Laundry rooms have come a long way. They have evolved from just a washer and dryer in the basement to brightly lit, multi-functional and efficient laundry rooms. If you want to remodel your existing laundry room but are concerned about adequate space, careful planning is required. Creative laundry room layout design is essential and in this article you will get a few ideas.
Washers and Dryers
The main components of a laundry room are the washer and dryer. If space is an issue, then consider a stackable washer and dryer set. This will give you more floor space. You can add a laundry sink, free standing shelves or cabinets or utilize the extra floor space for some other purpose.
A new stackable washer and dryer set can be expensive. If this is not an option for you and you will be using a conventional side-by-side washer and dryer there are other ways to utilize what space you have left.
If you don’t have a lot of floor space then you will need to use what space you do have in the most efficient manner. The first space to consider is the wall space. Wall mounted cabinets will provide you with plenty of storage space for laundry related items and anything else you want to store there.
They can be mounted directly above the washer and dryer. Make sure that there is adequate room between the cabinets and the washer and dryer to allow for opening the lids if they are top loading models.
Wall mounted shelves are a less expensive option than cabinets. They come in many styles and with many different features. They can be as simple as boards mounted on brackets.
There are plenty of inexpensive wall mounted shelves to choose from at any home improvement store. They are usually quite easy to install and can add a lot of extra storage space to a small laundry room. There are pieces of different shapes and sizes that can be organized to fit just about any size area.
Once you have installed the shelves you may want to hide the clutter that will probably collect on them. There are inexpensive, colorful and unique baskets, organizers and other bins available to make storage of small items easy and attractive.
If you don’t want to hang shelves on your walls you can purchase free standing bins, shelves and organizers that come in various shapes and sizes. They can fit in small spaces between the washer and dryer and walls. There are sorting bins that are quite space saving by being folding or taller and thinner than traditional sorting bins.
Folding and Hanging Areas
For a laundry room to be efficient it needs to have adequate space for folding and hanging the clothes.
It is frustrating to have to step over baskets or piles of clothing in order to do your laundry. This can be remedied by the addition of wall or door mounted pull-down shelves and hanging racks. Examine the open space in your laundry room.
Figure out where the pull-down rack and shelf will be the most effective for you. Try to place them where you will still be able to move around the laundry room. Behind the door shelves, ironing boards and hanging racks offer the convenience of being completely out of the way when folded up.
There are shelves specifically designed to fit in the space above the door. They can be installed around the entire perimeter of the laundry room. They may be too small for storing larger items but make a perfect place for small things like light bulbs and unused dishes and cooking ware.
When choosing what type of flooring to install don’t use carpet. Carpet will soak up spills and it will be difficult to vacuum in such a small area. Instead try tile or vinyl flooring. It will be easy to wipe up spills and keep clean.
If you want to install a sink, there are some compact sinks that will take up little room. This will provide you with the ease of rinsing out stains and delicate clothing items in the laundry room instead of the kitchen or bathroom. If you do install a sink you definitely want some kind of water resistant flooring.
Just because it’s a laundry room and people don’t tend to congregate there, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be a comfortable atmosphere for you to do your laundry in. If there is any wall space left hang pictures or some other type of interesting things to look at.
If you do a lot of laundry and will spend much time there why not add a small TV or at least a radio. These will provide you with entertainment that will make the laundry process seem faster and more enjoyable. Get creative.
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