Could a customized laundry room improve more than just your laundry experience?
Picture your usual laundry routine. For years you’ve been lugging a heavy basket heaped with dirty clothes down your basement stairs and folding countless clean loads on your kitchen table or living room couch.
Probably few people consider laundry a fun activity. But unless you’re willing to wear foul-smelling outfits or buy a new wardrobe each week, the chore will always be necessary.
Is there a way you can make laundry day more enjoyable?
The answer to your dirty clothes dilemma is a well-designed laundry room.
Whether you’re restricted to remodeling an existing area or starting from scratch with a new construction, the following laundry room ideas will help you get the perfect space for your personal needs.
3 Helpful Laundry Room Ideas
1. Design the Layout to Facilitate Laundry Tasks
Consider all of the activities associated with the laundry process: sorting, pretreating, loading, unloading, folding, and ironing.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the layout helped the flow from one task to the next?
If you design your laundry room in a logical fashion based on tasks, you’ll be able to move quickly and easily from one chore to another. As a result, you'll save time and effort.
Make your laundry room more efficient by adding:
- countertops for folding
- shelves and cabinetry for storage
- hanging rods for air-drying
- sink with a gooseneck faucet for pre-soaking
- retractable or built-in board for ironing
- water resistant flooring for an unexpected spill or a leak
- task lighting so you can see what you’re doing
Get the most out of your room by consulting with a design professional. An experienced designer will listen to your needs, evaluate your available space, and suggest a design that will make the most of your resources.
To help you envision your new laundry room, computer generated images can be provided.
2. Coordinate the Color Scheme with the Rest of Your Home’s Décor
Because so much time is devoted to doing laundry, it makes sense that people want the space to be more beautiful. If the room feels welcoming and makes you smile, chores will seem easier.
Decorate your laundry room in a way that expresses your unique style and complements the rest of your home. Consider these popular color schemes:
- White laundry rooms are common because the color lends a fresh, clean aesthetic.
- Neutral shades, such as gray, are right on trend.
- Calming colors like pale blue and green are wonderful choices.
3. Incorporate More Functions than Just Laundry Chores
In the past homeowners usually placed the washer and dryer in the basement. Today, many people are opting for a more practical location and incorporating a laundry room into the first or second floor of their home.
Modern laundry rooms often operate as multi-functional utility spaces.
The extra cabinetry provides a great place to store the overflow of household cleaners and paper products. Upper cabinets keep hazardous materials out of reach of curious little hands.
Also, the countertops come in handy for working on crafts or wrapping presents when not being used for laundry.
Some homeowners enjoy the benefits of a combination laundry room and mudroom, especially if they have kids and/or pets.
Imagine the convenience of a washer and dryer right inside the entryway of your home. Children could drop soiled clothes in the mudroom and avoid tracking dirt throughout your home.
And think of your four-legged friends. Some people choose to install a dog shower in their utility space. After you dry your pet, you can toss those wet towels right into the washer.
In conclusion, a customized laundry room can improve more than just your laundry experience. Because when your laundry chores are easier, and you’re surrounded by a décor you love, you’re almost guaranteed to be happier.
The professional design team at Harrisburg Kitchen and Bath are ready to get you started on your dream laundry room. Contact us today.
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