Written by Georgia Lockstone

5 unique utility room ideas

Great for shutting away the washing machine and keeping all the cleaning gear in one sacred space, utility rooms are quickly becoming a must-have for many. To help you get the most out of this space, Good Homes’ takes a look at some smart utility room ideas…

Opt for sleek shelving

If you’re lacking precious cupboard space, then modular shelving is the perfect solution. Able to be fitted almost anywhere – it offers a sophisticated way to make the most of your wall space.

But what two things do you need to consider when fitting your modular shelving? Peter Erlandsson, co-owner of string furniture, says: “Firstly, make sure your shelving is deep and tall enough to store your belongings, but narrow enough that it doesn’t compromise your precious square-footage. Also, use a mix of open shelving and cabinet styles to create a display unit that is flexible enough to hide the things you don’t want on show.”

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Image: String Furniture

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Choose flamboyant but functional flooring

Super hard-wearing and easy to clean, vinyl flooring is a functional and affordable choice for any utility room. Perfect for a small space that’s mostly filled with storage, we recommend going for a retro patterned style of vinyl to bring a bit of colour and decoration to the room.

Blue patterned vinyl flooring in a utility room - Utility room ideas - Goodhomesmagazine.com

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Make doggy-friendly additions

Swap lugging your four-legged pal up a flight of stairs for simply bathing him or her in your utility room instead. Dogs are members of the family – so make sure they feel like it by giving them their own special space.

Simon Bodsworth, Managing Director at Daval Furniture, adds: “With approximately 45% of UK households now owning a pet, it makes sense to accommodate this furry friend from the outset. With this in mind, consider incorporating custom designed options like integrated dog beds, showers, and dedicated storage space at the early stages of design.”

A dog on a bed fitted into a kitchen unit - Utility room ideas - Goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Daval Furniture

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Install a deep Belfast sink

Set under the work surface and able to hold a lot of water, these sinks are perfect for practical everyday tasks like soaking stains out of clothes, and cleaning muddy shoes and boots. Plus, with their deep, rectangular form, and farmhouse-style, they’re just as fashionable as they are functional.

A deep white Belfast sink with a gold tap in front of a pink tiled backsplash - Utility room ideas - Goodhomesmagazine.com

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Build fitted storage for bulky bits

Not got much room to work with? Focus on creating dedicated space for storing bulky utility items like vacuum cleaners, mops, and ironing boards, so they’re not cluttering up your space.

Sinead Trainor, Kitchen Category Manager at LochAnna Kitchens, adds: “There are so many clever storage solutions available on the market which utilise small spaces and allow you to hide your clutter away in an efficient manner. Our 600mm lifestyle larders are available in different design layouts and sizes, while our narrow utility areas are also a perfect solution for those wanting to hide away their washing machine and dryer.”

n ironing board, mop, and other cleaning essentials in an open fitted wardrobe that has been painted lavender - Utility room ideas - Goodhomesmagazine.com

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