Ideas for the Perfect Laundry Room
There are some tasks in life that are tedious and never ending. Laundry is most definitely near the top of that list! Laundry rooms have traditionally been banished to the dark recesses of a home’s basement, mud room, garage or utility closet. The noise and utilitarian look of washers and dryers make them the black sheep of the appliance family. Which makes doing the laundry an even drearier task.
More recently, rooms dedicated specifically to doing laundry and housing the machines have made their way into the mainstream. Updated sleek designs that are quieter and more energy-efficient have brought these appliances out of the dark corners of home and integrated them into the home’s interior design.
Presently, the National Association of Home Builders found that homebuyers felt the laundry room was the most indispensable of all specialty rooms. 92% of those surveyed said that a laundry room was more important to them than other features like an outdoor patio or even an eat-in-kitchen. So it’s high time your hard working laundry room gets the attention it craves!
Hanging racks provide a place to air-dry delicates and hang shirts straight from the dryer. Choose a steel bar, a retractable clothesline, or a fold-up rack that can be tucked to the side to allow those articles of clothing time to dry properly.
Cabinetry can hide detergent and cleaning supplies, as well as an ironing board, pull-out hampers, and sliding utility rails. Concealing unsightly laundry soap and other products will look less messy and declutter a small space.
Stackable machines are space savers! A front-loading design allows a full-size washer and dryer to squeeze into a narrow passage, leaving room to one side and above for open storage shelves. Got older model machines? Conceal them if you don’t want to look at your unsightly washer and dryer. Hide them behind a simple tension rod and curtain. This is also a great way of infusing a bit more texture, color, and personality into the space.
A utility sink can multitask as a hand-washing station, a place to soak soiled sports gear, or even an area to pot plants. Got pets? Then you’ve got a mess. Add a sprayer hose and you have a nice spot to give some grubby paws a rinse off before entering the house.
Bins and baskets are perfect to store dirty clothes while they wait for their turn in the washer. By adding a combination of lidded and open-top woven containers, you can organize cleaning supplies, extra toiletries, and towels. Baskets create additional storage to keep what’s left out sorted and contained. Also, treat the laundry room as you would any other space by adding cheerful curtains.
Sewing drawer is a laundry room necessity. Similar to a kitchen cutlery tray, this in-drawer organizer keeps thread, scissors, buttons, and pincushions at the ready for mending tears on the fly!
A retractable ironing board is the perfect spacesaving alternative to a traditional ironing board. Choose a folding version that fits neatly inside a drawer. Keep all of your ironing supplies convenient and in one place. Stow-away ironing board systems can be easily hidden behind a cabinet door or over-the-door on a hanger. If your room is too small for an ironing board, make a DIY version that fits on top of the dryer.
Countertops make a space for folding. Clothes are best when folded right when they come out of the dryer. Ideally, it should be right above the dryer to minimize steps. If that’s not an option, add a small folding table or cart that’s tall enough for you to work on while standing up.
Minimize bending and save your back from leaning over to load and unload laundry by raising the appliances to a comfortable height on cabinetry that also provides drawer storage. Some front-loading models now come with optional 15-inch-tall pedestals that raise them to a comfortable working height.
Good lighting can never be over emphasized. Add task lighting over your work areas. This will help you to pre-treat stains and spots. Efficient overhead lighting makes ironing more convenient and lets you search inside the washer and dryer for missing socks.
Include a hidden trash bin to get rid of dryer vent lint, tags off of new clothes, and spent dryer sheets. Also, you should have a proper container in which to stash the cash you discover going through pockets (finders keepers!) Missing socks? No problem. Mount a short clothes line on the wall with clothes pins to put those orphan socks on display until their mate shows up.
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