Designing a Functional Laundry Room

by Carmen Corbin on March 5, 2012

It’s often one of the last targets of a home improvement plan, but certainly one that deserves much more attention – the laundry room.  Whether you use it on a weekly or a daily basis, adding just a few organizational elements can dramatically reduce your laundry “chore time.”

Getting Organized

Gone are the days of the washboard and hand wringer, but just because we have it better than our great-grandparents doesn’t mean we don’t still loathe the endless task of cleaning our clothes and linens.  Part of the challenge is just getting organized and having a proper place for everything.  Let’s take a look at ways you can improve the room’s efficiency so you can get the laundry done faster and get back to the things you enjoy.

  1. Cabinets and Shelving: A kitchen remodeling contractor could get these installed in a snap.  Cabinets are great for storing your laundry supplies like soap, fabric softener, bleach, stain removers and dryer sheets.  Plus, a locked cabinet would keep these hazards safe from curious young children.  Shelves can be used for a few extra towels or a temporary place for folded clothes.
  2. Countertops: After the load comes out of the dryer, it helps immensely to have a surface for folding.  The stacks of clean clothes on the counter can then be transferred to a basket assigned to each room or person.  If your washer and dryer sit side-by-side, the counter can be installed right over the top of them.  Even a short counter next to a stacked set is helpful.
  3. Ironing Boards: A laundry room is the perfect place to store your ironing board.  Some homeowners hang an ironing board on the wall for storage, but we also like the idea of a fold down ironing board mounted to the wall.  No wrestling with the set-up; just pull down, use and then fold back up again when finished.  Make sure you have an available electric outlet nearby, and store your iron on a wall mounted wire rack to save space.
  4. Other Helpful Accessories: Because you may need to air dry some items of clothing, install a small rod for hangers, as well as some hooks.  A retractable clothes line or fold-up drying rack is also a good option.

If you have the space, including a utility sink is a great idea for hand washing delicate articles of clothing.

For more ideas on designing a functional laundry room, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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