Utility rooms are often neglected spaces in a home. They can easily become dumping grounds become so cluttered that they are no longer of any use. Taking a bit of time and showing these spaces some love can give you a space that is not only functional but also a pleasant place to be.
Before you embark on sprucing up your utility room, you need first to assess what you use your utility room for. Also, what you want to use it for. Once you have a clear purpose in mind for the space, you will be able to optimise it.
For instance, do you want a laundry room, or perhaps an all-purpose dirty jobs room? Do you want a storage space with some appliances or do you want a boot room or even a quiet den for your pets? Perhaps you want a combination of these.
Once you know what you want your utility room to be, then you can start thinking about how you’re going to achieve your goals.
There are lots of clever storage solutions out there that can radically change the function of a room. As most utility rooms can end up becoming storage spaces anyway, you are probably going to want to put some serious thought into how you are going to maximise the storage space. You also should keep your eyes open for nifty solution storage that can give your utility room a spacious and user-friendly feel.
If you are planning to use your utility room as a laundry room, then there are several storage ideas that can help to make your life easier. For instance, you might want to consider built-in laundry sorting. Have some built-in laundry bins enable you to sort the laundry into before you put it in the machine, so you have your colours, whites and delicates separate.
When it comes to a laundry room, you can save your back by raising up the washing machine and dryer. Built-in storage can allow you to raise it to a comfortable level for loading and unloading. You could even go the extra mile by including a pull-out shelf to stand your laundry basket on.
There are loads of great ideas like this out there that can help you design a truly great utility room. if you need some inspiration, you should try talking to an interior design company. Their experience means they are aware of loads of great solutions you might never consider without them.
In pretty much any utility room, ceiling-to-floor storage is worth considering. It gives you plenty of space for all your cleaning equipment and the occasional use items that take over a utility room. This can be especially effective if you have a narrow space to work in.
If you don’t already have one, then you should consider installing a sink in your utility room. It is amazing how much use you can get out of a second sink. Especially when you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty. This second sink gives you a place to wash boots or soak clothes without losing your kitchen sink.
A large basin is ideal, but even a smaller sink can prove invaluable.
Most utility rooms are located off the kitchen. It is also not uncommon for them to not have any windows. This can make then dark and dreary rooms. By considering the method of separation between your utility room and your kitchen, you can change the whole feeling of the room.
Replacing a solid door for a curtain, you can slide back can help to bring light in and also soften the room. If you want something a little more radical, you could consider a glass door or even glass bricks. These can keep the clear separation between the two rooms while also allowing more light in.
A utility room does not have to be devoid of personality. It is still part of your home. So why not decorate it with the same care you have the rest of your home? You can bring some personality to the room with simple touches, from the colour of the walls and artwork to your choice of storage containers.
You could go vintage, retro, fun or classic. If you have some quirky tea towels, then why not use an airing rack to display them? Often people’s utility rooms are just magnolia rooms, with no personality. So it’s not surprising that they would end up becoming dumping grounds rather than a room you want to spend time in.
However, by being smart with your storage solutions and fun with your decoration, you can make your utility room a space that suits your personality and your needs.