Yes, there’s a difference, but there are a lot of similarities too. A laundry room does what it says on the tin. It’s a space where you keep as much to do with washing your clothes as possible. The washing machine, the tumble dryer, the detergents, the laundry baskets, the ironing board, the pegs, the iron – you get the gist. Many of our European neighbours can’t get their heads around the British tendency to keep anything laundry-related in the kitchen. For example, the French are more likely to keep theirs in their bathroom. It all comes down to available space, but if you do have a room to spare, a laundry room is a lovely thing to include, and again, frees up more space in your kitchen. Because, you really can never have too much storage.
Many people use the term laundry room as another word for utility room however. It comes back to what we touched on above – if you choose to give your utility a defined role. Plus, laundry room just sounds a bit nicer, doesn’t it?
The bottom line is, both are related to your kitchen, both are about making your home easy to live in day by day, both are about storage, usefulness and most likely, chores. A utility room can be used as a laundry room, and a laundry room can be in addition to a utility room, and whichever you choose, they’ll make chores that bit easier to bear.