22nd February 2024

Ten ideas for utility room cabinets to create a functional space

A utility room is generally perceived by many as an excessively small, poorly lit area that is severely lacking in storage. Having said that, with a little inspiration and creativity, there are many ways you can enhance this space’s potential. One method to achieve this is by designing and installing utility room cabinets that increase the functionality of the room. 

In this blog post, we will look at 10 design ideas for utility room cabinets that could help you maximise the potential of your space.

1. Stack appliances for extra cabinet space

One useful approach to make use of tall units and free up lower-level storage in a utility room is to stack your washing machine and tumble dryer. This is a versatile, space-saving solution that may simplify your washing routine and create a more organised, aesthetically pleasing utility room.

Remember that your washing machine should always be stacked below your dryer, regardless of whether your cabinets are built-in or you use a stacking kit. This is because washing machines are heavier and contain a concrete block that stops them from moving during a spin cycle.

2. Consider cabinet door styles that can modernise your space

Premier Crafts showroom samples

The style of door you select for your cabinets will have a significant impact on the space. To give your utility room a modern feel, you should choose bespoke cabinetry that blends seamlessly with the design of the room. Shaker-style and handleless cabinet doors are an ideal option for making small areas feel clean and tidy.

To explore the different styles of cabinetry we have to offer, visit one of our showrooms to see some examples of our craftsmanship and find a design that is best suited to your taste.

3. Hide appliances with cabinets

utility room hidden appliance cabinet render

The image above shows a 3D rendering of the inside of a utility room cabinet concept created as part of the design process for a client in Walker. 

Appliances such as washing machines and tumble dryers can be an eyesore in utility rooms. As these rooms are generally small in size, these appliances can stick out like a sore thumb and make the space appear smaller than it is.

Installing custom panel cabinet fronts is an excellent approach to conceal these appliances. Adding panelled doors to your appliances may help make your utility room seem more spacious, as well as allow you to maintain its aesthetic, especially if it is colour-coordinated or follows a specific pattern scheme.

4. Install glass cabinets to make your room look more spacious

Black cabinets with glass fronts

Typically, in areas such as utility rooms, it makes sense to maintain organisation by hiding all of your items behind closed cabinet doors. However, if your room is lacking in light or space, glass-front cabinets are a way of making it feel more open and inviting.

Glass cabinets can give your utility room a more attractive, airy feel by breaking up the pattern of repetitive solid-fronted doors, maximising the flow of light into dark corners, and giving the illusion of a bigger space.

5. Incorporate open shelving for extra storage

Utility room floating shelves with jars and decorative items

In a small utility room, an open shelf can sometimes be more useful than a large cabinet. Open shelves are great for functionality, allowing easy access to the items you need without the hassle of opening cabinet doors, a feature that can be especially convenient for frequently used items such as laundry detergent.

Open shelves can also be visually appealing, and provide a canvas for creative styling. You can play with colour coordination, stack items, display plants and experiment with various arrangements to achieve the look you want for your space.

6. Brighten up your cabinets with a neutral tone

Neutral tone utility room cabinets

If you want to make your utility room appear more spacious, use a neutral colour scheme for your cabinets. Neutrals like off-white and cream help to make spaces feel larger by reflecting light from outside sources and projecting it around the room.

Neutral colours also provide a sense of calm and serenity in a room because they do not compete with one another or the room’s other features, creating a more peaceful, relaxing environment.

7. Use a mix of open and closed cabinets

Open and closed cabinets

Designing a utility room with a mix of open and closed storage units can help to increase the visual appeal of your space. This design can help to keep your space feeling airy and uncluttered whilst also providing easy access to frequently used items.

Consider open storage for items that look good on display, such as bed linen and towels, combined with plenty of storage cupboards and drawers for the less attractive bits and pieces, such as mops and brooms.

8. Use single-wall cabinetry to make the most out of your space

Single-wall utility room cabinets render

The image above shows a 3D rendering of a utility room optimising single-wall cabinetry

The single-wall cabinetry layout is a popular option for utility rooms, especially those small in size. This design allows you to maximise your space by consolidating all major workstations into one area and integrating appliances to create a visual design concept that achieves a sleek and contemporary look.

9. Install slide-out drying racks

Utility room cabinet with a pull out drying rack

If you don’t want a drying rack to take up an excessive amount of space in your utility room, you should consider building one into the cabinetry. Slide-out drying racks are perfect for both functionality and space efficiency. When clothes need to be dried, simply pull out the drawer and place them along the bars.

If this is something you are interested in, we can incorporate specific details like this into your utility room cabinetry during the design process.

10. Hide everything behind cabinet doors for a minimalist look

Minimalist utility room cabinets

A utility room with everything stored and organised under cabinets can have a more attractive, minimalist, sophisticated appearance. Items can be hidden inside cabinetry units as well as tall, floor-to-ceiling units to help minimise the amount of clutter visible.

Behind the doors, you create stunning bespoke interiors, including a full-height cabinet for the ironing board and the stacked washer and dryer.

At Premier Crafts, we can help you design and install the utility room of your dreams. Our talented designers can create unique utility room cabinets that fit perfectly with your requirements to provide you with a space that entirely suits your needs.

We strive to give each customer the very best experience throughout the project and offer a free consultation service to make sure we manufacture and install utility room cabinets to your exact specifications.

To transform your utility room into a contemporary, sophisticated space, get in touch today.

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