The biggest utility room trends of 2022

We love utility rooms and for good reason. Often the most practical room in the house, they’re a high-traffic space for washing machines and cleaning supplies, and the perfect room for drying clothes. This means utility room space is at a premium and every inch should be maximized.

Overhauling your utility room is a big trend in 2022, with an increasing number of homeowners wanting highly functional and smartly organized spaces. To learn more, experts at Magnet Kitchens Dive deep into social media to uncover the hottest utility room trends for 2022.

They found a clear demand for space-saving solutions, functional accessories and dog-friendly upgrades. Read on to find out more, and discover Magnet’s top tips on how to improve your utility room with minimal fuss.


Top 10 utility room trends according to Pinterest*:

  1. Stacked washing machines
  2. Stacked tools
  3. Pull out the ironing board
  4. Bending the laundry basket
  5. Laundry basket slots under washing machine
  6. Velux window
  7. Under worktop lighting
  8. Rain of dogs
  9. Pull out the cupboard
  10. Ceiling drying rack
    1. * Based on their Pinterest trend score

      Planar furniture utility room

      Top 10 utility room trends according to Instagram*:

      1. A hanging plant
      2. Storage baskets/boxes
      3. Rain of dogs
      4. Ceiling drying rack
      5. Clothes rail above the worktop
      6. Splashback tiles
      7. A clothes basket
      8. Overhead lighting
      9. Overhead storage
      10. Wall legs
        1. *Based on number of Instagram posts (UK)

          Rose and wood utility room

          Chalford wall dryer

          “Having an organized utility room is a great way to turn a sometimes-forgotten room into a functional and fully utilized space,” says Lizzie Beasley, Magnet’s head of design. “There are many great and effective ways to organize your utility room that cost little but are perfect for organizing all your household essentials.”

          Here’s how to make the most of your utility room:

          Try sustainable options

          The increased availability of refillable household essentials (such as laundry powder and soap), as well as the growing number of refill shops, means you can store all your household essentials in your utility room to avoid waste or unnecessary packaging.

          Edgeworth Storage Boxes

          orthex smartstore recycling baskets

          ORTHEX SmartStore Recycling Basket, Homebase

          Homebase

          Invest in more durable glass and bamboo jars, which not only make products easy to access but also simple to refill. Opt for open shelving and make a collection of jars an intentional visual feature of your utility room.

          Country Living Whitstable Kitchen

          Country Living Whitstable Kitchen, Homebase

          Homebase

          Remember to store laundry and cleaning products out of the reach of children and to lock away dangerous chemicals like bleach.

          Stacked appliances are key to saving space

          Utility rooms are often small spaces (if not, you’re in luck), meaning every inch needs to be used to optimum effect. A popular space saver is stacking your washing machine and tumble dryer vertically.

          futura utility pocket door

          kasbah nimbus basket

          For a more useful touch, include a pull-out shelf in the space between your appliances so you can fold your clothes as they come out of the dryer. You can also add a pull-out or fold-down ironing board for maximum productivity. Plus, extra surface space is always useful.

          Two sinks are better than one

          Hand washing clothes is never fun, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. The same goes for spot soaking and spot scrubbing. A split sink, or even better, two sinks, means you’re not limited to what one half is being used for. On the one hand, you can make your white shine, and on the other, bathe your houseplants.

          Utility room featuring the Cotswold collection

          Utility room with Cotswold Collection, Armac Martin feature

          Armac Martin

          Sherwood double Belfast sink

          Multiple sink options also mean you can prioritize hygiene and dedicate one hand to washing and the other to dirty tasks – especially handy if you have pets!

          Opt for built-in cabinets

          Built-in cabinetry is a great choice for making the most of your utility room space, especially if it’s on the smaller side. You can hide unsightly items in cabinets, keep cleaning products out of children’s reach, and store food away from pets.

          Cambridge in Driftwood Blue Utility Room

          Laundry utility

          As long as you are organized, you will have no problem finding anything. Drawer organizers, labels and storage containers are key to creating an organized and high-functional utility room.

          Country living Whitstable kitchen range

          Country Living Whitstable Kitchen Range, Homebase

          Homebase

          Built-in cabinets can also be customized to suit you and your family’s needs – making everyday tasks faster and easier.

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