Laundry & Utility Storage Cabinets

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Laundry & Utility Storage Cabinets
Laundry and utility cabinets store cleaning agents and supplies or tools. (laundry image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

In the average home, there usually is a good list of separate laundry items or tools. For example, a person may store detergent and bleach, as well as extra motor belts or tools for repairing and maintaining a washer or dryer. Leaving these items tossed on an open shelf can be unsightly and pose safety risks for infants and children. Laundry storage and utility cabinets solve these problems.

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Definition

A laundry storage and utility cabinet is a cabinet designed specifically to hold items related to laundry. They function to organise laundry agents, including items like towels and sheets, and keep them out of the reach of children. They also improve the aesthetic appearance of laundry areas.

Types

There are two main types of laundry storage and utility cabinets. The first type is a stand-alone cabinet that may sit on the floor or be attached to a wall. This type of cabinet is used only for storage. The second type of cabinet is a plumbing and utility cabinet that sits on the floor and has a sink basin built in. These types of cabinets are designed to hook up to water lines so that the owner easily can rinse out and spot treat laundry. They are similar to bathroom cabinets but typically have a larger basin.

Materials

Laundry storage and utility cabinets may be made using materials such as metal or plastic. However, steel is heavy and plastic is less durable. Many storage utility cabinets are made from natural wood or pressed plywood. These cabinets have good durability and have the advantage of looking more polished and professional than steel or plastic. Wood laundry storage and utility cabinets also are easier to match with the style of a house. Some high quality cabinets have granite or marble basins.

Price

Depending on the size and materials used, laundry storage and utility cabinets may range from as little as £6 to well over £650, as shown by Nextag.com. The more expensive models usually aren't designed to be portable and are more permanent than cheaper models.

Installation and Assembly

Some small, simple models of laundry storage and utility cabinets come pre-assembled, but most are unassembled. These usually require just a screwdriver or hammer to put together and are moved into any suitable location after assembly. Models that are large or that accommodate plumbing may require additional tools such as wrenches, drills or levels. They may require installation assistance from a professional because they may need to be installed to a specific location and meet plumbing regulations.

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