Entry #24, February 18, 2010
In most houses, the laundry room is the most forgotten room. It’s usually considered the utilitarian “just to clean clothes room”, and it’s neglected all the time. It also serves other activities then just housing the washer and dryer. It’s the mud room for shoes and coats, it holds the cleaning supplies, and serves as a drop off point for bringing groceries and other stuff from other rooms.
Let’s show you how to add more function to this forgotten room, that’s over utilized!
SMALL: If you are working with a smaller laundry room, consider what functions you would like it to serve.
Consider using a stack-able washer/dryer combination to save floor space.
Consider built in’s like: Ironing boards, shelving, and cabinets to hide unsightly cleaning products, and serve as storage. See the picture to the left on how Remodilista used shelving to serve for aesthetics and function.
USES: Use small plastic organizing bins to hold items lost in the washer/dryer – buttons, keys, safety pins. Want to have a place to fold your clothes, but don’t have space? Consider buying front loading side-by-side washer and dryers, and have a counter top installed over them. This allows for 3 functions in one area: cleaning, folding, and space for dropping off things on the way to and from the laundry room.
LARGE: If you’re fortunate to have a large laundry room, remember too much space can be inefficient and waste your time getting around it! Instead of trying to fill every corner, think of stations for the room. A washer/dryer station,
folding station, ironing, etc.. If you have room for hanging coats, and collecting boots and shoes, consider a bench or seating area. A mud room and laundry room are great to house in one room.
Need room to spread out while you wait for the laundry? Consider a home office to do the bills, and grocery list in this space. A work surface, storage and good lighting in the corner of the laundry room, will serve as a great place to jot down ideas and errands. HGTV has a office in which a viewer put into a small laundry room. Remember, depending on your family and your living space, you can create a great laundry room. Don’t want to spend much money? Buy a fun color paint, install great task lighting, and see how your mood to do the laundry, just got better!! (Need some ideas? IKEA is a great place to start.)For more laundry room ideas on Stagetecture, click here.