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Utility room ideas for 2&3 BHK home buyers in big cities like Hyderabad

Home buyers in big cities like Hyderabad are now increasingly aspiring for more spacious 2&3 BHK homes. While balancing of budget always putting a strain on the home buyers buying decisions, certain spaces in a home are far too important to be ignored. For instance, a well-designed, fully-functional ‘utility room’ can no longer be compromised upon!

The UTILITY ROOM is an important place where all the household work gets done! With COVID-19, new realities have dawned-upon home buyers, and the UTILITY room is turning out to be a more important space than it was ever was. Home buyers in Hyderabad and bigger cities need to be prepared for eventualities of being self-reliant in way that we reduce unnecessary contact with the outside world.

A ‘utility room’ or a ‘laundry room’ helps us do just that. In Indian homes, our utility room needs to take care of our clothing needs as well as kitchen related expectations. Hence, ‘utility room’ becomes an all-important place which needs serious thought, planning, balancing and aesthetics!

In this article we discuss ideas to help you make most of the utility room space in your 2&3 BHK apartment in Hyderabad or elsewhere-

Let’s begin exploring…

1. Use a combination of open-shelves and cabinets depending on kitchen, laundry and household needs

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  • This means using a combination of open shelves and closed cabinets in your utility room
  • Indian households need to hold many things pertaining to kitchen, the seasonal clothing, essentials like LPG gas cylinders, 20 Litres (or bigger) mineral water bottles, shoes, ironing-stand, idlydosa batter maker, and various culture-specific utensils, equipment and electrical gadgets
  • Plus, the need to store and stock items you would NOT like to buy too frequently considering social distancing norms post COVID-19
  • This pattern or ‘closed’ and ‘open’ spaces balances the requirements of items that need to be open and airy as well those that can be Alternating between exposed and closed cabinetry
  • This way you can incorporate all the essentials of the laundry-related stuff, seasonal-clothing, crockery, house-cleaning materials, kitchen-food storage and other non-regular items
  • Open shelves give you a spacious feel besides being visually appealing

2. Create a balance between storage, utility and aesthetics with an efficient layout

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  • With limited spaces, the front loading and dryers could be tucked underneath the counter. This allows home owners to utilize the space above
  • The water inlet and outlet to be provided for washing machine
  • The dryers needs an separate outlet for humid air to escape outside the utility room
  • A sink in between allows for an aesthetically well-balanced design, and also for washing smaller or delicate clothes manually
  • The sink along with the counter-top also doubles-up as an extension of kitchen, and can be used to wash used utensils sparingly
  • With graceful overhead cabinets, and a well-lit up provision for lighting, the utility room could look very appealing

3. Make the utility room a fun-place that you would want spend your time in

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  • Interior designers or home buyers thinking of designing their utility room need to transform their spaces into a lively space
  • Laundry and kitchen related chores must become a delight to work upon
  • The utility room must be it washing clothes, ironing your clothes, arranging food items, stocking grains/rice/pulses, kitchen related items
  • The spaces should be inviting, gorgeously done-up with the right pop-up of colours, textures, equipment, lighting, tiling, water accessories, ventilation
  • Use colour combinations that could range from soothing cool blues or green to and energy-filled red or shades of orange
  • A beautiful wall-paper can add a zesty ambience to your utility room

4. Combine style with convenience that engages every member of the house

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  • You could even keep charming trolleys to stock up your items, which also gives you the ease to pull them out for use
  • This is an important feature in Indian kitchens where you normally keep significantly big stock piles of rice, pulses, wheat weighing over 20 kilograms
  • Such trolleys could also be used for segregating the laundry of each family member

5. Materials to be used in utility room should be chosen wisely enabling cleaning and maintenance

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  • Ceramic tiles do well in a heavy duty area like a utility room where heavy materials are moved around incessantly
  • Being a work-horse area, the materials used to put together the utility room starting from cabinets, washing area, work-tops, tiles, wall-paper, machinery for laundry, ironing, storage closets and open shelves should ‘make life easy’
  • These should also exude style and personality
  • Colours used could be contrasting or similar to give an appealing look

