Utility Rooms blog post by Catrin Stuart Interiors

A Utility room is fast becoming a must-have in any home and if you are lucky enough to have even a small space then planning the layout is all important.

The first thing to do is work out what you want or need to include in it.

Washing machine, tumble dryer, hanging rail, ironing board, washing baskets, a sink, washing tablets etc. …… You want to be able to fit as much as possible into the space whilst making it user-friendly too.

Stacking the washing machine and tumble dryer is a great space saver, if you can put a slide-out shelf between them to rest the basket on that’s even better to save your back from any unnecessary bending (I wished I’d remembered to do this in ours!).

Some people swear by having them on a plinth to raise the height, some clever washing basket storage placed underneath to make the best use of the space is a good idea here.

Having nooks built in for the baskets and ironing board works well as well as plenty of shelving, handy hooks, and holders on the backs of doors and walls.

Washing machine and tumble dryer stacked on top of each in utility room

Utility or Laundry rooms can be put in any spare space;

Off corridors, under stair cupboards, old airing cupboards or single loos, you just have to check that the plumbing can be sorted and a vent for the tumble dryer but a condenser version is another option.

Pocket or sliding doors are a great space-saving solution to allow easy access and don’t forget to way up the pros and cons of having a laundry room upstairs.

Pull out laundry shelf in utility room

Just because they are practical spaces doesn’t mean that they can’t be attractive and fun, just check out the utility at the Smurf house, amazing tiles and fold-away doors too!

Please get in touch if you would like any help or guidance with your space.