10 Fresh Design Ideas for Utility Rooms
Planning a well-thought-out laundry space is the key to a tidy and stress-free home
Squeezing a separate utility area into your home – even it’s reworking your existing kitchen cupboards to make more efficient use of the space – will help you to stay on top of the dastardly linen and hopefully reduce your household headaches to the barest minimum.
Creating a space for all your household needs – such as a drying rack that tucks away into a cupboard or somewhere to hang your ironing board – then concealing it all behind large doors will help to create a streamlined home.
A separate sink for your laundry and lots of storage baskets are practical additions if you have more room.
Who says the utility room needs to be bland and boring? It’s not usually the most glamorous of spaces, but you can add some creative cool by daubing the walls in a dark shade of grey.
Most of us place our washing machine on the floor, but elevating it to a more ergonomic height offers storage space beneath and will make it more comfortable to load.
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Squeeze a utility area into the smallest of spaces by sitting the dryer on top of the washing machine and fixing shelves above for washing powder and other essential household items.
The smallest of kitchens can double up as a laundry space if you suspend a drying rack above the sink.
Incorporating a tall cupboard into the corner of the room creates a handy place to store your vacuum cleaner, broom, mop and bucket, and ensures a hard-working space stays clutter-free.
If you have a generous-sized utility room, put the space to good use by adding a row of hooks for coats, gloves and bags, too. Storage above and below can be used for shoes and other family paraphernalia, which can quickly turn the tidiest of homes into total chaos.
If you want to make laundry chores less dull, why not have fun with the design of your utility room? By painting the cupboards in a rich shade of blue and adding an assortment of mismatched, patterned tiles, this laundry space is fresh and invigorating.
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If you prefer your laundry room to have more of a Zen feel, keep the design minimal to help you tackle your household chores. Painting the drying rack in the same shade as the walls here helps it to disappear, while a Shaker-style cupboard design, wicker baskets and tongue-and-groove panelling add country edge to this beautifully designed utility space.
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If you’ve no space for a utility room, consider hiding away your washing machine and dryer behind cupboard doors for a simple laundry solution. Placing a couple of shelves above the machines provides plenty of room to store washing powder and other essentials.
In a busy household with lots of children and animals – cue piles of muddy boots and annoying paw prints – designing your utility space close to the kitchen and the back door makes a lot of sense. As well as being somewhere to stash your laundry out of sight, it’s a useful place to let dogs dry off after a muddy walk.
If you have the luxury of a separate utility room, put it to good use by including a separate sink for hand-washing. With cupboards above and below for storing washing powder and laundry essentials, and painted a soft shade of grey, this room is a self-contained and calm work area.
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