With a functional, well-designed laundry room washing clothes can feel less like a chore and more like a treat. Here are our best tips for turning your laundry room into one of your new favorite rooms in your home.
Start in the right place for youIf possible, keep your laundry room on the main floor, 2nd floor, or wherever you accumulate laundry the most. The placement will vary family to family. However, it’s important to remember your laundry room must remain in a room that’s heated to avoid any frozen pipes.
Keep it uniquely youNo matter the size of the space, make sure it reflects your style and suits existing décor. Don’t shy away from a bold move in the wallpaper or flooring; small rooms are a great place to take design risks you’d normally avoid.
Don’t forget a laundry sinkLaundry sinks are the epitome of functional—great for soaking, hand-washing, pre-washing, and rinsing— and they can often be beautiful. Install a deep-bowled, stain-resistant sink to keep it looking fresh while still maintaining absolute functionality.
Form follows functionThe laundry room’s purpose is the starting point of your design. There are four tasks you need to incorporate into the room: sorting, washing/drying, ironing, and hanging/folding. Take time to plan out the space to ensure that all tasks can be adequately completed.
- Portable laundry sorters, if you have the floor space, are great to help you sort out colors and put loads into the washer with ease.
- Your entire space will be centered around the machines you have. Stackable machines are great for small spaces, while front-loading units are easier to clean and have more options of placement or storage.
- A drying rack is important for air-dry garments, but you can save space by installing a pull-down rack that can be folded back onto the wall when not in use.
- An ironing board is also a great item to store on the wall, allowing accessibility without taking up precious floor space. An easy design trick is to customize the fabric cover to match your existing décor.
- Folding and hanging space is where front-loading units really shine. You can easily install a simple countertop over the machines for a folding station. If the room allows for it, you can place a tension rod between cabinets or install a rod high enough above the units to hang cleaned and iron clothes.
Maximize your storage spaceCupboards, shelves, and baskets are great options to keep all the cluttering necessities out of sight but still in a convenient location. Install storage where applicable, and consider closed storage for most items, but open storage for frequently used items (like detergent, dryer sheets, and fabric softener). You can even use baskets, jars, and glass containers and dispensers to make your most used necessities fit into the style of the room.
Every inch countsYou may not have a large space—or a large budget. The good news is that even closet laundry rooms can be functional and stylish if you utilize all the space available to you. Consider changing bifold closet doors to swing-out doors to add extra storage. The inside of a door can be a great place for a drying rack or small shelves and containers. Remember, attractive storage containers can make a huge difference in making any space look stylish.
Consider water when choosing your wallsThe wallpaper and wall treatments should be able to stand up to water. A safe bet is durable tile, vinyl coated wallcoverings or semi-gloss paint that can be beautifully colored or patterned while still being able to be wiped down.
Take lighting into accountAside from ambient light, you might want task lighting to illuminate certain areas. Consider installing lighting in areas where ironing or sewing takes place, for both safety and a little touch of style and warmth.
Install durable floorsCeramic, porcelain, or vinyl floors are great flooring options that can withstand leaks or floods should something unfortunate occur. You may also consider an electric floor warming system underneath tile to protect it and help heat the room.
Prioritize ventilationVentilation is the most important safety consideration to avoid fires. Plan where your laundry room will go based on whether you can install a ventilation hose to the outside. The rigid metal ventilation hose you’ll need is required by law in most states, but it is still an important factor to look out for.
Still a little wary of designing a laundry room that will turn out as functional as it is beautiful? Davin Interiors would be happy to help take your vision and turn it into the room of your dreams.