ISSUE 33  |  Summer's Greatest Hits

Steal This Look: The Organized Utility Closet, Complete with Sink

August 23, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

Here’s an idea we like: a closet converted into a practical utility space, complete with a sink and homemade built-in shelving. Styled by Dutch interior designer Kim Timmerman, it’s the perfectly ordered and sparkling extra storage everyone could use. Here, a look at the closet and how to re-create it.

Utility Sink DIY Idea by Kim Timmerman

Above: A utility room that serves as a space for storing kitchenwares and washing up, it’s tidily covered in white tiles and kitted out with shelves resting on brackets made from pegs. The same pegs are used as simple hooks over the sink. One of reasons the setup is so pleasing to the eye is its simple palette of black, white, and gray. Photograph by Louis Lemaire Fotografie, courtesy of Kim Timmerman.

Steal the look with the following elements.

American Standard All-Purpose Sink

Above: The American Standard All-Purpose Sink is designed be wall-hung and measures 22 by 30 by 9 1/2 inches; $613.76 from Amazon.

Elements of Design Vintage Wall-Mounted Sink

Above: The Elements of Design Vintage Wall-Mounted Vessel Sink Faucet with Double Cross Handles has a 9 3/4-inch spout reach from the wall; $92.99 in polished chrome via Wayfair.

Ikea Ekby Hemnes Shelf in White

Above: Ikea offers several basic white shelving options. The Ekby Hemnes, 31 1/8 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches deep, is $14.99. Companion brackets also available.

DIY Building Blocks
Above: To create shelf brackets and wall hooks, consider 
Wooden Building Blocks or a Hardwood Dowel cut into the desired lengths and painted white. Drill a hole in the back of each, insert a screw, and attach to the wall using anchors.

See our post DIY Instant Hallway Hooks Made from Blocks for tips. For ready-made options, take a look at 6 Wooden Storage Pegs.

Kaico Coffee Pot

Above: The Kaico Coffee Pot by designer Makoto Koizumi is made in Japan of enamel-coated steel with a maple knob; $130 from Emmo Home.

Staub Cast Iron Mini Cocotte

Above: The French-made Staub Cast-Iron Mini Cocotte in matte black is $75 at Williams-Sonoma. Looking for more options? See 10 Easy Pieces: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens and The World’s Most Beautiful Dutch Oven (By Way of SF).

My World Hut Amber Glass Bottle

Above: The One Gallon Amber Glass Jug with a handle and cap is $9.59 from My World Hut.

A and B Design Studio Etsy Storage Basket

Above: A six-inch-deep crocheted Hanging Storage Basket is $25 from A and B Design Studio, an Etsy seller based in Arizona. Shown here in cream; other colors available.

Brookfarm General Store Iron Scissors

Above: These Scissors are made by a Chinese scissor and knife company in business since 1663; $16 each from Brook Farm General Store.

Heath Ceramics Coupe Bowl in Black

Above: Sized for ice cream, the Dessert Bowl in onyx is part of the Heath Coupe Line designed in the 1940s; $25 from Heath Ceramics.

Ilse Crawford Brass Container

Above: The Ilse Medium Container is a brass receptacle designed by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen; $275 via The Future Perfect.

Yield Ceramic Pitchers

Above: Matte on the outside, high-gloss inside, Yield Design’s Ceramic Pitchers come in gray or white; $95. See the design put to use as a French press in our post Beautiful Brew.

If, like us, you love looking at storage options, peruse our image gallery of Laundry & Utility Rooms. Also see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Inventive Wood Wall Hooks.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 2, 2013.