Utility Carts: The Bold and the Beautiful Workhorses

Utility Carts: The Bold and the Beautiful Workhorses

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Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 4, 2010

Utility carts have always stood out as an obvious choice for home decor due to their functionality. They come in all sorts of colors, hold whatever you need, and aren't obtrusive in nature. And don't worry— used in the right way, they say industrial and hip instead of My husband is a mechanic and won't let me buy real furniture.

Utility carts are a great substitution any place you'd have traditional cabinets and drawers. They're waterproof, easy to clean up and you can use them in any room in the home without much complication. They can be dressed up and be that splash of ruggedness in a more feminine space or be dressed down and be real show stoppers in places that feel more masculine in their design.

Many utility carts are all metal construction and will last a lifetime with proper care. You can seek out ones that are made right here in the USA, or vintage carts. Here are a few places to put them to work around your home:

1. In The Kitchen: In the kitchen a utility cart can make for a great place to store silverware, cooking utensils, knives and towels. They keep everything dust free and the rubber drawer liners make sure everything stays in good condition.

2. In The Laundry Room: That little space between your washer and dryer or the wall is small, but can have great impact when used for storage. Try using a utility cart to hold detergents and other laundry accessories and because they can take the weight, you can even keep your homemade laundry soap in a pretty glass container without worrying about lifting it up and down off a shelf each time you need to use it.

3. In The Living Room: Aside from making a great rolling library, you can also use these carts to create a bar that lives outside of your kitchen, freeing up room for other things. Plus, it means it's always ready to wheel outside for a backyard bbq!

4. In The Bedroom: Although there are plenty of other options available, smaller carts with single drawers make for great night stands. Some even come with an additional outlet wired in so there's no lamp cords roaming around under your bed. They're perfect for holding all your bedside needs.

How would you put them to use? Let us know in the comments below!

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