Clever utility room ideas for a well-planned space

A considered laundry, boot room or pantry, will help to ensure that calm and order prevails throughout the rest of your home.

Are you looking for utility room ideas? You don’t need a big area to create a successful utility room. Even in a small apartment, you can design an effective space in little more than a cupboard. Appliances can be stacked and a double cupboard can house all your cleaning essentials.

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A well-designed utility will zone everything and create order, allowing the kitchen and living area to be relaxed, quiet spaces. A utility area should be designed with functionality at its heart. There is no point having an airer if it fills the room and you can’t get through the door.

See:Small kitchen ideas – to turn your compact kitchen into a smart, organised space

If you are creating a boot room, flower room or if the space is going to be used for pets, it will need outdoor access, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking it has to be connected to the kitchen. A large porch or the end of a hallway can often provide the ideal space.

Behind the scenes

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Behind the scenes

If you’re planning a kitchen extension and entertain frequently, consider apportioning an area for a utility. A room leading off the kitchen acts as backstage, providing somewhere for extra storage, dirty dishes or prep and cooking, improving the ambience of the kitchen itself and making it a more enjoyable setting for guests. Get the look:Cabinetry by Studio Indigo; Imo bars stools by Pinch. Image credit: James Merrell.

Weave a spell

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Weave a spell

Cubby hole storage is great for taming belongings but it can look untidy. This version with baskets is a smart compromise that makes it easy to access things, while bringing a rustic mood that really looks the part in a country home.

Country appeal

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Country appeal

Clever use of storage and well-organised essentials ensure a calm, multifunctional space where everything is within easy reach. Combine natural materials such as wood and linen with a dark paint colour for sophisticated look.

Country appeal

(Image credit: Ben Robertson)

Country appeal

Clever use of storage and well-organised essentials ensure a calm, multifunctional space where everything is within easy reach. Combine natural materials such as wood and linen with a dark paint colour for sophisticated look.

A dog’s life

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A dog’s life

A utility room can offer home comforts for pets without giving them the run of the house at night. Baskets, food and water bowls, and litter trays should have their own zones. Get the look: Cabinetry by Terrence Paul Cabinet Makers; flooring by Fired Earth.

Smart storage

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Smart storage

Clever use of storage and well-organised essentials ensure a calm, multifunctional space where everything is within easy reach. Storing watering cans and vases together will make it easier to find what you need.

Hang about

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Hang about

In busy family homes there can be a lot of additional paraphernalia besides coasts and shoes, including bikes, sports equipment and baby buggies. Create a drop-off point in the hallway with plenty of hangers and shelving.

Round solution

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Round solution

Where no separate room is available, a corner of a kitchen can be used as a pantry. These doors are practical but also add character. Get the look: Bespoke furniture by Simon’s Kitchens.

On display

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On display

Make a utility room a joy to use by adding a flamboyant touch with bold wallpaper and open shelving to show off favourite vases, glassware and other decorative tableware. Get the look:The wallpaper here is Tema E Variation by Fornasetti at Cole & Son.

Hidden asset

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Hidden asset

In a large kitchen, the laundry area can be separated from the rest of the space into a neat unit so that it can be easily closed away out of sight. This little laundry store has no airs or graces but has everything needed, from appliances to linen storage, in a well-organised package.

In place

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In place

A clip rack on the inside of a door keeps mops of the floor and dusters in place.

Garden atelier

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Garden atelier

A superb blend of substance and style, this garden workroom / utility room combines an old galvanised washtub and robust zinc-topped storage with elegant textiles that soften the utilitarian feel.

Beautiful utility

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Beautiful utility

Organise household sundries in traditional pigeonhole shelving.

Turn to stone

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Turn to stone

Using natural materials, such as stone for floors, worktops and sinks gives a more organic feel to this practical utility room. This generous sink will satisfy a range of tasks, from filling tall vases and soaking pans to bathing the dog. Kitchen by Plain English, plainenglish.com.

Made to measure

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Made to measure

Furniture that serves a dual purpose makes the most of a space, while opting for a bespoke design ensures tailored functionality and proportions. Custom-made storage bench from Podesta, podesta.uk.com.

Clever compartments

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Clever compartments

Built-in shelving keeps the collection of outdoor shoes in good order as well as providing plenty of additional storage. Bespoke joinery, The English Joinery Company, theenglishjoinerycompany.com.

Line up

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Line up

Create a neat arrangement of household essentials and preserving jars to save space on your kitchen counters.