How do I make an easy DIY garage mudroom without spending a lot of money? Below, I show you 2 ways to do it with cheap (& easy) assemble-yourself materials!
1. Buy & Install a Garage Mudroom in About 15 Minutes
First of all, let’s look at the pre-built mudroom essentials that you can purchase online and install in about 15 minutes. All you will need is a shoe cubby and a coat rack.
This option is great for people who don’t have the time to (or don’t want to) build these pieces. Purchasing these items can also give your garage mudroom a more finished look.
I like the ClosetMaid 15-Cubby Organizer because it has plenty of cubbies. In addition, you can buy them in multiples and stack them if additional storage space is needed.
In addition to shoe cubbies, why not use them for storing caps, gloves, sunglasses, electronic gadgets and more? These diving storage compartments are perfect for staying organized. In fact, these awe awesome as home office organizers (but much cheaper!).
They come in 3 different colors: dark cherry, espresso and white. The darker colors work well for hiding dirt, but the white blends into a light-colored wall better. If you plan to install your cubbies up off the floor, this factor is something to consider.
Dimensions (approximate): 19.5″ high x 24.5″ wide x 12″ deep
Cubes measure: 5.75″ high x 4.5″ wide x 11″ deep
Once you have chosen the color of your cubby organizer, select your coat rack (brown or white). Some people choose to have the parts match, while others prefer to have a darker cubby unit and a white rack that matches the wall.
I like the Franklin Brass Hook Rail because it costs less than $25, and it has 6 high-quality double hooks. It also comes with all of the mounting hardware required. No need to go out and buy anything else.
Along with jackets, these hooks are a convenient place to hang dog leashes, keys, scarves, hats, umbrellas, bags, backpacks and more.
Dimensions: 26.5″ long x 3.3″ high x 2.7″ deep
Max Weight Capacity: 35 lbs
2. Build Your Own Garage Mudroom
The second option is to build a coat rack and shoe shelf yourself. Yes, you can build a shoe cubby, but I chose a rack for simplicity and cost sake.
DIY Wall Coat Rack for about $20-25:
For this project, all you really need are some coat hooks, a plant of wood and some screws. I’m estimating the $20 for a 6-hook, 3-foot coat rack. However, you can make your rack as long as you like and add as many coat hooks as you want.
DIY Shoe Rack for about $20
For this simple project, all you will need are wood planks, screws and a drill. As the video explains, if you get your wood pre-cut at your local home improvement store (usually free), you minimize the time and effort it requires to build your shoe shelves.
If you are looking for a certain type of wood or want to stain or paint your finished project, this will add to the cost, but you can still come in under $60.
Keep in mind that there is yet another way to cut costs, minimize work and create a custom mudroom that fits your garage space. That is, you can buy a shoe cubby and build a coat rack – or build a shoe shelf and buy the coat rack.