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Utility Room Design Ideas for Ultimate Functionality

Utility rooms are most commonly used for laundry and to store cleaning supplies, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a little style and flair. The best utility room design ideas are highly functional and well-organized with lots of room for storage and high-performance plumbing fixtures.

So, to help you design the ultimate utility room, we’re looking at everything from laundry storage to shelving, sinks, and flooring. Here are our best utility room design ideas for ultimate functionality and a pleasing aesthetic.

Basic Utility Room Fixtures

The centerpieces of most utility rooms are the washing machine and the dryer. Utility rooms often have a large basin utility sink as well and ample storage for supplies. Shelves, cupboards, and drawers are all common in utility rooms to keep practical items organized and out of sight.

Best Location for a Utility Room

The most important factor in choosing a location for your laundry or utility room is convenience. Situate the room just off of the garage and before the entrance to the rest of the house to allow family members to take off muddy shoes or dry off the dog after a rainy walk. If this layout is not feasible with your architectural design, the utility room can be located next to a porch or next to the master bedroom’s walk-in closet.

Laundry Storage Ideas

Laundry rooms tend to be quite small, so you’ll have to get clever with maximizing the storage space here. Some of the best laundry storage ideas involve hanging wire storage racks on the walls, installing a drying rack from the ceiling, and using baskets and bins to keep small items organized on large built-in shelves. A wall-mounted, fold-down folding station can come in handy if you’re short on space. Laundry room shelving can also be hung behind doors and in walkways to maximize space


Laundry Room Décor

Traditional laundry rooms are white, but you can brighten things up to make household chores more fun by adding splashes of color to the walls or with a festive rug. Light colors and wood tones can make small utility spaces feel a bit bigger and less crowded. Otherwise, laundry room décor should be kept simple and uncluttered to allow plenty of work space.

Many people neglect to consider lighting for their utility rooms because these are functional spaces that guests rarely see. However, it’s very important to have good overhead ambient lighting in this room, and unlike some other parts of the house, brighter is better. It’s also a good idea to install under-cabinet LED lights to make detailed tasks easier and above-cabinet lighting to give the illusion of more space in a small laundry room.

Laundry Room Sink Ideas

The type of sink you choose for your utility room may look and perform a bit differently than sinks in the kitchen and bathroom. For deck mount faucets, you can choose from single-handle, double-handle, and exposed bridge models that come in chrome, nickel, and stainless steel. Wall mount faucets have similar options available, and top mount sinks and under mount sinks are also good options for utility rooms.

At Central Plumbing Specialties, we carry an amazing collection of utility faucets, utility sinks, and utility room parts and are confident that every homeowner will find something to love in our showrooms.

Utility Room Flooring

A final utility room design consideration we’ll mention here is flooring. Ceramic tile is very popular in utility and laundry rooms because it’s resistant to water and accidental chemical spills. Vinyl tile is an affordable option that is also durable and easy to clean.

However, carpet should be avoided in this space in case of possible leaks and because of the dirt and grime that comes along with handling laundry and coming inside from the outdoors. Stone is typically a better material than hardwood in utility rooms, and a simple rug can provide a non-slip surface that makes laundry tasks a little easier on the feet and knees.

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