9 utility room design ideas for (really) small spaces

Desperate to get the washing machine out of the kitchen, or out of sight? You can fit a utility 'room' – or at least 'space' – into the smallest of corners. Be inspired to create your tiny utility by these space-savvy ideas

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Redesigning your kitchen? 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? Check out these clever small utility room (or in some cases, cupboard) ideas.

1. 130cm wide and 60cm deep is all you need

The alcove/niche/cupboard you can fit a utility room into can be narrower still (65cm) if you only want to house a washing machine. Whatever you do, create space for hanging and stashing above, just like Woodbrook Designs has.

2. Put the utility 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 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.

Utility room under the stairs by Sonnemann Toon Architects

Utility room under the stairs by Sonnemann Toon Architects

(Image: © 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 utility cupboard in a corner of your kitchen is practical, too, allowing you to stash everything from appliances to hanging space to the ironing board in one compact space. 

Tiny utility room in a cupboard

Utility room in a cupboard designed by Conley & Co

(Image: © Conley & Co)

4. Stash the utility room in a hallway cupboard

Got some space to spare in your hallway upstairs? It's the perfect place for a 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.

Utility room in a cupboard

Utility room designed by Emilie Fourne Interiors

(Image: © Caitlin Mogridge)

5. Move the 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?

Washing machine in a bathroom

Utility room design by Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

6. Hide the utility 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. 

utility room in a cupboard by Sigmar

Design by Sigmar London

(Image: © Petr Krejci)

7. Make space on an upstairs landing

Having a loft extension? Why not see if you can design a utility 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... 

Inspired Kitchen Design

(Image: © Inspired Kitchen Design)

8. Hide it behind sliding doors

Got a niche for a utility room but no space for doors to open out or fold back against the wall. 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: ergonomics

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: © Schuller)

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