Laundry room space in most of our homes is either very well planned, or not well at all. Maybe we shouldn’t say not planned well, I’ll say the space is inadequate. For those of you that have small spaces to work with, let’s look at some ways to utilize every inch! Here are some tips that will make your laundry room a cheerful place to be.
Light: Like any other room in the house, if you can let natural light into the space, it will feel bigger. In laundry rooms there is not an exception to this rule. Better Homes and Gardens has some good examples of how to maximize the feeling of space with windows.
Hide them!: Often times the laundry room has been formed from a large open space. Whether it’s a basement, garage, a curtain is a good way to hide the functions behind it.
Multipurpose Space: If you currently have a hallway or niche that turns into an all-in-one space, consider it for the washer and dryer!
With some imagination and design ideas, curtains, cabinetry, built-ins or furniture can serve as support area for laundry and other chores. Furnishism has a feature article with a multifunction laundry area. Combining laundry, craft, gift wrapping and counter, serves countless functions.
My Home Ideas, shows how a pantry closet was converted into a laundry area. I love the pullout shelf that allows for folding, or an extra work surface while standing at the washer and dryer.
Tip: Before changing a space into a laundry room, ask a professional electrician and plumber if water and electricity can be routed to the new area you want to use. Lastly, dryers need to vent to the outdoors. Remember this, especially in multistory homes and interior spaces.
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