Laundry rooms have come a long way in the sphere of home design. Once relegated to concrete corners in cold, dark basements, the laundry room is now another spot in the home to put both form and function into practice. This once-dreaded household chore hits differently when you’re able to do it in a light-filled, well-organized room. (Well, maybe you still dread it. We understand.)
Newer home layouts have brought the laundry area to the hub of home life, whether in the mudroom, near the bedrooms, or tucked into bathroom closet spaces. Placing the laundry area where everyone actually lives helps streamline this never-ending chore.
Maybe you’re tired of the inefficiencies in this area of your home. But where do you start when thinking about remodeling your own laundry room? Here at Bella Domicile, we have some ideas on how to make your laundry room work better for your life.
Picking out a washer and dryer sets the tone for the space plan of the room, since these appliances are the least flexible aspect of the space. Determine what type of appliances you’d like: a standard washer and dryer, a set raised on pedestals, or a stacked configuration.
Dry Away System
One of our favorite laundry room additions is the Dry Away System. Dry Away is a series of vertical hanging racks that can be pulled out as needed and otherwise stay stashed away inside custom cabinetry. These racks are a discreet way to dry delicate clothing as well as towels, swimsuits, and other sports gear. Or use them for regular loads of laundry to save on energy consumption and costs that would otherwise be spent using a dryer. Dry Away is also perfect for smaller spaces, as it’s able to dry multiple articles of clothing in a fraction of the space of a single hanging rod.
Cabinets and Organization
Like most rooms, a laundry area functions best when it is open and uncluttered. It’s a space where people go in and out frequently, often with their arms full of towels or bulky baskets. The clearer the space is, the easier and safer it is to use. Cabinets and shelving also help stash away everything from ironing boards to hampers and laundry detergent to miscellaneous cleaning supplies.
A folding area helps keep all the laundry tasks in one spot. If you’re using a front-loading washer and dryer, a counter area above the appliances is one way to make room for a folding area, even in a small space. A larger laundry room might have room for a separate counter space. A folding area can sometimes double as a spot for ironing, depending on its size and material.
The laundry room is a perfect spot for a deep, single-bowl utility sink. These all-purpose sinks can be used for soaking away stains and filling or emptying utility buckets. Sometimes a utility sink is used to bathe small pets—or rinse off muddy-footed children!—as an alternative to the bathtub or other sinks in the home. Know if and how you plan to use a utility sink in order to purchase the right one for your life.
Think water-resistant when you look at materials for a laundry room. Avoiding laminate flooring and cabinetry and using tile or luxury vinyl tile flooring and solid surface or stone countertops are all important in a space filled with water and cleaners.