Utility Room Design Ideas

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Utility Room Design Ideas
Utility rooms can be used as workshops. (saw horses image by Gareau Enterprises from Fotolia.com)

Incorporating a utility room in your home’s design can be a great way to save space and to keep items such as vacuum cleaners, brooms and tools out of the way and out of sight. People also use utility rooms as offices, workshops and stations for cleaning, drying and folding laundry. If you are thinking of designing a utility room, there are several ideas that can help.

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Keep It Casual

In most instances, your utility room will be somewhere off to the side of your main living space, and guests will likely never need to venture into it. For this reason, a good idea is to keep the design of your utility room casual, and to use inexpensive and simple materials and furniture. According to This Old House, one option that keeps in line with this idea is using two sawhorses with a board laid across them as a makeshift table, desk or countertop. This will be a much less expensive option than purchasing a solid wood or stone bench-top or countertop. In addition, sawhorses allow you to raise and lower the tabletop height, and their fold-up design means you can easily take the whole table structure down and store it away. Another casual design idea is to finish your utility room's walls with roughly cut, inexpensive pieces of plywood, as opposed to plaster or drywall. Use battens, or sections of trim, along the tops and bottoms of the walls to cover the seams that uneven plywood planks leave behind.

Countertop & Sink Considerations

If you plan on having running water in your utility room, then you may want to consider upgrading from a makeshift table to a built-in countertop and sink unit.

According to Country Living, one idea is to utilise long counters that have solid-surfacing or composite tops, such as those that the Dupont company produces under the brand name Corian. These tops, which consist of acrylic polymers combined with natural materials, are easy to clean and have nonporous surfaces. Another alternative is to install a separate sink, such as a large, industrial plastic sink, which will allow you to keep a foldaway counter. Try putting cloth skirting around the bottom of the sink to create a storage space.

Going Vertical

In addition to including horizontal storage features in your utility room, such as adjustable shelves for laundry supplies and cabinets for cans of paint and bug spray, try including some vertical elements. According to Better Homes and Gardens, one idea is to set up a peg board, on which you can hang tools and equipment such as hammers, saws, wrenches, pliers, garden shears and extension cords. Try tracing the outlines of your tools with permanent marker onto the board to ensure that you always put them back in the correct spot.

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