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*:
- Stacked washing machines
- Stacked tools
- Pull out the ironing board
- Bending the laundry basket
- Laundry basket slots under washing machine
- Velux window
- Under worktop lighting
- Rain of dogs
- Pull out the cupboard
- Ceiling drying rack
* Based on their Pinterest trend score
Top 10 utility room trends according to Instagram*:
- A hanging plant
- Storage baskets/boxes
- Rain of dogs
- Ceiling drying rack
- Clothes rail above the worktop
- Splashback tiles
- A clothes basket
- Overhead lighting
- Overhead storage
- Wall legs
*Based on number of Instagram posts (UK)
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Built-in cabinets can also be customized to suit you and your family’s needs – making everyday tasks faster and easier.