69,167 Utility Room Design Ideas

Utilitarian spaces such as laundry rooms seldom receive the attention they deserve — which is odd when you consider how often they're used. With the addition of custom built-in cabinets, an utility sink, washer and dryer, a properly planned utility room can serve multiple purposes: It can help simplify your household chores, store sports gear and school supplies, and even function as a grooming center for family pets.

Because of its double- or triple-duty potential, a laundry room remodel is a good investment for you and your family. After you purchase your washer and dryer, think about installing some built-ins for your cleaning necessities. If you still have room to spare, consider what else the area can be used for, and set aside corners, cabinets or shelves for other purposes. Once all the functional aspects are out of the way, you can finally incorporate laundry room decorations to complete the makeover and liven up those mundane chores.

How do I add storage to my laundry room?

As you remake your laundry space, help it serve multiple functions by incorporating clever built-ins. Include shelves and cabinets to store supplies like hangers, clothespins, sewing kits, irons and detergent —the leftover space can store pet accessories and seasonal items. To ensure that you deal with clothes right away, give yourself a table nearby the washer for folding, a pull-out drying rack for hanging and a hidden ironing board for crisply ironed clothes. Making it a one-stop shop will ensure that all your chores get done at once — no excuses!

What else can I use my laundry room for?

If you have a smaller home, using your utility room for multiple purposes is a great space-saving technique. Because it often has an utility sink, it naturally is a great place to feed and bathe your furry friends. It also easily transitions into a mudroom, where you can store extra shoes, sports equipment and winter clothing. If you have room for a built-in desk, it can be a drop station for mail, cell phones and keys — it can even function as a craft or wrapping station, with the right organization. Think about what your family needs the most, and incorporate that into the room.

How can I decorate my laundry room?

Because there isn't a lot of counter space to spare, take advantage of your walls when decorating. Bright paint or wallpaper can help make chores pleasant, while fun signs, posters, murals and wall decals can add some character to the space. Think of your storage containers as laundry room decor too: Find bins, baskets and hangers with fun patterns and colorful fabrics.

Utilizing residual space under stair for laundry and pet nook. photo by Pk Langshaw
7. Under the staircaseBuilding appliances into the wall is a great way to subtly incorporate a washing machine and dryer into an unused space, especially if you don’t have a whole room dedicated to laundry. The white built-out wall makes the appliances almost disappear. It’s also a great spot for the house cat! - redz_monika

Noosa Villa - Interior Design by Kim Black Design of Brisbane and Photography by Louise Roche

Photography by Rob Karosis
Housekeeping supplies in laundry room? - surekha_prabhuram

Laundry room with iron board and wardrobe - souvik_sengupta

Juliana Franco

Photos by Spacecrafting Photography

Washing machine area - ruchi_painuly

Dumbwaiter door open in pantry area above. Client wanted the ability to have grocery and other items moved from garage into this area above and into kitchen.
dumbwaiter - jaybhasin

Utility room - zubinbharucha91

Pet Suites Photo by Arthur Gomez


Dustin Halleck

Hardwood Creations custom pull-out ironing board