Creating the Ultimate Laundry RoomColby Morrell
Spaces dedicated to utilities and tasks don’t often get the design attention they deserve. But with a little bit of planning and thoughtful design, these spaces can be efficient, inviting, and multipurpose. To design an efficient laundry room that saves you time and effort, think about the tasks involved: sorting clothes, washing, drying, and folding. We just finished a home where the laundry room sees a lot of action, so we’ve created the ultimate laundry room checklist for those of you who are trying to figure out a solution to your own neglected space.
If you’re building your home from the ground up or renovating, why not incorporate extra work surfaces into your laundry room? On this project, a large center island allows plenty of surface space for folding clothes or any other related task.
It’s true that you can never have too much storage space in a home. This laundry room features plenty of cabinets and drawers to keep things neat and organized. Having the items you need at an easily accessible location makes chores a lot easier and even more enjoyable.
A Place to Hang Clothes
This seems like a no brainer, but we’ve seen many laundry rooms without somewhere to hang clothes. Incorporating a hanging rod into the design allows you an easy way to hang freshly pressed clothes or slightly damp ones waiting to dry.
Ok, so this isn’t a necessity, but we’re talking about building the ultimate laundry room. We love natural light in work spaces for two reasons: It allows you to see things better and it’s more inviting. Nobody enjoys folding clothes in a dark closet…a laundry room with a view guarantees you’ll find yourself enjoying the mundane task that is laundry.
Double the Function
Having not just one washer and dryer but two ensures a low turnover rate for laundry in this client’s household. Imagine not having to wait for the washer to stop to begin your next load of laundry? Sounds magical, doesn’t it?
Rolling Laundry Carts
Packing our arms full of clothes is not only inefficient, but stressful. An easy way to avoid that trail of dropped socks is to use rolling laundry carts. In this space we have one designated for dirty laundry and clean laundry awaiting to be folded.
Having an extra sink in the laundry room is great for some of those dirtier chores, like treating stains or scrubbing shoes. Placing it near the washer and dryer is also ideal for an efficient work flow.