Small utility room ideas: 11 clever ways to stretch your space

Be inspired by these small utility room ideas and get that washing machine out of sight...

Small utility room ideas: Utility room and boot room combined by Alderson
(Image credit: Alderson)

Looking for small utility room ideas? Desperate for a utility room but don't have the space? Hate the sight and sound of the washing machine? There are tons of ways to banish your laundry room to even the tightest of cupboards. Don't believe us? Keep reading...

Have a read of our how to plan and design a utility room too, for loads more practical advice. 

1. Transform even the tiniest of spaces into a small utility room

The alcove/niche/cupboard you can fit a utility room into can be super narrow if you only want to house a washing machine. A great small utility room idea is to pack all your storage on the wall above you washing machine so you don't take up any of the limited floor space. 

Small utility room with curtain covering the washing machine and wall mounted shelves above

Cover up an unsightly washing machine with curtain and create extra storage by building wall mounted shelving above

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

2. Put a small utility room under the stairs

The space below the stairs in the hallway is usually a decent enough size to house at least a washing machine and perhaps even a condensing dryer, too. Maximise the space with a small utility room sink, a ventilated hanging area for drying or airing clothes and plenty of stack space for folded clothes. Doors can be left open while you're out or you can invest in a small dehumidifier to keep the area dry.

If you would rather keep your space for storage, go and check out our under stair storage solutions for loads more ideas. 

Utility room under the stairs by Sonnemann Toon Architects

Utility room under the stairs by Sonnemann Toon Architects

(Image credit: Dave Parker Photography)

3. Create a utility cupboard in the kitchen

Not just a great way to get the washing machine out of sight, a floor-to-ceiling cupboard in a corner of your kitchen, is practical small utility room idea too,  allowing you to stash everything from appliances to hanging space to the ironing board in one compact space. 

Small utility room idea by Neptune

Small utility room by Neptune

(Image credit: Neptune)

If you have got the room you could create a whole utility space behind some double cupboards in your kitchen, work top and all. We love this idea of hiding an entire laundry room, not just for your appliances, but an area to fold and store your washing too. Once you are done you just close the doors and no one need know it's there, just fits seamlessly into your kitchen. 

Tiny utility room in a cupboard

(Image credit: Conley & Co)

4. Stash the small utility room in a hallway cupboard

Got some space to spare in your hallway upstairs? It's the perfect place for a small utility room because all the laundry stays upstairs, all the time (except when you're wearing it), plus you can have it built with some stud partitions at a very affordable price. Ensure you choose a super-quiet washing machine if you're putting a machine upstairs, have children and tend to wash at night. Otherwise, wash while you're out.

Looking to invest in a new quiet washing machine? We have picked the best out in our round up of the best quiet washing machines.

Small utility room in a hallway cupboard

Utility room designed by Emilie Fourne Interiors

(Image credit: Caitlin Mogridge)

5. Move a small utility room to the bathroom

Why not make like the Europeans and put your utility area in a larger bathroom or shower room? It makes perfect sense: great ventilation, it's often where the laundry basket's kept; plumbing and drainage in place. What's not to like?

A small utility room created in a bathroom

Utility room design by Ikea

(Image credit: Ikea)

6. Hide a small utility room in your bedroom wardrobe

You get dressed and undressed in your bedroom, so why not? Got a dressing room? Even better. Just ensure ventilation is really good so that drying clothes don't cause a damp atmosphere that the rest of your wardrobe won't thank you for. 

Small utility room in a cupboard by Sigmar

Design by Sigmar London

(Image credit: Petr Krejci)

7. Make space on an upstairs landing for a small utility room

Designing a new loft conversion? Why not copy this small utility room idea and design a space on the landing under the new stairs to the loft at the same time? The associated costs will be minimal and even the smallest of spaces, like this one, can make for a good utility. Our preference would be for some doors to hide it away, though... 

Small utility room under the stairs of a loft conversion

Put the space under your loft stairs to use and turn it into a mini utility room

(Image credit: Inspired Kitchen Design)

8. Hide a small utility behind sliding doors

Got a niche for a small utility room but no space for doors to open out or fold back against the wall. Take inspiration from this small utility room idea and instead of resigning yourself to an on-show utility, put sliding doors right across the front, just like Instagrammer The House in the Hollow.

9. Think about ergonomics when designing a small utility room

Wherever you're putting your utility space, whether into a run of kitchen units or in a run of fitted wardrobes, placing the washing machine off the floor in a sturdily built frame will mean you don't have to bend every time you load and unload it. Pull-out shelf for the basket beneath? Don't mind if we do.

Utility room in a cupboard

Design by Schüller

(Image credit: Schuller)

10. DIY a small utility room idea

If you are just after a space in your home to store your laundry, do the ironing and fold your clothes, maybe you don't need built in cupboards or secret sliding doors. Create a work station from furniture you already have, stash some laundry baskets underneath, add some pretty wall-shelves for your detergent and what not, and there you go: a makeshift mini 'utility room'. 

Small utility room created from dining table

DIY your own laundry area by upcycling your existing furniture

(Image credit: Homesense)

11. Make space for a small utility room in your pantry 

Lucky enough to have a pantry in your kitchen? Why not see if you can squeeze a small utility room in there? One side for dry food and one side for your washing machine and dryer? If you need help making room check out our handy pantry storage ideas to get you started. 

cottage utility room shelving

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

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