Guest Blogger #428, Entry #1044, March 27, 2012
Laundry rooms don’t have to be big on size to be big on features. With a little planning and these space saving tricks you can have a room that functions much bigger than the sum of its square footage.
By using simple components that are readily available at Home Depot and Lowe’s, you can have the laundry room of your dreams. Ideas like hidden ironing boards, drying racks that drop down, and stacking full size washing machines and dryers will help you to make the most of your space.
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Upper cabinets are missing from most laundry rooms but are a storage miracle. I can never figure out why some people leave them out. I suspect they may be one of the first things to go when the budget gets tight.
You don’t need expensive cabinets, however. Basic white cabinets will do. Using wood framed glass doors will lighten up the look of the cabinets. Then cover the glass with lace adhesive film to hide the contents of the cabinet.
Don’t fill the entire area under the countertop with cabinets. Leave some of the area open so you can slide a chair under it or for laundry baskets.
No need for expensive countertops like quartz or granite in the laundry room. I always recommend plastic laminate considering the light use that the counters will be getting.
Plastic laminate countertops are not only cheap but they are beautiful as well. You can get laminates that mimic natural stone very well, and with custom edges most on-lookers will be fooled into thinking you spent the extra cash on stone.
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Dressing Up The Utility Sink
Get yourself a deep utility sink, just like the ones you see at Home Depot and dress it up.
Wrap a skirt around it to hide the plumbing, plastic legs, and whatever you are storing underneath. These step by step instructions will show you how to make one in a jiffy.
Conceal The Ironing Board
A hidden ironing board is a must have for a small laundry room. Home Depot and Lowe’s both sell pre-made units. Dress up the unit by wall papering the inside of the box for a little bit of fun every time you fold down the ironing board to reveal it.
Inside the cabinets, wallpaper the back walls to match the inside of the ironing board box. It will help to bring uniformity to the room.
Use trays inside the cabinet to help you corral small items that tend to get lost in the cabinets.
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Wall-Hung Drying Racks That Fold Out
You can get a drying rack unit that attaches directly to the wall just like this one. When you need it, the racks folds out at a thirty degree angle to save lots of floor space.
You can also build shelving with rods underneath it for drying clothes on. You can easily fit two shelves on the wall, stacked one on top of the other, that will allow you enough space to hang clothes from rods mounted into the support brackets.
For more interior decorating ideas you can visit Scott Jenkins website. He has many article that will give you some inspiration around the home like using peel and stick carpet tiles and faux tin ceiling tiles.
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