Utility rooms are frequently overlooked spaces in the home, which more often than not translate into the dungeons of modern day living. This is a shame, because the utility room is one of the most versatile rooms in the house. Since you are more likely than not going to spend a good deal of time there working to maintain your household, or even your house, why not make the space a light and pleasant place to be?
If you are lucky enough to have a large utility room, then your job is just that much easier, but if like most older homes, the utility room is little more than a large closet, you have some challenges organizing the room as well. Generally the utility room is a multi function room serving as command central for laundry, gardening, storage and crafts.
Regardless of the size and function of your utility room, you can make it a light, open, organized and functional space. Here are some affordable and easy design ideas to make over your utility room.
Organize with Shelves
One of the easiest ways to organize your utility room is with shelving. If you already have shelving in place, clear it all off, because it needs to be attractive and organized. Metal utility shelves are sturdy but generally unattractive. While plastic shelving units may be better to look at, they are usually not very sturdy. Regardless of which type of shelving you have, you can get any kind of shelving to work for you.
If your shelves are ugly, there are some things that you can do to improve their looks. First if they are uniform distances apart, you can stagger the distances between shelves to add visual interest. If your shelves are plastic, you can create smaller shelves at the top for smaller lighter items and leave larger spaces at the bottom for heavier items. Read the full story