The kitchen may well be the heart of the home, but the laundry room is the engine that holds it all together. With copious amounts of washing to be cleaned, muddy boots continuously traipsed through the back door and a backlog of household chores to complete, the laundry room needs to be as functional as possible.
When thinking about the design of a laundry room, the most important thing to remember is versatility and practicality. A vast amount of domestic jobs will be sorted here, so the features need to be hardy and able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Square footage shouldn’t be an issue, there are lots of clever tricks to fit in storage space and appliances.
A Worktop Area
Worktop space is an essential part of any laundry room, whether it’s placed on top of washing machine appliances or stretched from one corner of the room to the other, having an area to sort dirty clothes and fold freshly cleaned towels.
The price of worktop materials varies massively, so it’s really dependent on your budget and how much you want to spend. Granite can be expensive but will probably last the longest. Wooden worktops can be a wonderful design feature and will give a real rustic feel to the room however, they will need to be maintained and oiled regularly to avoid permanent water damage. Laminate worktops are the most affordable and can be easily installed. They’re also waterproof which is ideal for the laundry room where lots of washing is going to occur.
Finding the right place for your appliances will ensure the room functions properly. Whether you want to hide them from sight in a cupboard or fit them under a worktop, check there is enough room for the doors to open wide and you can reach the controls without hassle. Also, check there is space to maintain and repair the appliances should they require it.
Enlisting the help of a professional appliance installation team will ensure that your key appliances are fitted to your drainage systems correctly and connected to the appropriate electrical outlets. Trying to do it yourself could result in the appliances getting damaged, which can be both costly and time-consuming to fix.
Cupboards and Shelving
It goes without saying that cupboards and shelving would be a great addition to any laundry. Providing storage for household cleaning products, appliances and more, cupboards will keep the laundry room organised and make it easy to hide dirty washing away if you suddenly have unexpected visitors in the house.
Shelving can be used to store surplus bed sheets and towels. Small wicker baskets for clothes pegs can be placed here too. As you’ll be spending a bit of time in this room it might be worth adding a little interior decor onto your shelves to brighten the room up. A whimsical laundry room sign will look good and some houseplants thrive in a hot, humid environment. Scatter objects along the shelves to make the room feel less clinical and more homely.
The laundry room will no doubt be the place where the family offloads soggy trainers, muddy boots and football gear so it’s great to provide a space to store them properly. Storage benches are versatile piece of furniture and will keep the room spotless and clutter-free.
If you have room for more than one at home, use them to store seasonal coats and clothing that does not need to be used all year round. The styles of these benches can vary from classic wooden to stainless steel lockers. Upholstered versions are also available but would be impractical for outdoor footwear.
Keep coat racks away from the entrance of your house and add plenty of hooks in the laundry room instead. That way your entrance hall can be clutter-free for arriving guests and coats can be easily accessible for heading out into the blustery weather through the back door.
Opt for sturdy old Victorian style hooks made out of iron; they’ll last a lifetime as long as they are secured properly to the wall. You’d be surprised how much weight they can actually carry, and you’ll need it if your family is constantly accumulating more belongings.
Bear the above ideas in mind when bringing your designs together, no matter how big or small the space may be, there’s always a way to make it function for your family. Laundry days will become a walk in the park, and it might even become a safe haven away from the children for a few hours.