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No Mudroom? Check out our built in kitchen cabinet wall closet solution that not only matches our kitchen cabinets but it has closed locker style doors, pull out drawers for storage and a built in bench over the heat register! Updating a kitchen wall or existing kitchen cabinet to store coats, shoes and backpacks is a great way to create a kitchen mudroom space for each family member- even if you don’t have one. This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience – see disclosure.
One of the issues we had in our old home was we didn’t have a designated mudroom off the back door, side door or front door. We didn’t even have a coat closet off the main entrance so finding an organized solution for coats, hats, shoes and backpacks was a top priority.
Mudroom Closet Organization
I searched google and pinterest for updated mudroom ideas and design ideas and this was the best idea – build over the baseboard heat register.
If you haven’t seen our modern kitchen remodel, check it out here. This kitchen wall below not only had a window but a baseboard heat register which posed a problem for installing kitchen cabinets.
We decided to build the mudroom wall (which is right off the garage entrance) around the window and above the heat register with a bench over the heat register in the middle. I cannot even tell you how much we needed this built in closet space with mudroom bench and it came out great! The upper cabinets are perfect for extra storage for items not used daily.
Here is the kitchen wall space before. This room was random room in between the old kitchen and family room. It was the perfect wall to encompass extra storage.
After the kitchen wall was torn down and new kitchen renovation completed. The amount of natural light that we gained was also a bonus!
Mudroom Closet Cabinets
The fabulous kitchen cabinets are the Masterbrand Diamond Line featuring the Maple Anden style door. We opted to use the same kitchen upper and lower cabinets as our kitchen remodel (see post here) and create a closet wall on the opposite of the refrigerator. I love the tall cabinets with doors! The blue/green paint color on the wall and the white cabinets look very clean and fresh providing that modern kitchen feel we were going after.
We don’t have a coat closet near our garage door so this wall featuring locker styled doors and drawers worked out perfectly.
The drawers are perfect for hats and mittens. This wall space is now a functional entryway and provides a proper mudroom in the perfect spot.
Mudroom Floating Bench above a Heat Register
The mudroom bench color is called Cataile and coordinates perfectly with the bar stools. Installing a floating bench or a bench connected to cabinets is a great solution if you are working around a heat register. You do not want to block the heat source so the bench idea is functional and stylish!
The mudroom cabinets are actually kitchen pantry cabinets which we converted to a locker style coat closet by adding satin nickel hooks. You can see I have my shelves stored in the top shelf. This way, if we ever do get a coat closet, we can use these cabinets as a food pantry or for dishes by simply adding the shelves.
Mudroom Built In Ideas
This wall is one of my favorite features in our new kitchen. Having a bench right near the door is not only convenient but a great place to decorate!
I absolutely love how these pillows from HomeGoods look with the warm colored stain.
We had a heat register to work around, which we couldn’t block the heat, so our designer at Masterbrand created the legs for the front of the unit not only for extra support but aesthetically, they added a lot of character to the unit.
I may end up adding short rectangular baskets underneath the bench during the summer for flip flops and sneakers but for now, I am loving the open look and white kitchen.
Here is another before.
Here is another look at our mudroom closet wall with coat hooks prior to the big kitchen renovation.
Our gorgeous mudroom now features closed cabinet doors to hide the coats.
This is one of my favorite shots with the barn doors. The bench stain color, bar stools and barn doors add so much character to the kitchen.
Unfinished Barn Door + Kit (click here) (we installed 2)
Our pendants are from Restoration Hardware and are out of stock. These silver dome pendants are identical (click here).
Here is kitchen wall before we tore down the kitchen wall.
Here is the kitchen wall with window once the wall was torn down between the kitchen and living room.
Final mudroom kitchen reveal and our built in kitchen cabinet closet solution. See full kitchen remodel before and after here.
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*disclosure: This post was sponsored by MasterBrand Cabinets and we were provided complimentary product. All opinions and words are 100% my own.