Utility Room Ideas and Designs

A well designed utility room can rise to become one of our favourite rooms in the house, boasting the accolade of existing solely to make our lives easier. Few of us are fans of chores such as washing, cleaning and ironing, but with a high-spec, well put together utility design they could be a breeze. For this reason, it makes sense to design an utility room to be as functional as possible, the very model of “everything in its place”, with carefully thought out utility room storage. That, however, doesn’t have to mean it can’t look nice – even super-utilitarian appliances like a washing machine, tumble dryer, laundry basket and recycling bin can be dressed up by their surroundings and made to look great as part of your utility design.

What do I need in my utility room?


Most utility rooms tend to be a small room just off the kitchen or hallway, so you are likely to be working with a compact space. Your main priority will involve planning utility room storage around your white goods. A utility room is usually intended primarily as a laundry room, so it makes sense to first install your plumbed items: the sink, washing machine and, if you have one, tumble dryer. If you run short of space and can’t afford to have a separate washer and dryer, then consider an integrated washer-dryer for your utility design. Built-in storage is a great idea in utility rooms to make best use of the available space, and you might want to also consider built in ironing boards, clothes airers and retractable washing lines. These items tend to be a bit cumbersome and are forever getting in the way, so designing special utility room storage for them or fixing them to a wall so they are easily folded away is an excellent space-saver and well worth the implementation. Free standing items such as laundry baskets and clothes hampers can be tucked neatly under specially designed worktops, and a selection of stacking plastic storage boxes, tins or wicker baskets can be used to help keep the room clutter free.

How do I decorate my utility room?


Decorating an utility room is the ultimate exercise in form meeting functionality. As it’s a room that, alas, invariably people spend a great deal of time in, you will want keep the utility room a calm and clean space. Utility room storage is essential for keeping this area tidy; attractively painted shelves and cupboards can be used to stow away all the bottles and boxes used for laundry and cleaning, as well as appliances such as vacuum cleaners and irons. An attractive country style utility design can be achieved by hanging bright or patterned curtains in front of wall mounted shelves – it will perk up the room and keep clutter hidden away. Floors should be hard-wearing and easy to clean (just think of those dirty boots traipsing in through the back door!) – to this end, stone, tile, laminate or vinyl flooring will be the most low-maintenance and durable. All in all, bear in mind that just because this is primarily a practical space doesn’t mean it needs to be dull – you can inject personality into your utility design in your choices of colour and decorative accessories. Consider quirky signage, blackboards for scribbling down shopping lists, and decorative bottles and boxes for stowing away household bits and bobs.

Do I need a sink in my utility room?


Utility room sinks are designed for those jobs that don’t quite belong in the kitchen – hand washing, dirty boots, watering indoor plants – and typically have a more industrial aesthetic than kitchen sinks. In fact, the iconic butler sink’s originally designated purpose was, as you might imagine, a sink for the butler, who was responsible for washing precious glassware and other items that required special attention and soaking. In case you’ve ever wondered, this is why butler sinks are so deep – for that matter, the only difference between butler sinks and Belfast sinks is the overflow built in to Belfast sinks which don’t feature in butler sinks. If the rustic charm of ceramic sinks appeal to you but your utility room would benefit a less substantial piece, French farmhouse sinks may be the perfect option; cast in French clay to produce a more refined finish, farmhouse sinks can be a thinner, more elegant alternative to their robust counterparts. As well as offering practicality, ceramic sinks make a beautiful statement centrepiece – utility rooms with a country or shabby chic feel will find the perfect complement to rustic wooden units with a butler or farmhouse sink. Smaller sinks are perfectly adequate if your utility room doesn’t demand as much from you, if you do the odd bit of rinsing instead of regularly being elbow-deep in heavy-duty washing. Stainless steel sinks are a practical choice that can withstand the bashing they will get in an utility room set up. Composite sinks are available in granite and quartz variations, both boasting superior durability and damage resistance; to boot, their smooth clean finish lends itself to an ultramodern style utility room.

