Mudroom Alternative: Coat Hooks and Baskets

Anyone out there live in a front split besides me?  I absolutely love just about everything about a front split, except one thing… the entrance.  (Anyone out there feelin’ my pain?)

When we come home, and four of us pile in the entrance way, it is so crammed, we can barely remove our shoes.  And when it’s winter, in Canada, with snow pants, big boots, hats, and everything that comes along with it… well, it gets chaotic.  And it’s -25 outside, no one wants to wait outside while the entrance way clears.

Here’s a picture of the said horrible entrance way… and I didn’t even bother to sweep, so you get a real look at our life :)

I had to find a solution – a mudroom alternative.  There was no room for storage furniture on the landing (that’s what we call that little bit of floor where you come in the front door before deciding if you want to go upstairs or downstairs).  However, at the bottom of our basement stairs, we had a little nook in front of our “storage” room, which is actually the space under the stairs.  The door to the storage space had to open, so again, no room for furniture or a closet, but there was room for some hooks for the snowsuits.  The small wall across from the storage room door also had a little space for a storage cubby where we could store hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, bella clavas… you get the idea.

We hung a hook rail on the wall beside the storage room, and of course, I had to pretty it up!  I added a picture of each of my daughters above the hooks, and then cut some vinyl with my silhouette.  I added a cute monogram and a little banner.  I decided to do brown because my mother in law gave us an adorable brown frame that I really wanted to hang above the cubby shelf, and this would help tie in the color.

I added some cute family photos, and hung it above the cubby shelf.  I also added some cute vinyl decal arrows with our family name, and the number 4 (since there are four of us).  I used some fabric I had left over from some chairs that I recovered and added a few decorations.

Let’s just say I am in love.  My kids came home today, quickly removed their boots, and went downstairs to remove their snow gear.  It was so smooth – no hold up, it just flowed.  I am so happy that I figured out a solution to this issue, because I adore my house, but not my entrance way.

What about you – have you found a way to work around a problem space in your house?  I just love it when you find a solution that just fits your life, family, and house perfect, and I would love to hear yours!

About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.


  1. I love what you did with that space! Super great cozy entrance now!

  2. LOVE the transformation, Sarah! Looks fabulous and so tidy 😉

  3. Looks amazing! Great job!!

  4. Great job! Love it.

  5. Looks great, friend! I love how you have worked with a small space and made it functional for you!

  6. Such a great alternative to a mudroom, it’s so lovely!! I feel your pain, we have virtually no entryway either. I dream of having a “real” mudroom one day!

  7. It looks wonderful…I love the little frames and initials! You definitely have to use your vertical space when your deprived of extra floor space.

  8. Cute! Mudrooms are so helpful and yours looks great.

  9. What gorgeous entry decor for what could be an awkward space!! Love it! I found you at the 36th Avenue. Your blog is delightful, and I’m a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my place when you have a chance. ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. I love your tiles! I have an entry way but no space for storage because wall, by the door is just to right of the door. I try to have a mirror there by my daughter keeps on moving it to put her makeup on. Now the mirror is in the garage to be repainted. To the left of the door is where I keep my dining table. I want to put a bench under the window and have baskets for shoes and stuff. Thanks for sharing. P.S. I found you at 36th Avenue.

  11. Love this! I always need hooks by the door. We have no immediate space at our entrance so I put an over the door hook on the bathroom door and it works great! Found you via Keep Calm and Link Up.
    I love it if you visited my cleaning blog.
    Have a fabulous weekend,

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