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Similar utility room by Humphrey Munson, around £35,000

‘Ease of use and accessible storage are key when designing a utility room,’ says Peter Humphrey, director of Humphrey Munson. This Classic oak ladder clips onto a secure rail, providing safe access to the upper cupboards. ‘By raising the height of the washing machine and dryer, there’s less reaching down, making wash day less of a chore. This utility room also has the luxury of a drying cupboard, which is thermostatically controlled and allows high volumes of laundry to be dried out of the way.’

Make it personal

Similar utility room by The Secret Drawer, from £13,000

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Every household has different needs, so it’s important to zone your utility storage according to size and use. In this home, the owners requested one tall cabinet to house the ironing board, mop and bucket, and another to handle shoe racks and coat rails to take the pressure off the hall. ‘For a busy family like this one, good-size laundry bins are a must. They pull out on softclosing runners for ease of use and feature personalised lettering,’ says Emily Wallbank, senior furniture designer, The Secret Drawer.

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