Utility room storage is essential for keeping your utility and washing area tidy and clutter-free. The main use of a utility room is two-fold: Storage – both for the home and garden – and washing, usually clothing and outdoor equipment. While utility room storage has practical written all over it, it doesn’t have to be boring (promise!).
There are lots of different ways to keep everything you store in your utility room neat, tidy and most importantly, accessible. Think about how you use your utility room – what you just store in the room and the items you use most days. Is your utility room an extension of your kitchen? Is it where you wash up or where you wash your clothes? Invest in relevant utility room storage to suit the needs of you and your household.
Don’t forget to really take your style into consideration as you plan your utility room space and remember that practicality doesn’t mean you have to shun your favourite looks. If you’re a country fan, go for wicker storage baskets. Sleek and chic utility room storage can be achieved with high gloss, colourful storage units and buckets. Traditionalists might like cream or grey units with built-in drawers for hiding everything away
.Think about where you can use on-wall storage, such as sturdy shelving either side of your utility room sink. This keeps washing products high out of reach of little people’s hands. If you mainly use your utility room for washing and drying clothes, you can get some fantastic retro laundry sacks to hide dirty laundry away.
Whatever you’re after from your utility room storage, and however you make use of the extra room in your house, we have lots of ideas in our essential gallery round-up.
An extending column of decorative ethnic tiles like these Moroccan mosaics, exaggerates this laundry room’s proportions, and gives the scheme extra height, while storage cupboards store all your essentials out of sight.
Assorted storage boxes with compartments for shoes are a great storage solution. Give yourself as many units as possible to hold everything you need – especially if it’s a boot or storage room as you’ll want places for both garden and kitchen utensils.
A storage unit with black and white baskets keeps laundry products at bay in this compact utility room, use smaller baskets for utensils and cleaning products and choose a metallic clothes horse that won’t look out of place in a modern scheme.
Not enough space in the bedroom? Turn a utility room into a dressing room by creating a handy walk-in wardrobe space.
Utility rooms don’t have to be boring. Give yours wow factor with sky blue walls, canary yellow storage units and 50s-style wall art.
Separate your laundry in designated baskets to make doing the washing that little bit easier. This utility room uses open shelving – great for creating the illusion of space – to stash away freshly folded laundry as well as boxes for other utensils.
Anodised aluminium shelves are great for storing laundry products. Make them unique by personalising them with paint.
This ribbon coat rack provides a modern storage idea for shirts and coats. Add a pop of bold, bright colour to your utility room to make it stand out.
Industrial storage is an original and highly practical storage solution for a utility room. This bakery trolley on casters is easy to move around.
Try not to let your utility room become a dumping ground, which is very easily done. Think about what you want to use it for and what you need to keep in there. Hang brushes on coat hooks and invest in a sturdy boot rack so that muddy outdoor shoes and Wellington boots can dry off.
Utility rooms are generally limited when it comes to space and storage, so use spare baskets or picnic hampers to store a selection of your small essentials. Not only will it save you money and the time and trouble of installing shelves, it will also add an instant hint of countryside charm.