Utility Room Inspiration Using Reclaimed Materials


Utility rooms require materials that are water-resistant, durable and easy to clean… which can lead them to feel boring and clinical. But it doesn’t have to be this way! 

Reclaimed stone, brick, hardwoods and tiles are all resilient and work well. These salvaged elements bring originality and much needed character to the noisy, smelly tasks of hard working utility spaces – in every job that must be done, why not bring an element of fun!



Above: For this space we used salvaged vitralite float glass to create a simple and distinctive tiled splashback. The cupboards above are fronted in reclaimed iroko worktops and the wall to the left is clad in reclaimed pine boards that were once used for curing cheese. A little vintage industrial pendant light is the finishing touch.



Reclaimed iroko worktops work particularly well in utility rooms as they are extremely durable and naturally moisture resistant. To keep iroko looking tip top for many years to come, we recommend treating it with a high-quality oil such as Timber Tect and drying up any standing water. 

Above: Here reclaimed iroko has been used for both the worktop and the  shelving, with a generously-proportioned salvaged stone sink that’s ideal for messy jobs (and small dogs!).



Above: In this utility space the neutral palette is calm and functional. This time, we’ve paired reclaimed iroko with salvaged bricks that have been cut in half so they cover double the surface area. The nuanced tones of the brick are forgiving of stains and give grip underfoot.



Above: Here we used reclaimed tiles for both the flooring and splashback. Paired with the reclaimed iroko, they give a real sense of character.



Above: Reclaimed tongue and groove cladding gives fantastic character to this hidden utility space.



Above: In this London apartment, where storage is limited, we created a laundry and utility space beneath the staircase that’s both ultra-functional and beautiful. Unusual reclaimed doors with foxed mirrors transform the aesthetic.



Above: This spacious utility room is a temple of reclaimed timbers. The cupboards are made from reclaimed maple that have been inlaid with cigar moulds from an old factory in Holland. Wonderfully sculptural, they offer enough grip to access cupboards.


Interested in using reclaimed iroko?


Our prices start at £200 + VAT / Sq M for smaller iroko worktops (< 2m) and up to ≈ £275 + VAT / Sq M for larger pieces (> 3m).

You can visit our London shop to view stock in person. It’s best to book an appointment so we can make sure a member of the team is available to help (020 8960 6060 / mail@retrouvius.com).

Alternatively, we can work together remotely to pair you with the perfect timber for your project (delivery available).

Enquire here or send an email to mail@retrouvius.com to discuss your requirements with our knowledgable team.




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