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Mudroom Basics: What You Must Have

Everybody wants a mudroom these days, and for good reason, but you can't DIY a mudroom without a few of the basics.</br></br>What are the basics for a mudroom? Well, what’s a mudroom, anyway? It’s like the airlock on a spaceship – a place where you can hang up your spacesuit and decontaminate. Here’s what you need in your airlock:</br></br><strong>1. A Water Source</strong></br></br>They might use particle neutralizers and depressurization in space, but here on Earth we use soap and water to get clean. That means your mudroom needs a water source.</br></br>Normally, this amounts to a <a title="Bathroom Sinks &amp; Drains" href="https://www.atgstores.com/bath/bathroom-sinks-drains/" target="_blank">sink with a hose attachment</a>. But, some people go with a full-blown shower and others opt for a bucket of soapy water. There are no rules to getting clean, so long as you get there.</br></br><strong>2. A Tile Floor</strong></br></br>A carpeted mudroom isn’t a mudroom; it’s a Roman Coliseum for carpet, and the carpet always loses.</br></br>Your mudroom floor doesn’t have to be tile, but it should be something nonporous and easy to hose down. This is the point of a mudroom; a place that you can get dirty because it’s so simple to clean.</br></br><strong>3. A Drain</strong></br></br>This has to be the trickiest element of a DIY mudroom, because installing plumbing isn’t something that happens with the snap of the fingers. And, it’s tough to have a mudroom without a convenient way to drain off the water you use for washing up.</br></br>That’s why a lot of DIY mudrooms start in the garage or laundry room. Many garages and laundry rooms have drainage, and it may be just a matter of creative positioning to utilize it.</br></br><strong>4. Seating / Storage</strong></br></br>You need a place to stow your gear when you’re getting cleaned up, and mudrooms are the waypoint between the outside world and the dirty laundry.</br></br>Add a <a title="Hampers" href="https://www.atgstores.com/storage-organization/laundry-storage-organization/hampers/" target="_blank">hamper to collect dirty clothes</a> and some other storage for things that just kind of stay dirty, like your work boots, shop towels, gardening gloves and overalls.</br></br>And, that’s about it. Everything else about a mudroom is flexible, and if you need help with that plumbing you can always consult a local plumber or contractor through <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">Porch.com</a>.
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