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Last edited 03 Sep 2020
A mud room (or mudroom) is typically a secondary entrance to a suburban American home. It is most commonly used as a transitional space between indoor and outdoor environments and is not meant to serve as the primary entrance to the residence.
It is called a mud room because it is intended to be used for times when entry into the home could cause a mess. These vestibules are meant to give people somewhere to remove and store muddy footwear, wet clothing or other items that are used outdoors. They are also practical places to clean pets when they come inside.
Mud rooms are sometimes referred to as utility rooms in the US, particularly when they are used to house washing machines, driers, water heaters or other equipment for the maintenance of the home. They can sometimes increase the value of a home if they provide a significant amount of additional storage space and are well designed.
 Mud room characteristics
Mud rooms can include:
- Bench or seating.
- Storage units (including something suitable for coats, sporting equipment and other items).
- Utility lighting.
- High traffic flooring.
- Hooks and small storage baskets.
- A sink (especially when used for laundry).
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