If you’re still unsure on your utility design, take a look through the hundreds of photos for some utility room ideas from professional designers and other homeowners. You might find a design theme or some utility room storage ideas that will inspire you for your utility room makeover.
Contemporary separated utility room in Oxfordshire with an integrated sink, a stacked washer and dryer, stainless steel worktops and grey worktops.

Contemporary separated utility room in Oxfordshire with an integrated sink, a stacked washer and dryer, stainless steel worktops and grey worktops.
hanging rail and work top surface - webuser_578203647

This is an example of a small classic single-wall utility room in Hampshire with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey walls and beige floors.

Utility rom with Dog bed and area to shower dog after one of those muddy rural hikes in the South Downs.
This is an example of a small classic single-wall utility room in Hampshire with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey walls and beige floors.
utility idea - webuser_804375355

Design ideas for a small traditional single-wall utility room in Other with granite worktops, grey walls, limestone flooring, a side by side washer and dryer, black worktops, beaded cabinets and grey cabinets.

Design ideas for a small traditional single-wall utility room in Other with granite worktops, grey walls, limestone flooring, a side by side washer and dryer, black worktops, beaded cabinets and grey cabinets.
Guest Coats could be stored in utility - sarah_moyle18

Photo of a small contemporary u-shaped utility room in Hampshire with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, engineered stone countertops, ceramic flooring and white worktops.

Martin Gardner
Photo of a small contemporary u-shaped utility room in Hampshire with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, engineered stone countertops, ceramic flooring and white worktops.
open shelves instead of a corner cupboard you can't reach - linda_cole15

Inspiration for a small rural single-wall utility room in Kent with raised-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, wood worktops, beige walls, ceramic flooring, a side by side washer and dryer and brown worktops.

After moving into their home three years ago, Mr and Mrs C left their kitchen to last as part of their home renovations. “We knew of Ream from the large showroom on the Gillingham Business Park and we had seen the Vans in our area.” says Mrs C. “We’ve moved twice already and each time our kitchen renovation has been questionable. We hoped we would be third time lucky? This time we opted for the whole kitchen renovation including the kitchen flooring, lighting and installation.” The Ream showroom in Gillingham is bright and inviting. It is a large space, as it took us over one hour to browse round all the displays. Meeting Lara at the showroom before hand, helped to put our ideas of want we wanted with Lara’s design expertise. From the initial kitchen consultation, Lara then came to measure our existing kitchen. Lara, Ream’s Kitchen Designer, was able to design Mr and Mrs C’s kitchen which came to life on the 3D software Ream uses for kitchen design. When it came to selecting the kitchen, Lara is an expert, she was thorough and an incredibly knowledgeable kitchen designer. We were never rushed in our decision; she listened to what we wanted. It was refreshing as our experience of other companies was not so pleasant. Ream has a very good range to choose from which brought our kitchen to life. The kitchen design had ingenious with clever storage ideas which ensured our kitchen was better organised. We were surprised with how much storage was possible especially as before I had only one drawer and a huge fridge freezer which reduced our worktop space. The installation was quick too. The team were considerate of our needs and asked if they had permission to park on our driveway. There was no dust or mess to come back to each evening and the rubbish was all collected too. Within two weeks the kitchen was complete. Reams customer service was prompt and outstanding. When things did go wrong, Ream was quick to rectify and communicate with us what was going on. One was the delivery of three doors which were drilled wrong and the other was the extractor. Emma, Ream’s Project Coordinator apologised and updated us on what was happening through calls and emails. “It’s the best kitchen we have ever had!” Mr & Mrs C say, we are so happy with it.
جای لوازم بهداشتی - milad_sia

Classic utility room in Manchester with a stacked washer and dryer.

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Classic utility room in Manchester with a stacked washer and dryer.
Tumble dryer on top of w machine - liz_manuel19

Inspiration for a contemporary l-shaped utility room in London with flat-panel cabinets, white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a side by side washer and dryer and white cabinets.

