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What Makes a Great Laundry Room

Posted 30 March 2016 2:50 PM by admin

Let’s face it, laundry is one of the least glamorous of any home chore. Depending on the size of your family, laundry can be a once a week event or an ongoing basis. How can you make this difficult chore more enjoyable? Here are a few suggestions for the ideal laundry room.

Upstairs Downstairs
If at all possible, avoid going up and down stairs. While traditionally the laundry area was down in the basement near the plumbing, this is less often case with a newer home. If it’s possible to have the washer and dryer on the same floor as your living space, you’ll be more likely to want to go there. 

That said, if you can’t, consider some simple redecorating to liven up your basement. If you can’t frame and build out the space, a coat of bright fresh paint, some new bright lighting fixtures, along with some rubber or vinyl mats on the floor can make a much more comfortable and workable area in an otherwise dingy older cellar. 

Workflow & Layout

Think about the workflow and the layout of the space. Make sure you have plenty of room to work. A spacious laundry room will accommodate more than just your washer and dryer. Make an area for dirty clothes, full hampers and for sorting closest to the washer. Allow for counter or table top space for folding, sorting and hanging items easily as they come out of the dryer. If necessary, set up an area for hanging delicate items that can’t go in the dryer. In addition to a folding area, a place for an ironing board and shelves to sort clothes before they are delivered (or better yet picked up) by their respective owners is always a good idea.

The laundry is great area for storage if at all possible. Consider closets or shelves - perhaps even a cedar cabinet - for storing clothes off season. The laundry room is also the best place for cleaning supplies, mops and buckets. 

Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Add a small screen TV so that you can watch your favorite program while you iron or fold.
  • If your laundry area is more visible - say just off the kitchen - consider doors or a curtain to cover folded clothes on open shelves.
  • Check retailers like Home Goods, Restoration Hardware, Lowe’s and Home Depot for simple storage solutions. You’ll find closed basket style hampers, metal framed hampers on wheels with multiple bins for sorting that even have an area for hanging clothes, as well as industrial style laundry bags that can be hung conveniently on the back of a bedroom door.
  • So think about it. How much time do your spend in the laundry room? Unlike the kitchen, where we entertain and it is viewed as the hub of the household, the laundry room is generally an afterthought - an afterthought that somebody spends a good deal of time in each week. Making your laundry room more pleasant and efficient doesn’t have to cost fortune. After all, why shouldn’t it be a pleasure to be in, even if the work isn’t always a pleasure itself?

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