As the list of must have appliances has grown, space in even the largest kitchen can feel compromised. Today’s trend is towards modern open plan living and people are increasingly looking towards using their kitchen as a space in the house for dining, entertaining and leisure. This however is not always compatible with the noise created by the mundane tasks undertaken in a family kitchen.
With this in mind, the popularity of the a utility room has grown in the UK. Once a staple of continental houses, the primary use of a utility room is for laundry. Washing Machines, and Tumble Dryers can be stacked where space is tight and larger models that are too big too fit standard kitchen units can stand alone comfortably in the new space. Second sinks can also be accommodated for messy cleaning jobs, whilst other options presented by a utility room include additional storage for cleaning items, a pantry for dry goods, and additional space for the drying of clothes.
When considering what you might like to store in a utility room, you can be creative as you like. For the cook in the house, it can become that extra space for all the organic goods, occasionally used sauces and spices that don’t need to be stored in a fridge but which all benefit from being stored in a cool environment.
And when it comes to entertaining and large parties or even Christmas where you want the kitchen to be the focal point of all the fun, the utility room can store that extra fridge or fridge freezer which will mean your kitchen will be less cluttered.
And don’t forget to think practically about your utility room’s design and consider including shoe racks, hooks for outdoor coats and plenty of storage space. But above all, make sure that the units and paintwork that you choose are hard wearing and easily cleanable as you’ll be amazed at the amount of chores the utility room can cater for.
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