Advice on designing an easy to use laundry room that looks fantastic
For many families, the laundry room is kind of an afterthought. You probably don’t spend a lot of time in the laundry, unless of course, you have a house full of kids, then the time you do spend in there needs to be quick, easy and efficient.
We all need to do laundry eventually, and if you have a washer/dryer in your home, it’s often tucked away in a utility closet or a corner of the basement. Creating and designing a functional, dedicated laundry room takes some thought. Once you’ve set up a counter to fold clothes, some storage for supplies and maybe room for an ironing board and hanging clothes, you’ll begin to understand all of the benefits of creating a designed and dedicated space to do this most mundane of chores. In fact, with a little planning and thought, you can have a laundry room that’s not only functional but fun! Looking for home design inspiration? Click Here
Here are some tips and elements to consider when creating the perfect laundry room!
• Don’t Overlook Storage Space! – Detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain spray, bleach, irons, ironing boards, clothing steamers all are used in the laundry. You’ll want to store them, and you’ll need cabinets and shelves to do it! Don’t forget to include hanging racks for ironed shirts and drip racks for sweaters and drip dry clothing.
• Make Sure You Include Proper Lighting – Laundry rooms are often located in a spare utility room or closet, or in the basement many times without any windows or natural light. If you’re only dropping your clothes into the washer, you might just need a small light, but if you’re planning on sorting, cleaning stains, or ironing, you’ll need some task lighting. Natural light is always the best, so if you’re considering converting a spare room into a laundry room, natural light is best. Overhead or recessed lighting is the next best thing.
• Remember to Consider the Water! – It’s necessary and often not thought about, but you don’t only need it to do the wash, it can pose a danger as well. If there’s a plumbing problem, you can experience extensive damage to your home. If you’re converting a room or starting from scratch, always make sure to keep the drain accessible, and include an emergency water shut-off valve or system and make it easy to find and operate. You never plan on a flood, but if you have one, make sure you plan and have proper precautions in place.
• Consider Your Work Flow – Your design should take into account how you work and focus on assisting you with the task. Before you, design and layout typically space, consider how laundry will flow into and out of your space. Will you use laundry baskets, or install a chute system from the second-floor bedrooms, bathroom or hallway directly into the laundry room in the basement if possible. Think about how you normally work and your family’s needs. Then create a space that will work out with your normal flow.
• Install Proper Ventilation – Your dryer requires proper ventilation to operate. Usually via a hose that vents out of your home. However, ventilation fans and windows can help to keep your laundry room cool and dry. The combination of water, heat and the action of your washing machine can cause increased humidity in the room. Without proper ventilation, you can be susceptible to mildew or worse, mold! Even with modern appliances. Make sure to take ventilation into account when designing your space.
Creating a formal, well-designed laundry room is a great addition to any home. While you can have fun with the design and make it an aesthetically, exciting part of your living space, make sure you prioritize functionality over anything else. The thing to remember is that the function of your laundry room is to make your chores easier and provides plenty of space to work. Whether you’re building a new laundry room or remodeling an existing space, make sure your design team has the experience in place, and the understanding of your family’s lifestyle to ensure that you will create a space that is functional and you enjoy working in! Schedule a complimentary consultation and start your home remodeling project now!