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dog cages underneather counters
a table or island in center of mudroom would separate traffic areas, laundry area from back entry area.
I would put some baskets below the bench, but leave other area there open for boots. A hooks & bench system like this would be simple. Backpacks too heavy for hooks? Plan for storage of hats/mittens.
stool in laundry area
good idea to make bench in mud room deep so short people can use it as a step.
if used an island or table in mudroom, area around w/d could be completely enclosed in pantry-like storage space.
could get linen storage area into mud room/laundry? Note also simple stools below island, which would make fine place for kid crafts projects.