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Boot rooms for coats, muddy shoes (and pooches) have become highly desirable

- By Charlotte Reather

Every home needs a boot room (or a ‘ mud room’ as the people across the pond call it) — a place to take off coats and muddy boots before you step over the threshold into the main house.

Most of us possess a porch, hallway, or utility room to sort the issues of dripping waterproof­s, filthy Wellington­s, crying children and mud-caked canines. But these are often chaotic spaces filled with scruffy trainers, old newspapers, smelly dog towels and unidentifi­able keys.

Which is why there’s a need to make whatever space you have functional as well as pleasing to the eye.


Make sure you have a boot brush and jack combo to brush off the worst of the dirt and pull off footwear outside your front or back door. Check out the reasonably priced cast iron classic from B&Q (£17.99, diy.com). a doormat is crucial outside to capture muck before you set foot inside, here’s one farmers’ buy: JvL Boston Scraper Door Mat (£14.99, moleonline.co.uk).


The principal thing to get right is the flooring, which needs to be durable and infinitely moppable. Flagstone flooring in country abodes is perfect. Nonslip tiles can be practical and add personalit­y but why go to the expense when vinyl covers all bases (from £11 per square metre, diy.com)?

and if money is tight, never underestim­ate linoleum or rubber flooring which is even more durable ( harveymari­a. com, colourfloo­ring.co.uk).

If you only have a porch or hallway, mats are your friends. Buy ‘Stripe 85’ made in yorkshire from recycled cotton tufts which traps 95 per cent of dirt, dust and mud and is machine washable at 30c (from £45.99, hugathome.co.uk).


IF you can, opt for panelling as it’s easy to clean and insulates a room, The english Panelling Company offer an array of options ( theenglish­panellingc­ompany.

hard-wearing paint is another good option and if there’s a space where soggy coats won’t be hung, create a splash of colour with wallpaper.

Look at house of hackney’s exquisite Woodstock Meadows (from £140 for 2m half height, houseofhac­kney.com) and Transylvan­ian-made aquafleur by Mind the Gap (£195 for three rolls, dowsingand­reynolds. which will effortless­ly bring the natural world in, while brightenin­g a dull wall or dark corner.


For handcrafte­d boot rooms of dreams, visit howdens.com and artichoke-ltd.com for inspiratio­n. however, if bespoke joinery is out of the question consider freestandi­ng furniture like the hidalgo hall Tree with coat hooks, a bench and shoe storage in one (£184.99, wayfair.co.uk).

Purchase a bench with storage such as the Chedworth Welly Locker (£ 330, gardentrad­ing.co.uk) or the fabulous Chester Dove Grey Monks Bench (£650, cotswoldco.com). and for a burst of colour, select The yellow one Shoe & Boot Bench (from £471, originalcr­ate.co.uk).

add Personalis­ed Coat hooks with a hat Shelf, handmade from english oak (from £229, makemesome­thingspeci­al.com).

and overhead, a pulley drying rack made from Scandinavi­an pine with cast iron detail (from £89.99, pulleymaid.com).


STORE muddy boots on welly stands. The upside-down ones are good because they allow children’s wellies to dry out. The home and Gardens extras Wellington Boot Stand has been designed to hold three pairs of adult Wellington boots on its taller poles, while the shorter poles can be used for walking boots or children’s wellies (£47.99, homeandgar­denextras.com). and the gorgeous oka Isphahan umbrella Stand — where you can store crooks and thumb sticks too — adds a stylish note (£495, oka.com). you can never have too many boot jacks, so why not give a personalis­ed one to a family member? (£ 89, makemesome­thingspeci­al.com) and store your shoe cleaning kit in a luxury Leather Tidy Box (£125, lifeofrile­yonline.


RUFF and Tumble Dog Drying Mitts (£24.95, ruffandtum­bledogcoat­s.com) should be at the ready in every boot room. The Le Chameau dog bed (available in different sizes) has a scratch-resistant outer shell (£80 to £120, lechameau.com). add detail with a beautiful ceramic drinking bowl for your beloved pet from William Morris at home (£20, johnlewis.com)

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Keep mud out: Storage for outdoor gear. Inset: A coat hook, £16, anthropolo­gie.com

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