If there is one universal chore that the whole world surely does, then that would be laundry. Everyone has to do laundry at some point (unless you can afford helpers who will do this for you). That being said, you might want to check out some ideas on laundry room design which are useful for maximizing space within your home.
With these ideas, you may be delighted to see that your laundry room will be tidy, neat, and well organized. It might even make laundry your favorite chore of all!
Check Out Your Current Allotted Space
It is always prudent to examine your existing laundry room space before making any design changes. Your first thought should be thinking about the raw space, meaning the dimensions of the room when there are no machines such as a washer and dryer. Mentally strip the room of its cabinets and imagine what the walls would look like without them. If there are hampers sitting around, try to remove those too. This will show you what you have to work with.
Sketch on Paper Your Ideal Laundry Room
It is normal to want to upgrade your current laundry room into one that is both functional yet aesthetically pleasing at the same time. So, take this opportunity to sit down at your desk and sketch what you would like to see in your ideal laundry room.
It is easier to describe the end result you are looking for to the construction team (that will help you upgrade your laundry room) if you have sketched it out on paper. Here are some pointers to bear in mind:
- Location and Measurement of Laundry Room – This section will indicate where in the house floor plan the laundry room is located. This becomes more important if you are planning to move the laundry room to another part of your house. It also helps if you are planning to install a laundry chute (useful for multi-storey homes).
- Presence of Water Supply and Drainage Plumbing System – Your current laundry room may already have a water supply and drainage plumbing system built in. This means you need to install additional water supply and drainage system if you plan to move the laundry room to another part of the house. Indicate that in the sketch as well.
- Types of Washer and Dryer – Generally, a laundry room should have at least one dependable washing machine and a tumble dryer. If you have a family, the washing machine and tumble dryer should be able to accommodate a week’s worth of laundry. If you have a much bigger family now, you have the option of adding at least one more washing machine. Take note that you have to figure out where the machines should go, so they don’t cut a chunk out of your free space. One option is to stack the dryer on top of the washing machine, provided they are both front-loading machines. You should make sure there is adequate room behind the machines for heat to escape. Also, there should be enough room to pull out your washing machine or dryer when they break down so the whirlpool dryer repair technician can fix it.
- Working Sink – You don’t need a very big sink in the laundry room unless there are non-laundry tasks assigned to that sink (such as bathing a child or a pet there). But a sink can be necessary, such as when you handwash your delicates. You could put a hanging rod over the sink, above the top of your head, so that you can hang hand-washed items there and let them drip until it’s time to pop them into the dryer for a quick tumble.
- Storage Space – The reason some laundry rooms have cabinets is to provide storage space for laundry necessities like laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, bleach, and hangers. If you are planning for a new or upgraded laundry room, your new ideas should accommodate a need for storage. Much will depend on how much raw space you have set aside for that purpose. You may also need laundry rods attached to walls or to the sides of the cabinets, where you can hang freshly ironed clothes.
- Counter Space – Don’t forget to add counter space to your ideal laundry room You need counter space so you can fold clothes and put them in neat piles before they are brought to bedroom closets. If you do your ironing in the laundry room, you can pile up freshly ironed casual clothes such as jeans and T-shirts on the counter space, stacked up neatly depending on whose clothes belong in which closets.
- Foldable Ironing Horse and Hand Iron – Laundry ideas should also include provisions for ironing tasks. You will need an ironing horse and a hand iron for this, that can be safely stashed away in a nook so these don’t get in the way of other laundry tasks. One solution is to set aside a cabinet specifically for the ironing horse and the hand iron.
- Dirty Clothes Hampers – You will also have to check if there is space for the hampers that house your family’s dirty laundry. You can make room under the counter space, if necessary. Be sure to have a lid for your hampers so the dirty laundry smells won’t spread around.
- Ventilation – Since you don’t want mold sprouting in your laundry room, you will need to factor in the location for a ventilation system, leading out of the house. Some may just opt to put in a window in the laundry room which is good so that there is an influx of airflow. Otherwise, you need to check how the humidity-rich air from the washing machine can escape avoiding mold growth.
- Power Outlets – Even if you are not an electrician, you probably should take into account the location of power outlets. For instance, if you will be ironing in the laundry room then you should have a power outlet somewhere near the counter space. That way, all you would have to do is plug in the iron and start using it. You should also take note of the power outlets for the washer and dryer so that there is no risk of their getting wet.
Since you don’t reorganize your laundry room that often, it pays to use the present opportunity to try to redesign that room to make better use of the space. You can plan for a minor or major renovation if your budget allows for it. You can even plan to relocate the laundry room to another part of your home. The key to making this work is to set aside space for each laundry-related machine or item so that storage won’t be difficult. That way, you won’t have to dread laundry day anymore.