How to Plan Your Ideal Utility Room

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Most families agree that they couldn't live without their utility room! It's a room you're not likely to hang out in too much — yet it's crucial to the functioning of your home. If you get a chance to remodel or build your own utility room, we've got some essential tips for you to keep in mind so it can work to your best advantage.


The Best Place for a Utility Room

If you get to pick where to put your utility room, you'll likely want to place it at an entryway, such as the back door or off of the garage, so that shoes, sports gear, and any wet coats can be removed before entering the main part of the house. Other great spots to put utility rooms include basements or beside kitchens.

Since this is the room where you'll likely be doing your laundry, it will get a little loud, so having it beside or below bedrooms or an area you like to chill in won't be the best idea.


What You'll Need for a Utility Room

Since utility rooms are generally laundry rooms, you'll need to make sure you have hot and cold water hook-ups in this room. Measure more than enough space to place your washer and dryer and ensure the doors can open fully and that it will be comfortable for you to reach in without having to squeeze in beside a wall or bump your head on a cupboard above. Putting in an ironing space and a small rack for drying clothes you don't want to put in the dryer is also useful — and takes up room you need to account for.

Most people who skipped putting sinks in their utility rooms regret it. Large, deep sinks give you a spot to soak stained clothing, wash outdoor tools, rinse muddy boots, and potentially bathe an animal who rolled in dirt. In other words, things you likely don't want to do in your kitchen or bathroom sinks.

Figure out how much storage you need in your utility room — then add a bit more. You'll likely start to use this area as a catch-all spot for things you're not sure what to do with, and you want to keep everything neat and out of the way. Have specific places for your vacuum and other cleaning supplies, coats and shoes you're not currently using, art supplies not used often, kids backpacks, work uniforms, and anything else you plan to store in there. Don't forget to put cleaning supplies with chemicals up high or in a locked cupboard if you have children.

Many people also use their utility rooms as pantries to store extra jars, cans, and bagged food they don't immediately need. Plan a few shallow shelves for this — too deep, and food can be forgotten about because it was pushed too far back.


Talk to The Garman Group

Plenty of homes have been built with utility rooms, so if you're looking for a new home that includes one, talk to us at the Garman Group! We'll help you navigate through Victoria real estate until we find you the perfect house — with a utility room and everything else you're looking for.