All you need to create the most productive laundry experience

Sure, your laundry room may not be the most important room in your home. Yet, designing your laundry to be a productive and attractive work area can improve the atmosphere in the space and remove the gloominess of this daily chore. Before you begin, think about how you would like your laundry room to look. Try drawing a design first while taking the following into consideration:

Your washing machine size and type, where you want to place the sink (if any), the amount of counter space you would need to work comfortably, where you would like to place the cupboards etc. To help you on your journey toward laundry perfection, we’ve broken up the various stages of designing a laundry room.

You may find that there are certain limitations that will stop you from realising the exact vision you had for the laundry room, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t work around these limitations. Let’s get started.

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Stage 1: Appliances

If you intend to buy another washer and dryer, you should consider either of these options: stacking your washing machine and dryer or have them standing beside each other under the counter. Both these options will save you a lot of space, and in both instances, it would be best to buy a front-loading washing machine and dryer.

Your laundry room should always be designed around your washing machine and dryer. The reason is simple: electrical points and water supply are elements that won’t change without considerable cost. So if you need to move your appliances, you’ll need to move the water supply connections and electrical outlet sockets too.

Washing Machine and Dryer Tips
Washing machines and dryers come in various sizes, so it is important to leave additional space around your machines. You may decide to buy new ones later on, and having some extra space can make the change much easier.

Then, front-loading versus top loader. Keep the pros and cons of each in mind – especially when considering the layout of your laundry room. As mentioned, a front loader can fit under a counter, but not a top loader. Stacking your front-loading machines takes up far less space than making them sit next to one another. If stacking is your choice, just make sure you have a unit intended for stacking purposes.

You can also consider putting your machines on a platform/pedestal, giving you extra space underneath. You should also double-check that the platform/ pedestal you buy is appropriate for your particular models.

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Stage 2: Work Space

Let’s be honest, we all use our laundry rooms as a multipurpose room. It’s a place to store pet food, keep the ironing board, hide the vacuum. Not having enough workspace can leave you feeling exasperating. The room will appear very disorganised, particularly when your laundry is doing double duty for something besides washing and drying garments. Having a well spread out space, with an abundance of counter space won’t just allow you to do the washing, it’ll also open the doors to numerous other tasks and uses. Here’s what you need to think about:

Worktop Space
Consider how much worktop space you will need, and build it in. Space will be needed for items such as clothing hampers/baskets, laundry supplies, cleaning detergents and other clothing supplies. Having more counter space will add more advantages to you. Invest in more than you think you’ll need.

If you have a satisfactory amount of counter space, you’ll be able to work effortlessly on many tasks without getting frustrated.

Floor Space
The laundry room should have sufficient space so you can move around without any restrictions. Plenty of space and a good layout will have a major positive effect on your productivity. Some homeowners with larger laundry rooms jump at the chance to construct an island counter where they can perform various tasks and fold the laundry. Just make sure to leave enough space so the cupboard doors can be opened completely.

Never overcrowd your laundry room. By doing so, you will be limiting your floor space, and it will make moving around more frustrating. In other words, the room will look unorganised and untidy very quickly.

Sink
If you have the space and water supply available, a sink in your laundry room is an added advantage. If space is restricted, you can use the area on top of the sink to your advantage as well, by simply putting a cover over the sink when it’s not being used.

The perfect solution would be to place your sink on the left side of your washing machine. Doing so will make doing your laundry so much easier, as the soaked laundry can go directly from the sink to the washing machine with very little effort.

Stage 3: Storage

Every kitted laundry room requires lots of storage space, as there are many potentially hazardous items that need to be stored away safely. Stuff like cleaning detergents, washing detergents and other chemical supplies, not to mention the ironing board, brooms, dusters, dust pans and other tools required to maintain your home.

Overhead Cabinets
Overhead cabinets are not only a good idea, but a big advantage because they increase your storage space without taking up floor space. Investing in overhead cabinets instead of racks will also help keep your laundry room organised and neat.

Base Cabinets
Base cabinets offer more space than the overhead ones but take up more space. You can place these under some of your countertop areas.

Freestanding Cabinets
A slightly more expensive way to go is by purchasing and using free-standing cupboards. These laundry style cupboards can give your laundry room a stylish look if they’re made to match the other appliances in your laundry.

Stage 4: Finishing Touches

Keeping the room looking well-organised and neat is important. That’s why the final touches in your laundry can have a significant impact, and give the room some much-needed character.

The best laundry plans are those that are planned from an angle of both comfort and convenience. It goes without saying that you will invest a considerable amount of time and energy by doing the laundry, so you should make the room a space that is friendly, and maybe even fun to be in.

Laundry Baskets
Laundry Baskets are not only handy in the laundry, but some of them look great. They come in a variety of styles such as wicker, wire or plastic. They have the potential to add a touch of style to your laundry room.

Lighting
Take full advantage of the windows in the room for natural lighting. Having a good overhead light is important too. A nice small chandelier fixture in a laundry room will give the space an elegant and stylish look.

Lighting under the countertops is another way of adding functionality and personality to the room. They provide excellent work area lights and are easy to install and inexpensive.

Ironing
Do you sort, fold and iron your laundry in different rooms? It’s a good idea to start sorting out your laundry to suit the task of ironing. Setting up your ironing board close to a countertop would be very convenient. If you don’t have an ironing board, and then select a countertop close to an electrical socket to get the job done.