Mud rooms are room which is built into some houses to act as a barrier between outdoors and indoors.
Generally, mud rooms have easily cleaned floors made in materials like tile, concrete, or linoleum. In extreme cases, mud room may even have drain in the floor to make sluicing the floor very easy. A well designed mud room also has ample hooks and racks for damp, wet clothing, as well as racks or cubbies for shoes. Especially in regions with wet, muddy winters, a mud room can be useful addition as it helps to keep the house clean.
Since they tend to be informal in nature, mud rooms are not the primary entrances of homes.
Backyard door usually leads into the mud rooms, and family members may be encouraged to use it while guests are welcomed through the front door. A mud room which doubles as a laundry room is handy, since wet baskets of clothing do not need to be carried through the house to outdoor clotheslines, and soiled or wet clothing can be immediately dumped into a washer without being tracked through the house.
In addition to being useful in inclement weather, mud rooms are very handy for households with animals such as horses. Soiled clothing can be removed in the mud room so that scents and dirt are not tracked into the house, while animals such as farm dogs may be encouraged to wait in the mud room while their owners take care of business in the house.
Since mud room bridges the space between indoors and outdoors, household without mud room can easily add one, as it simply requires building an addition onto home, rather than doing extensive structural work inside the home itself.