Get a boot tray for your entryway
If you live in a climate where winter means wet and muddy boots tromping in and out of your entryway or mudroom, you need a boot tray! These are slim, typically metal trays that fit boots perfectly, while catching all the yucky mud on their soles and keeping it off of your entryway floors. Check out these five boot trays to get you through winter boot season!
Cheap and functional boot tray
If you are, above all, most interested in keeping your entryway or mudroom clean... and for as cheap as possible, a simple, inexpensive boot tray, such as the Container Store's translucent boot tray is the perfect solution. The translucent finish is also nice for smaller spaces when you don't want to fill up your entryway with more clutter -- you'll hardly even see this boot tray! $8
Classic copper boot tray
For entryways that are truly the first impression of your beautiful home, you're going to want a boot tray to match. There's nothing prettier than these Ballard boot trays by Ballard Designs. Both are available in a copper finish -- one with a quilted design and one with a fleur de lis pattern. They're so charming, people will forget that they're there for function as well as decor. $49
DIY boot tray
If you're on Pinterest or a home design blog follower, it's likely that you've seen this do-it-yourself boot tray idea pop up recently. Martha Stewart featured it on her own website recently and this is one DIY that even novices can conquer! Pick up a cheap, simple boot tray at your local hardware or home store and fill it up with round, smooth pebbles or decorative rocks of your choosing, also available at the same stores. The rocks will help mud and water filter off your boots and into the tray easily. To clean, throw all the rocks in a colander and rinse them in your laundry room sink!
Space-saving corner boot tray
Do you have a boot corner in your entryway? This boot tray was made for you! The Romanoff corner boot tray, available on Amazon.com, is perfect for stashing muddy boots in the corner, away from the rest of the entryway accoutrements. In addition to being functional, this boot tray is also good-looking -- it comes in a glossy red finish that will look just as good as the boots your put in it. $18
Two-tier boot tray
When one boot tray just isn't enough room for your entire family's boot collection, this two-tier boot tray will save the muddy day! It can hold up to six pairs of adult boots, allowing plenty of room for your family and kids to easily load up their muddy boots and shoes and keep them off of your spotless entryway floors. Plus, it's made of aluminum and recycled plastic and comes apart easily, making it a breeze to rinse off in your laundry room sink when it gets too dirty.