But even the best-laid laundry rooms could use the occasional update, and if yours falls into this category, we can help!
Below, we’re outlining a few important components to keep in mind as you’re redoing your laundry room.
1. Space: Sizing Your Washer and Dryer
Space—no matter how much we think we have, there’s just never enough. If you’re looking for a simple way to increase floor space in the laundry room, look to the size of your washer and dryer. This is the bulkiest item in the room, so scaling it down can make things feel super-roomy. But adjusting the size of your appliances doesn’t necessarily mean downsizing. Consider switching from a side-by-side format to a stackable washer and dryer, washer and dryer combo unit or a compact washer and dryer. Abt Electronics has some excellent displays you can check out in the previous references.
Stackable Washer and Dryer—Stackable washers and dryers are stacked one on top of the other, usually with the washing machine on the bottom and the dryer on top, to save space. Typically, you will compromise some load capacity if you opt for the stacked style.
Washer-Dryer Combo—These units combine both washing and drying into a single unit, which saves you the space of having two bulky appliances in the laundry room. Generally, you will sacrifice power and load capacity when you opt for this type of setup. Additionally, you won’t be able to wash and dry at the same time.
Smaller Washer and Dryer—Keeping the traditional washer-dryer setup is still possible in a space-saving design, you just have to scale down a bit. Look for models marked as “compact,” which typically hover around 24 inches wide, 33 inches high and 25 inches deep.
2. Flow: Making the Space Functional
Laundry is a multi-step process that requires a bit more space and patience than your average chore. Anything you can do to set your laundry room up so it makes doing laundry easier and more convenient will ensure that you actually tackle it on a regular schedule and don’t dread the chore.
Make the layout conducive to the steps in which you do your laundry, creating a sensible flow. Start with a table for sorting, followed by your washer and dryer and sink. The end of the assembly line should include a table for folding and ironing as well as a clothes drying rack.
Consider investing in home automation in the laundry room. Smart appliances allow you to control them from an app on your smartphone, which means you can quite literally start the washer or dryer without even getting off the couch.
Hang a bulletin board or dry erase board. This will help you keep track of important laundry notes, such as the last time you did laundry and what pieces of apparel should be line-dried or hand-washed. You may even want to hang up a guide to fabric care symbols for easy reference.
Use purpose-built laundry room essentials. We’ve all fallen into the trap of using tables, chairs and basically whatever is around to dry our delicate clothes, but a purpose-built clothes drying rack will dry clothes more efficiently without causing them to take strange shapes.
3. Storage: Keeping Everything Neat and Clean
Like space in general, it never feels like we have enough storage space in the home. But in the laundry room, extra cabinets and shelves are a serious game-changer, helping to keep everything neat, clean and in its right place. Keeping the laundry room clean is extra-important because you don’t want to expose your freshly cleaned clothes to anything that could cause stains or permanent damage.
1. Consider building in appliances on top of a cabinet pedestal that can house drawers beneath for extra storage space.
2. Switch from powders and liquids to single-use pods to prevent messes and to avoid washing with too much or too little soap. (Contrary to popular belief, the membranes on the pods do not seem to be hazardous to our health or the environment).
3. Along with your laundry detergent and fabric softener, store a gentle spray cleaner and a microfiber cloth so you can wipe up any spills, lint or dust that accumulates on top of your appliances.
4. Store laundry supplies near the sink so you can easily rinse any caps or scoops to keep the space neat.
4. Durability: Choose Practical Materials
For complete renovations, you’re going to have a lot of thinking to do in terms of finishes. Selecting flooring, countertops (or tables), appliances and shelving is a bit more of a challenge than it might be in other rooms because you need materials that are water-resistant and easy to wipe clean. Take your time when selecting the appropriate finishes for your space.
Floors—Though rare, washing machines and sinks do occasionally leak, and that can wreak havoc on your floors. Select a water-resistant flooring such as vinyl plank, ceramic tile or engineered hardwood. Remember to choose something with a little cushion to keep your feet and joints from getting sore during long laundry jobs. These are some of the most popular flooring choices when selling as well.
Countertops—The counters or tabletops in your laundry room must also be water-resistant and easy to clean so you can wipe them down regularly to avoid your clothes coming into contact with any dirt, dust or liquids. Choose quartz or granite countertops if it’s in the budget.
Designing a beautiful, well-functioning laundry room is all about setting it up so that it makes sense for both daily use and long-term performance. With a little bit of thought and a careful design and selection process, you can easily revamp your laundry room so it lightens up your load (pun intended)!
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About the author: The above article on tips for renovating your laundry room was written by Lauren Silver. Lauren is a Marketing Coordinator for Abt Electronics, the largest independent retailer of consumer electronics and major appliances. Lauren oversees all content creation from their Glenview, Illinois Headquarters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and cooking for her family.