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Utility room ideas

Create a functional yet fabulous hideout for your laundry and more.

Here's how to carve out a useful space for washing, ironing and muddy-boot-dumping, in even the smallest of corners.

You could really use a utility space if...

Laundry is taking over

Especially in winter it can feel like every room with a radiator is a slave to the laundry cycle. With some simple storage you can create an efficient, even enviable, laundry station, ready to tackle any crumple, stain and tissue explosion life throws at you.

Rubbish and recycling is piling up

While it's totally worth it, splitting out your waste into different recycling types soon takes up space. But while it's tricky to make bins especially stylish, you can make your waste disposal beautifully efficient with some nifty and compact designs.

You're always hunting down lost shoes...

Families (or one shoe lover) can accumulate piles and piles of pairs, which often end up collecting at doorways. Keeping your footwear organised (and easily findable) will neaten up your entrances and speed up exits out the door.

Laundry room must-haves

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Short on space?

Short on space?

More savvy space-saving ideas

Easy ideas...

Include open shelving

It works really well in practical spaces as you can see where everything is without having to open and close doors - you can always add storage baskets to keep smaller items together.

Replace product packaging

Keep washing powder, pegs or pocket-clutter (loose change, hair grips and LEGO bricks are the usual culprits) in storage jars or baskets. They'll keep surfaces tidy for a more polished look.

Create a lost sock station

We love this. Attach a couple of pegs to a flat surface so you can store missing socks until they're reunited with their partner. A pin board or small storage basket would work just as well.

You don't need to neglect style

Even the most practical of spaces can be inspired by your favourite looks. If your kitchen has a rustic country-style, choose wicker baskets and wooden storage. More modern? Go for cool greys and metallic finishes. Here are some of our favourite themes:

More inspiration

A set of 4 woven linen square plus boxes in grey placed on a metal wired cube storage shelf  in black with books and other home accessories.

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