Having a utility room is both a blessing and a curse for a number of reasons. On the one hand, having a room entirely dedicated to washing, drying, cleaning and more can open up space in your kitchen for other appliances or storage but on the other hand, it’s another space to organise and make the most of. Some utility rooms can be impossibly small or narrow and seem like pointless spaces – thankfully, this isn’t the case. There are a number of things you can do to really get the most out of even the most awkwardly spaced utility rooms, and we’ve gathered some of our top tips, below.
Make Sure Everything Has Its Place
First thing’s first, you need to make sure you plan for everything to have its own dedicated place in any utility room, regardless of its size. With the number of bottles and tins and boxes, you’ll likely have in your room, everything needs to have its place to prevent clutter and mess. Taking a bit of time before you start stocking up to plan and arrange spaces can help not only reduce mess but make finding things easier when you’re in a rush too.
Be Smart With Furniture
If you’re limited on room in your utility area, using multi-use or space-saving furniture can really help to get the most out of your space. Tall but thin shelves will offer storage higher up, and fold-away steps will give you access to higher spaces without having to have a permanent ladder in place. Ottomans also act as handy multi-use furniture, offering storage for everything from large laundry powders and liquids, to sheets and buckets. Close it up, and your ottoman then offers you a surface to pop a washing basket on top of, or even for use as a seat when folding up piles of clothes.
Stack Your Appliances
If you have a washing machine and a tumble dryer, one way to save on floor space is to stack them on top of each other. You can either install them into an existing cabinet that allows space for them both, or you can use stacking kits to safely place them above one another without having to rest the weight of one directly on the other. However, washing machines are heavier and should be on the bottom regardless to prevent any accidents that could lead to breakages, damage or even injury.
Make It An Open Space
Some utility rooms will be closed away from the rest of the home by a door, but for those with particularly small spaces that can feel suffocating to navigate, opening the space up by taking that door away could make a world of difference. By keeping the space open, you can effectively create an extension to your kitchen or living space that not only makes it appear visually larger but also allows a bit of extra room for you to manoeuvre around when needed.
Or Use A Screened Partition
If you like having a door as part of your utility room, whether for closing out noise or keeping little fingers away from the cleaning materials, you can still create a similar illusion of space by installing a door or partition with a clear glass panel. You get the benefit of being able to see both spaces, with the bonus of keeping both areas separate for whatever reason you may have. A door can keep cooking smells from affecting your clothes, wandering hands or paws from grabbing what they’re not supposed to, as well as the noise of the washing machine or tumble dryer from affecting your conversation or peace. If you want the best of both worlds, a screened partition could be the solution.
There are a number of things you can do to really make the most of your utility room, from getting creative with your storage, to opening up the space to give the illusion that it’s bigger and more spacious. If you’re considering an ottoman for your utility room or for any room in your home, feel free to browse our range or get in touch with our team for more information.