Utility rooms are becoming more popular to have in the home, to the point where they’re starting to be included in floorplans for new builds more often. Utility rooms house common appliances and laundry facilities as well as often doubling up as a cloakroom and boot store. Basically, they’re a messy room that you can close the door on to get away from.
They make excellent sense, especially in houses with open plan kitchens where the noise of a washing machine or dishwasher can be disruptive. They also often work towards adding value to your home, as long as it doesn’t encroach on the space of your kitchen or downstairs bathroom. If space is an issue but you want a utility room, you can always consider adding a small extension on the side of your home to allow for one. There are plenty of small utility room ideas to help you make the most of your space.

When you decide a utility room makes sense in your home, you’ve still got the hard work of carrying out the planning and renovation to make sure it’s as effective and practical a room as possible. We’re here to guide you through the steps involved in designing your ideal utility room, focusing on the three top utility room ideas.

Plan well to maximise space

When planning a utility room, it’s important to fully consider how you can use the space to its maximum capabilities. Will you use it for laundry? Storage? Will your pets be sleeping there? Would you prefer to relocate your boiler into the room? There are plenty of ways to use a utility room, and it may just become the most versatile room in your home if you put enough thought into it.
The first step in planning is to choose the location, and you should almost always make sure to put your utility room as close to the kitchen as possible. This will mean that it’s easy for any appliances you choose to install to be connected to the main plumbing hub in your house, as well as it generally tending to be the most convenient setting.

Make the most of utility room storage options

One of the key benefits of a utility room is that it can add on excellent storage facilities to properties that are currently lacking, something that’s especially common with older properties. If you’re lucky enough to have a large budget, you could consider kitting out the utility room space in the same style as your kitchen and extend your kitchen cabinet collection into the utility room to add more storage space that’s consistent with the rest of your home décor.
Make the most of wall space in particular, especially if the room is small, by installing open shelving on the longest wall with a place to keep recycling bins underneath. Open shelving means you can stack things, and it’s also ideal for laundry and cleaning products because you can see at a glance whether you need to re-stock.

Choose robust materials for walls and floors

Any well-planned utility room will soon become one of the highest traffic areas of the house, and in a room like that, there’s no use having things that will easily break or stain. If the utility room leads to the garden with a back door, you might also end up using it to store waterproof coats or walking boots – another reason to invest in durable wall and floor coverings.
The flooring you choose should be easy to clean and waterproof and the walls should be easy to wipe down. PVC wall panels and flooring, although most commonly used in bathrooms, are great options for utility rooms. Their waterproof finish means that it’ll be easy to deal with mud splashes and potential condensation from clothes that are drying, and they’re wipe clean so it’s not difficult to keep them in great condition.