Inspiration for a contemporary l-shaped utility room in London with flat-panel cabinets, white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a side by side washer and dryer and white cabinets.
Marloleum or Nora rubber suggested for utility room flooring - bslygirl

Photo of a country l-shaped utility room in Wiltshire with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, wood worktops, beige walls, grey floors and beige worktops.

Photo of a country l-shaped utility room in Wiltshire with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, wood worktops, beige walls, grey floors and beige worktops.
Baskets but in a unit and on top of each other and also like shelves - fiona_lewsey

Country utility room in London.

Photo: Chris Snook © 2014 Houzz
Country utility room in London.
Plant holders in kitchen window - rowlands_l

Inspiration for a small traditional single-wall separated utility room in Hampshire with a belfast sink, granite worktops, a side by side washer and dryer, recessed-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, grey walls, travertine flooring and grey worktops.

Full height fitted cabinetry with hanging space, belfast sink, granite worktops
Inspiration for a small traditional single-wall separated utility room in Hampshire with a belfast sink, granite worktops, a side by side washer and dryer, recessed-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, grey walls, travertine flooring and grey worktops.
Sink and white good arrangement - sumo03

Inspiration for an urban utility room in Oxfordshire.

Miele Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer designed to look great in a modern, contemporary kitchen or utility room.
Inspiration for an urban utility room in Oxfordshire.
the rustic style of the room is beautiful - awoyaakor

Inspiration for a large traditional l-shaped utility room in Other with a belfast sink, limestone flooring, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, white walls, a concealed washer and dryer and grey worktops.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography
Inspiration for a large traditional l-shaped utility room in Other with a belfast sink, limestone flooring, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, white walls, a concealed washer and dryer and grey worktops.
Large cabinet and baskets on shelves - elizabeth_mcgillivray

Photo of a traditional separated utility room in Belfast with open cabinets, beige walls, a side by side washer and dryer and grey floors.

Gary Quigg
Photo of a traditional separated utility room in Belfast with open cabinets, beige walls, a side by side washer and dryer and grey floors.
I don't like open shelves as it just attracts dust! - webuser_220102332

Medium sized country u-shaped utility room in Kent with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, granite worktops, medium hardwood flooring and beige worktops.

Our clients had been searching for their perfect kitchen for over a year. They had three abortive attempts to engage a kitchen supplier and had become disillusioned by vendors who wanted to mould their needs to fit with their product. "It was a massive relief when we finally found Burlanes. From the moment we started to discuss our requirements with Lindsey we could tell that she completely understood both our needs and how Burlanes could meet them." We needed to ensure that all the clients' specifications were met and worked together with them to achieve their dream, bespoke kitchen.
For the side of the window seat - timmycash

Contemporary laundry cupboard in London.

Peter Landers
Contemporary laundry cupboard in London.
is there room for shelf above the washer drying stack? - lesjeuxsontfaits

Medium sized contemporary l-shaped separated utility room in West Midlands with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, a side by side washer and dryer and white worktops.

Marek Sikora
Medium sized contemporary l-shaped separated utility room in West Midlands with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, a side by side washer and dryer and white worktops.
underfloor heating that is wipe clean and waterproof because of olive and will keep her tiles and food in this area. - melanie_richards54

Inspiration for a contemporary laundry cupboard in London with flat-panel cabinets, beige cabinets and a stacked washer and dryer.

CABINETRY: The Ladbroke kitchen, Cue & Co of London, painted in Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball SPLASHBACK: Polished plaster, Cue & Co of London WORK SURFACES: Polished concrete, Cue & Co of London FLOORING: Engineered oak, Cue & Co of London SINK: Stainless steel Claron 550 sink, Blanco TAP: Oberon mixer tap with a C-spout in pewter, Perrin & Rowe APPLIANCES: All Neff Cue & Co of London kitchens start from £35,000
use this wall where the toilet downstairs is now. - tejas899

Photo of a traditional laundry cupboard in London.

Utility Cabinet - Photo: Nick Smith
Photo of a traditional laundry cupboard in London.
slide back doors. hide it all for entertaining! - ben_scott99

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