Utility rooms can get a little cramped, especially if you have a big family. Architects design the room to be as small as possible so that they can maximise the amount of floor space in your reception rooms and kitchen.
But, unfortunately, this means that practicality can sometimes take a hit. You’d love your utility room to have a little extra wiggle space for all the laundry. But it always feels like a challenge whenever you use it.
Fortunately, there are some hacks that you can use to save space in your utility room and make it more enjoyable to use. Check out some of our ideas below:
Hang A Laundry Line Between Your Counter And The Ceiling
You see all that dead space between the counter and the ceiling? Right now, it’s going to waste. But if you use it, you can actually free up a lot of space in your laundry room and make ironing a breeze.
Start by installing a line a little bit like a clothes rail close to the ceiling and then use it for pegging up all your clothing. Then, when you finish washing and don’t want to use the dryer, you can simply hang your laundry up to dry, without having to leave it for a couple of days on an outside line first.
Stack Your Shelving
Here’s another idea if you’re not yet using all the vertical space in your utility rooms: stack your shelving.
Shelving is an important component of any utility room. But usually, builders will only install cabinets to waist height.
Instead, try creating a system that allows you to safely stack all your laundry baskets and bins right up to the ceiling. Usually, some simple shelving will do the trick.
Go For Dual Purpose Appliances
Dual purpose appliances have the capacity to save you a tremendous amount of space in your utility room. Combining your washing machine and dryer into a single unit could free up a quarter of your floor space or more.
You can also get dual purpose boiler replacement. These heat both your hot water and water for your central heating – again, saving on space. You can now even get boilers that work without the need for a separate hot water tank.
Use The Space Behind The Door
If you’re still stuck for space, you might want to try putting the back of the door to good use. This area is a great place for storing items that can fit in pouches or on hooks. Coat racks, for instance, are a great addition if people come through your utility room from the back door.
Keep Everything Neutral
Lastly, try to keep all your interior décor for the room as neutral as possible. This way, the space will appear less boxy and oppressive. Neutral colors also help everything blend into everything else, preventing you from feeling like you’re being overwhelmed.
So there you have it: some useful hacks for increasing the space in your utility room. Which will you use in yours?