiant heating underneath and enjoy toasty toes even on the coldest winter days.
  • Vinyl. Some of the newest vinyl products could fool even the most hard-core hardwood admirer. Whether your preference is stone or hardwood, these tiles can mimic both styles with colors that floor everyone who enters your home. Vinyl is also durable and soil and stain resistant, perfect for the room that takes the brunt of the elements on a regular basis. If you want to see vinyl in person, head to a Y’s Way Flooring to see the different styles of vinyl flooring.
  1. Install and enjoy. If you need new flooring, contact Y’s Way Flooring to get your new flooring installed and ready for your new organized furniture. Hire a professional or install your shelving, hooks and other mudroom furniture yourself. Make sure you find a stud when you hang hooks; you don’t want your coats to come crashing down. Then sit back and enjoy a day without a mess of boots, shoes, mittens, computer cases and all the other clutter, and a floor that can take all the water, dirt and grime that comes with it!