Laundry – a chore no more (well, not exactly). Laundry will inevitably remain a cumbersome chore – especially for big families. This is reason enough for trying to simplify the process. A well-organized laundry room design makes doing the laundry a much more manageable task. It doesn’t have to be a complete remodel (although – it can be), but for now, we have some simple laundry room design ideas which will help keep your laundry space clean, organized, and functional.
Storage and Organization
Keeping a tidy laundry space can be challenging but rewarding if done right. If adding cabinetry and built-ins are in the budget, then you’ve met the ultimate laundry room storage solution. For starters, store detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, stain removers, bleach and other laundry supplies out of sight, but close enough for convenience and optimal use of counter space.
Other laundry room storage ideas include shelving to temporarily hold folded clothes. Additionally, a hanging rod, clothes line or drying rack is useful to hang items that can’t be dried with heat. It doesn’t have to be fancy; even the simplest rollaway storage units can help keep things optimally organized.
Counterspace is essential. Arguably, the most tedious task in the laundry process is folding. But folding straight out of the dryer is a great way to avoid wrinkles, keep clothes organized, and save time. Building in a folding space to fold and stack clean, dried clothes is a must-have.
If you have a big family, you can even take this one step further by organizing your folded clothes into baskets labeled with each family member’s name or initials. If you don’t have the space for big shelving to house these baskets, you can use stackable laundry baskets to do the job.
Not just any folding space will do. Having durable surfaces in your laundry room design is key. Remember, these surfaces encounter soiled clothing, spilled detergents, bleach, water – you name it. You want something that’s easy to clean and strong enough to handle any sort of laundry calamity.
Let There Be Light
Many laundry rooms are situated either in the basements of homes or interior rooms without windows. This is an almost traditional spot for the laundry room, and it makes sense for several reasons (chief among them are noise and overflow concerns). Moving the laundry room closer to bedrooms and/or combining it with a bathroom or kitchen, however, seems to be the latest trend. And, it makes sense to have the laundry room in a more convenient location for our messy, non-stop lives. If you have the luxury of relocating your laundry room to a sunnier spot, consider doing so. (The atmosphere alone may be brighter and cheerier, making it a less daunting task.) But if moving your laundry room space isn’t an option, brightening up the basement space is key. Being able to see what you’re doing and having enough light to examine clothes for stains is very beneficial. The right kind of lighting comes in handy for folding, sorting and brightening your mood as well.
No matter what your budget may be, there are plenty of ways to step up your laundry game. Whether you are looking for laundry storage ideas or laundry room designs, your space can indeed become more functional. Figure out what’s most important to you and what you can afford, and make your laundry room a space for others to envy.
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