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Designing A Laundry Room
Idea 1. Consider Functionality
The laundry room is one of the hardest working spaces, after the kitchen, in your home. Consequently, it is important to choose materials that are suitable for a wet area and will function well with a lot of use when designing a laundry room.
For example, choose durable surfaces, similar to what would make sense in a bathroom or kitchen. Counter tops made of laminate, stone, quartz-surfacing, or are not porous to water make it easy to clean up spilled detergents or fabric softeners. Plus, a smooth bench top surface will prevent snags when folding delicate lingerie, blouses, or sweaters.
Tiled floor surfaces are easy to mop up in case of spills and will not be damaged by bleach. Another aspect of the flooring is easy drainage of water in the case of an overflow or flooding. Drainage in the laundry room works better if the floor is on a slight slope towards the drain. Where as a level floor will hold water and cause damage to cabinets, walls etc.
A laundry also needs good ventilation, to prevent the build up of moisture which can lead to mould forming. Consider installing a vent for airflow especially if you are using a dryer regularly when designing a laundry room.
The size of the laundry needs to be big enough to house the washing machine, possibly a dryer, a sink and storage. Space for folding and hanging clothes may also be included in the design. A laundry room can still be built in a small space. That’s where ideas like a pocket door would be good to use to save on space.
Idea 2. Consider Storage Space
A laundry room functions better when there is plenty of storage space. Storage ideas include open shelving, wall and floor cabinets, and hooks for hanging items such as an ironing board.
For better space utilisation you may want to consider having a pull out clothes basket or hamper, or a narrow sliding cart between the washer and dryer. Also make use of the space behind the door to hang items on the back of the door or on the wall behind the door.
When designing a laundry room with limited floor space consider stacking the dryer on top of the washing machine. Then there may be room for a narrow storage cabinet next to them.
For bench space for sorting and folding clothes install a counter top above the washer and dryer to create a smooth, flat surface.
?Organising Tip: Keep items on hand or close to where you will use them. Use baskets, containers or glass jars to organise the items you will be storing.
Idea 3. Consider Lighting
The best idea is to be able to maximise natural light through having a window or even installing a skylight. If there’s not enough natural light for the function of the room consider installing task lighting over a specific area.
Another purpose of lighting is to add to the style of the room. So consider choosing lighting which will have a big impact on the feel of the room as well as being functional.
Idea 4. Consider Decor
Make your laundry room a place you enjoy being by decorating it in a way that expresses your personality. It’s easier to do laundry if the room makes you happy to be in it.
Think about hanging a fun or meaningful artwork or print, displaying indoor plants or including a quirky and cute laundry sign.
Check Out These Adorable Etsy Laundry Decor Signs:
The type of storage and organisation you use will also contribute to the feel of the room. Woven baskets or glass jars can be pretty as well as functional. A colourful floor rug can also be a great addition to the look of the room.
?Decor Tip: Remove all items from site that have a lot of written text on them. For example; the box of washing powder. Either transfer it to a storage container or keep behind a cupboard door. This helps the room look less cluttered!
Idea 5. Consider Making An Impact
The practical stuff aside, make an impact in this small space with your choice of flooring and back splash. You could even try a fun wall paper, or use unique accents such as the type of cabinet hardware.
?Design Tip: Light colours for the wall and cabinets will make a small room look larger by giving the illusion of more space.