What Should I Put in My Utility Room?
Include these five things in your laundry zone to ensure you’ve made the most of the space
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The utility room is your dedicated laundry zone, so it’s a no-brainer that you’ll need a washing machine. However, it’s worth thinking carefully about its position.
Of course, an appliance located at ground level is perfectly fine, but you could also consider a more ergonomic option. In this utility space designed by Studio35 York, the washing machine is raised off the ground and a pull-out platform is positioned below it. The owner can easily pull garments out of the drum into the laundry basket without bending down and putting a strain on his or her back.
Similar ergonomics can be applied to your laundry basket. To avoid lugging a heavy load to the washing machine, locate your largest basket in the utility room – you can always have a smaller version in the bedroom or bathroom that you can use for transferring little and often.
Try a basket on wheels like the one in this space by Higham Furniture. An area has been left empty beneath the worktop to tuck the bin away, but it can be rolled out when needed and easily moved next to the appliance.
Clothes dried on a washing line outside are the ideal, but sometimes that’s just not possible – which is where a trusty indoor drying rail can come into its own. Maximise space in your utility room by installing a drying rack up high, preferably hanging from the ceiling.
In this home designed by Richard Parr + Associates, the utility room has a metal drying rail attached to a panel on the ceiling. It hangs in front of the window to catch the drying rays of any sunlight streaming in from outdoors.
If you have the space, a sink will be invaluable in your utility room. Use it to hand-wash garments, to apply stain remover before machine washing, or to clean more heavy-duty items.
In this utility room designed by Lisette Voute Designs, the ceramic basin is positioned right next to the washing machine. It’s an ideal spot, as the owner can quickly throw pre-rinsed items into the drum without splashing the floor.
To really make the most of a utility room, storage is key. The hardworking space usually needs to house a multitude of items, including a cumbersome vacuum cleaner and ironing board. Maximise every inch of your room by measuring out your storage to fit exactly what you need.
Here, the team at Kia Designs have built a cupboard with the right dimensions needed for a vacuum cleaner, appliances and cleaning items. They’ve also included nifty wall-hung storage for the iron and ironing board.
If you’re planning to invest in some bespoke storage for your utility room, find carpenters and joiners in your area.
If your utility room is next to the back door, hooks, shelves and cabinets for boots, shoes and coats will be particularly useful. It’s here that you can keep all those outerwear items you don’t need every day and that would usually be cluttering up the hall.
In this scheme, the team at Design Squared Architects have incorporated a bench with pull-out drawers for shoes. The fronts are handily ventilated to allow the footwear to breathe.
A utility room is ideal for stashing any extra food or equipment you might need for your pet. Plan a cabinet to store items and consider including a spot for your furry friend to rest away from the noise in the rest of the home.
In this utility room, the Canadian team at Soda Pop Design have built in two spaces for pet beds. The cosy recesses are just the right size for the small dogs to feel snug, safe and quiet.
Are you planning a utility room in your home? Is there anything else you’d include apart from these essentials? Share your thoughts in the Comments.