How to design a kitchen with a utility room

If you’re renovating your home and are contemplating incorporating a kitchen and utility room into your design, there are some great benefits of taking that route. 

Not only can it increase the value of your home, but it can also improve the aesthetics and organisation of your kitchen by removing large appliances and storing them elsewhere.  

What is in a utility room?

The primary use of a utility room is to provide a space for laundry-related tasks. In addition, this is a great place to store other household items so that they are out of the way. Some people even use the utility as a pantry, helping them keep a clear and minimalist kitchen aesthetic.

What do you use a utility room for?

The major appliances stored in a utility room are washing machines, tumble dryers or drying equipment like clothes horses. 

A utility room may also have a sink installed and have a place for an ironing board and iron to be stored. Additional options include keeping shoes and coats in here, especially if there’s no other option when guests visit. 

Some people also use a utility space as an additional pantry or somewhere to store their fridge and freezer to reduce the clutter from their kitchen space. 

What to consider when designing a kitchen with a utility room

The main trick when designing a kitchen with a utility room is to ensure there’s tons of storage space in the utility, freeing up the kitchen to focus purely on aesthetics and atmosphere.  

Here are a few things to consider during the planning process:

  •  Location

While the utility room needs to be a separate space entirely, it should be situated next to the kitchen for easy access, especially if this is where your fridge, freezer, and pantry will be based. We’d also recommend incorporating a door leading to your garden so that you can easily hang your washing to dry outside on summer days. 

  •  Appliances

You need to make sure you incorporate enough space to fit all of your appliances in without making the area look cluttered. If you have a limited amount of space available, you could opt for a washer dryer and fridge freezer to get the most out of the room you have available. 

  •  Decor

The most popular colour choice for a utility room is white, as this can make the space look bigger and give the impression of cleanliness. You could also opt for pale colours. You don’t want to be blinded by a bold colour every time you pop into the pantry to fold your laundry. 

A kitchen designer will help you plan your decor in a way that complements your kitchen but clarifies that it is a separate room with its own purpose.

  •  Flow

As with most designs, you need to ensure a practical flow. You don’t want to be going here, there and everywhere to get through a simple load of washing. From positioning your laundry baskets to organising your storage, this is an important step in the planning process that shouldn’t be left to the last minute.

Designing a kitchen with a utility room can help you stay organised, reduce clutter, improve aesthetics and atmosphere and increase the value of your home. 

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