Create an Ideal Laundry Room
For some reason, laundry rooms keep popping up in my social media feed, so I decided it was a sign! I want to discuss laundry rooms in this post. I realize that a laundry room isn't the most popular or sexiest room in the house. But a well-designed one can make life so much easier.
It's okay to splurge in the laundry room - you spend a great deal of time there. I tell clients to consider a design that makes them feel happy. That can be a fun cabinet color, unique hardware, a patterned floor tile or backsplash, or wallpaper. These features can really enhance the space - and your mood - when you're performing the most mundane tasks.
Ideally, a laundry room should have the following features to maximize its potential:
I don't think you can have too much storage space in a laundry room. You will always find something to store in there. Whether you're designing a laundry room from scratch or simply want to improve your current laundry room, be sure there's a lot of storage. Install plenty of cabinets, drawers, and open shelving. If you have sufficient floor space, add closets for items like brooms and mops.
Sooner or later, you're going to need to soak an item of clothing, particularly if you have children or pets. A sink is critical in a laundry room, and I recommend deep ones. If you use the sink for bathing dogs, a pull-down faucet comes in very handy.
This tends to be an after-thought for many homeowners, but I think it should be one of the first things you consider. Countertops are very handy when you're separating laundry or folding clothes. Laundry room countertops often double as a gift wrap station, which leads back to the need for abundant storage. If you don't have a way to add countertops, consider adding a wall-mounted, fold-down table. I also recommend installing a hanging rod or drying rack.
Pull-Out Ironing Board:
Ironing isn't at the top of anyone's wish list. Still, a wall-mounted, pull-down ironing board or a drawer-mounted one (you pull out the drawer to use) is another handy idea.
Don't overlook the importance of good lighting. I recommend overhead lighting as well as under-cabinet lighting. Consider the type of work you'd do in your laundry space, and add the appropriate task lighting.
If you're remodeling your laundry room or building a new home, I'd be happy to assist you with your laundry room's design. We can discuss things optimal layout and smart designs that optimize the space, add plenty of storage, and ensure useful functionality. Send me a message if you'd like to discuss your laundry room or another area in your home.