A well-created utility room will exhibit the qualities of its owner. Some of their most common uses include a place to hang coats and put pet baskets, and somewhere to store muddy boots. They are commonly used as a backup storage area for kitchen items such as bulky pans and pots and freezer units that have more capacity than the one with the refrigerator. They are also great for bulk laundry and are being used sometimes to help reduce the amount of noise in the main house.
When a homeowner plans carefully, an organized utility room can make life easier. A utility space that is designed beautifully can reduce stress with many different day-to-day activities and chores needed in the home. It does this by making the home more efficient and pleasurable. When you create an environment that feels good and functions well, it makes life better.
If You’re Extending the Room’s Use Then Ask Yourself What You Need to Consider?
Start by asking yourself how you want to use that room. If you plan to put food with a long shelf life on it then it should be easily accessible to the kitchen. If it is, then you’ll be able to easily get something from the room when you’re doing your cooking. If you’re going to have a washing machine in the room then if it’s possible to have it near a door that leads to the area where you can hang your clothes after they’re washed, then that’ll make it more efficient. The heating system to put in place, is an electric heating system for you? Thinking through your plans in this way will help you make a better design.
Improve Your Existing Space
It’s possible that you can avoid needing to extend your home and can instead make space with what you have for the utility room. As an example, you might be able to section an existing part of the kitchen along with a petition and a door. If it will cause you to lose too much space in the kitchen then you shouldn’t do that. Another idea is to use part of an attached garage and create a utility room there. It might be possible to use part of the space while keeping the rest as a garage, or it may be that you don’t need the garage and can turn the entire thing into a utility room.
Decide on the Best Location for the Room
The average person will automatically think that a utility room has to be on the ground floor. The truth is, however, that you can put them where they will be the most convenient and efficient. As an example, if you want to use this room for washing clothes and for ironing then it’s often quite convenient to have it upstairs near one of the bedrooms. The reason for this is that once they’re washed, dried, and ironed then the bedrooms are close by and the clothes can be put in the appropriate places.
If you do decide to place the room upstairs then you might want to also make an area for keeping boots and other shoes downstairs. This way if you have muddy shoes or wet coats then you have a place for them. If it’s possible, you might even put in a shower so you can rinse off muddy pets and sports equipment.
What Do You Do if There is No Space for Adding a Utility Room?
If there really is very little room available in your home then you can create a utility cupboard rather than an entire room. This might mean that cooking and washing are together but it can still work. If there is any dead space in your home then consider using it. Sometimes the stairs in a hallway have available space underneath the stairway. The main thing is that you’ll have to see if there are water and electricity available for that area of the home.
Make a Plan for Added Storage Space
Utility rooms are basically for storage. It helps keep the rest of the home more orderly. When you’re planning this room think about what types of things you want to store there. If that room will not be used for coats and shoes and other such things then you’ll need to also consider where you’ll put those type of items. You might even want to consider putting in a bench so that you can have a seat when putting on or taking off your shoes.