• Think about your OVERALL space when deciding how to accommodate your laundry and utility functions. A separate room is great – but not if it ruins the flow of space and light in your home.
  • If you can manage a separate room, it will ideally be heated and ventilated to the outside. You’ll need a large space to fit a typical clothes horse. Use a simple hanging rail, like a wardrobe rail, as a good alternative. You can use it to air shirts and other garments on hangers. A pull-down airing rack works well too.
  • Where space is limited, see if you can accommodate the utility and laundry functions in a different ways. A large cupboard with a drying rail over the machines will manage the laundry of an average household load. You could locate it under the stairs or in any other space measuring 60cm wide x 65 cm deep.
  • A heated towel rail is an excellent source of heat all cases. It provides both general heat for airing clothes and also somewhere to hang small items such as socks etc. A multi-bar heated towel rail will be more useful in this regard than a rail with fewer, more widely spaced bars.
  • In terms of storage, allow for a tall cupboard for brooms, mops and hoover either within your Utility Room or elsewhere. It could be incorporated within the kitchen or under the stairs. The back of a door is a useful place for storing the ironing board.


  • Our “Utility” area is housed under the stairs, with the washing machine, hot-water cylinder and associated storage all located here. Modern machines are generally quiet, so noise intrusion is not a problem. This is important, given that our ground floor is an open-plan design.
  • The pipework associated with the hot water cylinder generates a low level of heat for the space. The manifolds from the under-floor generate further heat in the winter months.
  • We air clothes on hangers on a hanging rail in the space. It also fits a small folding clothes horse. This is a huge bonus in the house, meaning that clothes airing can be conveniently and unobtrusively catered for. Items awaiting ironing are stored on the worktop above the machines.
  • The children’s climbing frame was a great spot to air clothes outside in its day!

Do you need help organising your Laundry and Utility areas?


Contact Eva Byrne to arrange a 2 hour House Consultation to explore how to manage the Laundry and Utility areas in your home.