Give your utility room some TLC

If your utility room is purely functional, it’s going to waste. Laundry is a dull activity at the best of times, but doing it in a damp, bland room is sole destroying. We’re not promising that laundry can be fun, but a few styling tips here and there, can make it bearable.

utility room The key is organisation and storage – keep unsightly cleaning products hidden away from view in attractive, well labelled containers.

  • Keep work surfaces clear by wall mounting clothes dryers and small appliances
  • Place washers and driers in close proximity to each other to prevent extra work when moving laundry from one place to another; design a work-flow between appliances that prevents contamination with clean laundry
  • Tidy away small appliances, ironing boards and airers when not in use and hang brooms and brushes in a convenient location
  • Always include a sink, whether it’s for hand washing or cleaning boots, you will never regret investing in one

storage solution

Use oil cloths to protect surfaces, they are easy to wipe clean and add a splash of colour.

utility room storage1. English Rose Ironing Board Cover £16 from Cath Kidston, 2. Spot oil cloth £20 per meter from Cath Kidston, 3. House Keeping Box £37 from Not on the high street, 4. Paris Rustic Wooden Crates £19 from Not on the high street 

If you want things organised this is how it’s done: a boot rack keeps muddy boots off the floor and the handy locker style cabinet is perfect for gardening and laundry suppliers. Even the dog has his own storage space!boot roomA utility room isn’t seen often, don’t worry about investing in expensive cabinets or surfaces, keep colours neutral and in keeping with the kitchen. Instead, add homely touches with storage tins and basket containers.

If you don’t have a utility room or it’s rather tight for space, make the most of what you’ve got. washing machine under the stairs

Image Credits: HousetoHome

Whether you want to spruce up your utility room or uncover some space under the stairs to hide your unsightly washing machine, post your job on RatedPeople.com. We will put you in contact with up to 3 tradesmen who will quote for your job. Review their ratings online and pick the right one for you. Our carpenters and plumbers can create you a tailor-made solution, often for little more than an off the shelf generic option.

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