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Utility Rooms

Over the last 18 months we have all been subject to that additional bit of organising within the home. Whether that be going through your tin cupboards and stacking everything in perfectly aligned rows to printing out custom labels for our pasta jars. I am guilty of both! The recent changes in many of our lifestyles have meant a lot of us spend more time within our homes, giving us more time to focus on how we use them.

It’s then no surprise to find out there has been a Surge in people enquiring about utility room designs. Utility rooms have become the latest commodity! For those of you that don’t know, utility rooms are a space that usually house many of your appliances. They tend to act as an extension to the kitchen and used primarily for Washing, drying and additional storage. However, utility rooms can be so much more than that! The possibilities are endless. These are a few things we suggest you consider when planning your utility room.

Prioritise Your Space

Utility rooms are normally compact so the way they are designed is that much more important! When thinking about your utility room it is best to understand your priorities for the space, they will be different for every person! Utility rooms tend to be a multifunctional space so they don’t need to serve one purpose but underlining everything you need and all the tasks you would like to fulfil in them really helps you and your designer create a layout that maximises the space but is also fit for purpose.

Utilities are so much fun to design and can be so versatile in the way that they are used! Having a designated area for your washing machine, tumble dryer etc really helps to free up some extra space in your kitchen and keeps everything just that little bit more organised! Who doesn’t love extra storage?

Fearn, Kitchen Designer at Smile Kitchens

Zoning

Depending on the size, utility rooms can double up as offices for those working from home. In the design above we stacked bridging cabinets above our tall larders to make sure we were making use of all the height within the space. We created a desk from a different worktop to the rest of the utility room to create a sense of zoning. Small tricks like changing colours, patterns or materials can really help create clear zones in multifunctional spaces. Using different materials in open shelving also creates an interesting look that is chic and modern.

Be Bold

Utility rooms don’t need to be muted or clinical, they can be full of colour and life like our recreation of Stacey Solomon’s utility. They are small areas within our homes that can be bold and beautiful but also very practical!

Stacking Appliances

Stacking appliances is a great idea for a smaller utility room! Stacking a washer and dryer frees up some low – level space which can then be put to other use. This design shows how the use of smaller space with an angled ceiling can still be used effectively!

Smart Storage

One thing we suggest investigating when getting yourself a utility room is storage solutions! Using a pantry cupboard allows you to keep all your food organised and accessible! We offer many different storage solutions that would work in any space. Considering the bits and bobs you would like to store in your utility will really help when putting your design together.

Durability & Longevity

Utility rooms are known for their durability so investing in hard wearing flooring and worktops is essential in maintaining their integrity. Some utility rooms can be more of a thoroughfare for the house. Boot/mud rooms are perfect for families with access to a messy garden. You can include bench seating, a sink and customised racks to store coats on your way in and out the house.

Home For Pets

Another thing you may want to include in your utility room is a home for your pet! Having a designated home for your furry friend is something we should all invest in if we have the space! Using open base cabinets adjusted full of fluffy materials create the perfect escape for our pets and allows them to have their own little haven within the home.

We would love to help you design your utility room, whatever the purpose! For your own utility room design contact us on 0333 015 6515 or visit our Contact us page and one of our designer will be back in touch with you! Let us know your thoughts on utility rooms on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook