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What are the Best Tips for Designing a Laundry Room?

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  • Written By: K. K. Lowen
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 30 June 2018
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Designing a laundry room usually centers more on increasing function than on color schemes and decorations. Some people only use their laundry rooms for storage and washing laundry. Others use them to fold, iron, and line dry their clothes. Deciding how you want to use the room is essential during the design process.

The most basic consideration for any laundry room to make sure there is space for the washer and dryer, particularly if you want to switch between individual and stacking models. You may not need extra space for a clothes dryer if you live in an area that is warm all year or plan on exclusively air drying. If you plan on hanging the clothes in the laundry room to dry, you may want to hang the clothes lines in an area that does not hinder your ability to fold or wash more clothes.

A major factor when designing a laundry room is storage space. Many people like to install cabinets or cupboards in their laundry rooms because it can be useful to have a specific place to store detergents, stain removers, and other laundry supplies. Some people like to attach plastic or wire baskets to the walls, sometimes directly above the washer or dryer. Shelves are one of the most popular storage devices used when designing a laundry room because the installation is fast and easy.

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You may want to leave space for a folding area. Many people like to do all of their folding in the laundry room, and including a table or other flat surface when designing a laundry room will make it easier to stack and sort the clothes. Installing hooks on the wall also may be helpful for items that require hangers. If you plan to iron clothes in the laundry room and are short on space, you may want to consider purchasing a ironing board that attaches to the wall and folds down for storage.

Making sure that you have adequate space on the floor for laundry hampers or other bins may be important, but avoiding unnecessary clutter on the floor of your laundry room is also a good idea. Providing yourself with plenty of space to do laundry without fear of tripping or knocking things over is ideal. A good source of overhead lighting is also crucial when designing a laundry room.

It has become common for laundry rooms to serve dual purposes. Many people like to store other household cleaning supplies in laundry rooms, freeing up other spaces in the home. Others like to keep their pet supplies or litter boxes tucked away in laundry rooms. If you plan on making the laundry room a multi-purpose area, ridding the space of clutter and finding storage solutions may be especially helpful.

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