Our ultimate guide to utility room design — where to put it, size and practicalities

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Busy utility rooms need careful planning for maximum functionality (Image credit: Tom Howley)

Utility rooms by design are generally functional spaces offering you a dedicated area to deal with the more practical elements of running a home. 

From laundry to shoe storage, somewhere to house an awkward ironing board or a safe sleeping spot for pets, we often expect utility rooms to perform well but only afford them a limited amount of space.

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Tom Howley

Tom has spent over 20 years designing kitchens that work around a client's lifestyle, making him an expert on knowing just how to create a functional but beautiful space that meets your needs.

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Tony Holt

With nearly 25 years experience in architecture, Tony's passion lies in creating design-led solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families. His dedication to elevating people's living spaces helps create unique properties for homeowners and self-builders.

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Johnathan Stanley

Jonathan Stanley joined Caesarstone UK in 2016. Prior to Caesarstone, he spent 20 years working across the automotive, luxury, technology and marine sectors, with brands like Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Camper & Nicholson, J Craft and Vertu making him an expert in matching quality products with customer needs.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.