6. Using wallpaper and lighting to bring cheer to small spaces

small laundry rooms

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  • A wallpaper does wonders for tiny rooms. Especially, ones with flowers which bring your tiny utility rooms closer to nature
  • Even if the spaces are so tiny with the need to stack-up washing machine and dryer in limited space, a wall-paper adds life
  • With beautiful lighting like spot-lights or pendant lights, even darker spots in the utility room can be well lit-up to bring cheer
  • Creating ‘vertical space’ utilization and using wall-paper makes the cramped-up feeling to ease-off a lot with the spark that a wall paper adds

7. Using the ever-elegant shades of white in cabinets and accessories

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  • When the spaces are less, and installing a drying stack is not an option, one can use ‘drying rods’ in available spaces to make up for it
  • Damp garments can be dried on rods coated in white. The materials could be paints of different types. White colour is any day a good choice, especially when you want to give cramped-up spaces feel bigger than they actually are
  • A white drying rod too can look very pretty.
  • An open-basket tucked under open spaces can also be provisioned for. These are easy to grab, pull-out and allow for adequate ventilation as well. This helps avoid formation of fungus as well
  • Open spaces and cabinets in white spell a charm that’s incomparable

8. Optimize by using all the walls available in your utility room

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  • Just like in the warehouse all the walls can be optimized for utility
  • The cabinets could be positioned that are in range
  • You cold also have racks kept on top of these cabinets, and use a little step-stools (step ladders) to reach out to them
  • This helps make use of all the possible
  • You could also optimize by using the walls to attach the drying-rack to it. There are racks that can be pulled-out and squeezed back depending on when you need them. This works very well in small utility areas where laundry is a regular feature

9. Painting the ceiling to add a little excitement

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  • Most laundry rooms are small, which leaves limited space for exciting design moments.
  • You could get creative by painting your ceiling with a different pastel shade like blue, grey or even mustard-yellow
  • You could also use mini-curtains in cheque or plain cloth prints to hide your appliances, utensils or storage areas behind them

10. Adding extended shelves if the budgets don’t permit

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  • If you cannot afford to put counter tops above your washing machine or other work areas, use can use plain shelves to create the work-space
  • The shelves work just fine, and with more open ventilation, things cannot go wrong, especially in Indian kitchens, which require more ventilation
  • The open areas and shelves placed on the walls also serve the purpose very well

11. Hanging a drying rack from the ceiling

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  • In Indian utility 2 & 3 bhk apartments, like in Hyderabad, you may be forced to keep surface space free for multiple other things. So, a rack hanging from the ceiling works well, and these can be used on occasions
  • In India this makes all the more sense, since you can always roll-up the hanging rack when not required
  • You need the hanging shelf usually happens only in monsoon seasons when you can use natural sunlight in your balcony to dry your clothes
  • To add to this, beautiful looking cabinets can do well to take away the eyes from unpleasant looking machinery (washing or drying or even ironing tables etc.)

12. Installing a sound system

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  • It is not uncommon to have family members wanting to have your lower down your music, and worse still, to completely turn it off
  • You share your home and rooms with the rest of the family, but utility is not a place where everyone visits all at once
  • Your utility area is yours till you work, and music can be a huge motivation to spend the extra time in the utility room, and avoid all the restrictions imposed by family members
  • Music is panacea to too many things, and having speakers with a decent sound system with your kind of music can work wonders for your good senses. These also make the chores in the utility room unconventionally inspiring

Conclusion

Small ideas in your utility area can go a long way to make the space work well for you. In cities like Hyderabad where you have home buyers scouting for 2&3 BHK apartments, the spaces are limited.

With pandemic having impacted our lives, home buyers are now looking for a home with a ‘good utility room’ to support their day to day life. This can’t be possible without some smart planning, superb functionality, and a sense of aesthetics- all rolled into one- to create a functionally optimal utility room!

Utility rooms and laundry rooms in India are now emerging as the most sought-after areas to making life easier and well-organized. Read more

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