Garage Mud Room

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Project by hutchmp posted 01-18-2011 09:08 AM 129390 views 37 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, my first Lumber Jocks project post! We needed more storage space for jackets, shoes, ext. than what our hallway closet offered (especially with 3 kids). I looked at a lot of online photos of mud rooms and took elements that I liked and would work for our needs. I started first with the bead board over the drywall and smaller bench on the right (12.5” H x 36” W x 13” D) around Thanksgiving. I used 3/4 inch plywood and joined it with biscuits. I did a good bit of research with the kids on a good height and depth as well as the cut outs for their rain boots (yes, it rains a lot in Washington). I rounded all the edges and corners with a 1/2 round over router bit for comfort and safety with the kids. Did the adult bench (18” H x 36” w x 15” D) in the same fashion. I did two separate benches so when the kids grow, I can remove and put in a taller one. I got the cubby idea from a hanging one we had in our closet (that takes up a lot of space). It’s great for hats, gloves, ext. and everyone has their own space. I used 1/2 plywood and the cubby size is 6.25” W x 6.25” H x 13” D. Used poplar for the coat racks and routed out a profile on the edges. Trimmed out the top with the same molding that is throughout the house so that it tied in well. Finally, I added some hooks on the side of the cubby tower to hang our umbrellas.

The best part of this project is that I had a great excuse to purchase several new tools with the wife’s backing!

Not an extremely hard project, but I have very limited time. Wanted to post this so that others may get an idea from it to use. Take Care.

-- Hutch

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 01:11 PM

this is great – not only very functional but a very artistic design, with the “steps” in height of all the elements

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 01:25 PM

looks good and works…great idea…..well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 01:29 PM

Neat, clean and nice…& functional. Great job!

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 01:38 PM

This is a great idea.. I can see one of these in every mud room…

Very well done,


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 02:08 PM

Great Job, neat Idea with the changing highs of the benches.
Congrats on the purchase of new tools.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 03:41 PM

Wow, gotta love it. Practical and very good looking.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 04:22 PM

Very nice. That is a great idea to have to partial shelf for the tall boot to fit in.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 04:52 PM

That is awesome! I’ve been trying to plan something similar, only about half the size due to the location, but this is definately going in my favorites

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 06:40 PM

Great work, very clean and I like the crown nice touch with the rope molding. How do you get the kids to be so clean LOL,,,, Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 06:43 PM

Well …

I don’t know what you were hoping to hear, but … I love it. It’s beautiful. And … living in 4-seasons country for the first time in my adult life … well understand how necessary and helpful this is.

Great job !

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