Everything must work as storage in a small mudroom. Use a single piece of furniture as a room-defining purpose, with a mudroom bench to sit and cords sneakers and cubicles down to hide those sneakers when he gets home.
Inside mudroom bench some room for badminton rackets out of season or ice skates. Behind the bank to hang a mirror. As high as the ceiling shelves can store hats and gloves on the lower shelves and rarely needed items up. Install a line under the mirror hooks to hang jackets and coats. Umbrella and tuck stand in the corner and, if space, more hooks for backpacks and a basket for keys and reusable shopping bags. All-in-one pieces for an entry or mudroom sometimes can be found in antique shops in the country, the sale of Internet sites or in catalogs of furniture.
Mudroom bench or stool with wheels lightweight is useful to take off muddy boots. You can “stretch” the too-small mudroom some — especially if you have a small overhang porch — entry or by placing floor mats outside and inside of the outer door. Keep starting brush for cleaning out mud, leaves and dirt. Boots can be removed at the door; hang coats and umbrellas inside.