Utility Room Design Considerations
Tips To Utilize Your Entire Utility Closet or Laundry Room
Many homes across the country, from ranch-style houses to small townhomes, don’t have a basement for the furnace, water heater, and water system. Instead, you may find these items in a mechanical room or a laundry room. Many of these vital home systems will also share a space with boxes, laundry machines, and even pantry items. Due to the equipment and machinery in these spaces, you need a space that is dust-free, clean, safe, and organized for all of your items. Read on for our tips to maximize every inch of space!
Cabinets with Legs to Minimize Moisture and Mildew
Water and electricity are often a bad combo. Place organizational solutions that will keep any items you store off the ground. Cabinets and racks with legs or cabinets built off of the floor will help keep items dry in case there is a problem with the water heater, water system, or washing machines.
Keep cabinets and storage racks away from any floor drains. You don’t want any cabinet legs or wooden cabinetry to divert the water away from the drains if there are any leaks. A custom cabinet that is perfectly tailored to your space is a great way to prevent mildew and keep your items in good conditional. At Closet & Storage Concepts, we’re here to help! Reach out to one of our local teams near you to find design ideas.
Closed Pantries for Long-Term Storage
If you decide to use your utility or mechanical room as a pantry area because of its proximity to the kitchen, consider placing shelf-stable items instead of perishable items. Soups, canned vegetables and fruits, and pasta sauces are the perfect candidates.
Dust and grime can often come from the furnace and ductwork, whether you are using a gas furnace or one that uses heating fuel. If you store food items in the utility room, build a pantry cabinet with doors. This will help prevent dust and dirt from settling on your food items.
Hooks and Rods for Laundry Storage
A laundry area may also be combined in the mechanical room to keep large appliances within a single room. To keep your laundry room organized, use hooks and rods to hang wet clothes and items that will are easily wrinkled. Cubbies are another great storage idea as you can stow laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets inside.
If you are worried about dust or grime migrating from the mechanical systems to other areas of the room, consider sectioning the equipment off by placing a short wall or a small door. This interior design concept can also create a more aesthetically pleasing space. You’ll still be able to access the equipment to service the machinery while hiding it away.
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