How to Use Utility Rooms Efficiently

Most people’s utility room is an extension off the kitchen area and there is good reason for this.

The kitchen is the busiest room in the home and some functions that take place in a kitchen can be extended into a utility room. Not only that, it can serve as additional area to an already limited kitchen space.

This close proximity allows for efficient and functional use of both rooms. On the one hand, an extra freezer (if you have a large family) can be placed in a utility room. It can have fitted shelves where you can store things like homemade preserves, tins, chinaware, spare glasses, etc..., a good way to de-clutter the home.

On the other hand, a utility room can be used for your laundry tasks that range from sorting dirty laundry to washing, drying, and ironing, and folding-away.

This is not to say you can’t have a utility room in another area of the house. Some homes have the room in the basement yet others have it a converted attic.

Reasons Why You Need a Utility Room

If you are building your home from scratch, it is good to plan the best position to site your utility room.

Of course the most obvious function of a utility room is for laundry tasks so if yours is meant to serve this purpose, make sure your design has an exterior wall because of plumbing pipe work needed for the washing machine and utility sink.

If you need this room for something multi-purpose, for instance, if you need it to serve as a handy workshop, closet organiser, and storage seasonal clothing such as winter coats, then it can be situated anywhere from next to the garage to an extra bedroom.

And if you need one to serve as an extra kitchen area, a pantry and wine cellar, site the room adjoining the kitchen. It all depends on the function you’ll need the space for, both now and in the future.

There are some other reasons why you need to incorporate a utility room into your home’s design. They can also function as:
  • Your DIY craft workstation – a set-up with a work table that doubles up as an ironing surface
  • A room to store stepladders, tool boxes, vacuum cleaner, and carpet/curtains steamer
On a final note, not only are utility rooms great places to do your washing and ironing, crafting, storing, etc..., they allow for a more efficient use of other spaces in the home thus giving homeowners the opportunity to divide work functions into specific areas.

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