Your home’s general utility and laundry area is often referred to as the service yard. It’s often overlooked during the interior design stage of nesting, but the usefulness of the area calls for more attention.
You can create a more functional space in your home’s service yard with just the right design perks. Take a few moments to consider some realistic ways to make better use of your home’s service yard, and look forward to a more manageable space.
Add some counter space
The service area in most homes is usually a pretty tight space, so it might not initially make sense to add countertops. However, adding countertops to your laundry room can offer an extension of your kitchen space and more prep space.
The countertops in your laundry space are also a great place to fold your clean clothing. Instead of folding your clean laundry in the bedroom or living room. Fold it right as it finishes drying.
Maximize your vertical space
The vertical space in your laundry/utility room should be optimized to make the most of the lack of square footage. When you work vertically, you can do more.
Consider installing a stackable washer/dryer unit. Add shelving for more storage space. Bins and baskets are always useful in your service yard.
Consider the flow of the space
Most service yards are an extension of the home’s kitchen, so consider how the two spaces flow together. Sometimes it may be more reasonable to merge the two in a galley style layout.
Otherwise, check the aesthetic before you call it a day. You want your service yard to be clean, simple, and most of all… useful.
Add some greenery
The starkness of the whitewalled areas in your service yard may need a little greenery to liven up the space. Consider hanging plants from your unused laundry hanging bars, and variate the plants you choose for more color.
Adding live plants to your home is good for more than just adding color. Live plants are great air purifiers. Live in a greener, cleaner space by adding a variety of foliage.
Upgrade your appliances
If you want to go the next step in creating the best space possible, you should spend time finding the best appliances for your home. Upgrade your washer and dryer to save energy and make your home a more efficient space throughout.
Finally, the most important aspect of a great service yard design is that you and your family love the space. You may need to work out some kinks in your design as you start working in the area, but these tips will help get you on the right track.