A traditional utility cart looks like a shelving unit on wheels, and are useful multipurpose pieces of furniture. They are mainly used in office or factory settings to move items from one area to another and are considered an efficient tool to have. However, utility carts can also be used outside of their typical function of moving things. They can instead be used for storage purposes and can be painted to suit the design and decorative themes of the rooms they are in.
Utility carts can be used in bedrooms as shelving units to hold books, framed pictures and other decorative mementos. In a child’s bedroom, they can be used to store books and toys. They can also be used in closets to store clothing items, such as sweaters, jeans and shoes. To ensure that the clothing items remain organized, baskets can be used to store the pieces. And if there is no closet in a room, a utility cart in a corner of the room can replace a chest of drawers. Although most utility carts are metallic, they can be painted, spray painted or wrapped in colorful wrapping paper to blend in with a room or closet.
Many older kitchens lack adequate counter space to display decorative plates and other items. Luckily, a utility cart can be used for those purposes. Additionally, a vase of flowers can be placed on the top shelf to bring color and warmth to a kitchen. A utility cart can also be used in kitchens that do not have many cabinets for storage. They can house glasses, plates, pots, pans, blenders and other tools that are essential to cooking. Homeowners that do not like the metallic color of a utility cart can simply paint it or cover it with wrapping paper, newspaper pages or magazine pages to make it more interesting. However, those who like the clean and modern look of metallic finishes need not do anything.
The modern kitchen typically comes with a center island. In some kitchens, these islands have granite, marble or wooden butcher tops. In some cases, certain homeowners opt for steel-covered counter-tops as a modern, fashion-forward alternatives. For those with smaller kitchens that lack a center island, a utility cart can serve the same purpose. Larger utility carts can be outfitted with a wooden or metal slab that is secured using nails. The cart would serve as a center island upon which food can be prepared or dough for baking can be rolled. The shelving space can also serve as storage.
In newer and larger homes, kitchen pantries provide space for food products. Big pantries may have space for a utility cart which can be used to hold cooking books, cans and other things that need to be close by while cooking. As the utility cart has wheels, it can be used as a kitchen caddie. As such, for big cooking tasks during the Thanksgiving holiday, for instance, a utility cart can be stacked with the ingredients needed for the meal. The cart can then be rolled out from the pantry and into the kitchen, close to where food is being cooked. All necessary ingredients and tools would be in one place and easily accessible, saving time.
As elsewhere, utility carts can serve as storage space in bathrooms. Homeowners can place lotion, bars of soap, towels and other linens on the cart. And in bathrooms that do not have cabinet space, utility carts with baskets can house toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair products and makeup. The cart can also hold decorative pieces such as flowers.
In an office or home office, a utility cart can hold supplies such as paper clips, pens, printer paper and staplers. Carts can also be used for books, telephones and decorative pieces. Furthermore, they can serve as ‘catch all’ spaces where cell phones and keys are stored.
Utility carts can act as an excellent storage place in a garage. Depending on their shape and design, the cart can house certain sporting equipment like golf balls, soccer balls and roller blades. For men and women who use their garages as a repair area, a utility cart can hold wrenches, screw drivers and other tools. And for active families that do not have a mud room, a utility cart in the garage can serve as a space to place muddy boots, wet clothing and stinky shoes. The cart can easily be rolled out into the yard to be sprayed down, when necessary.