Laundry room remodeling may not be the most glamorous or exciting facet of home remodeling, but it’s important to recognize what will make your laundry room a more effective space. If you plan the layout of your laundry room and its features properly, it can save a lot of time and hassle moving forward. After all, you should never be concerned about the effective purpose of any room in your home.
Remodeling a laundry room should warrant consideration of key elements. That’s why we’ve created a list of 10 essential features to consider when remodeling a laundry room. Let’s get started!
1. Efficient Washer & Dryer
Selecting the right washer and dryer combination can save homeowners a lot of time and money. Start by considering how much space is available for your washer and dryer, and whether or not you have room to place them side by side or if you will need to stack them. Be sure to always do your homework before purchasing a washer and dryer, and always account for the space available for the two. Also, consider the design of your washer and dryer, and how harmoniously that design will suit the design of your laundry room.
2. Bench Space
No one wants to deal with the inconvenience of not having enough space to lay out and fold laundry. To be able to fold and sort laundry without being confined to one particular area is priceless. Consider a galley style laundry room where you have bench space on either side with cupboards both above and below.
A messy room is an eyesore. Storage should be one of your favorite words when it comes to laundry room remodeling, given that so much clutter always ends up in the laundry room which can decrease the effectiveness of the space. Assess what you could need to store in your laundry room and base the layout of bench space and cupboard placement based on the height and width of your items. Always account for more rather than less. You will always need one tall storage area for ironing boards, vacuums, mops, etc. Most importantly, you’ll want to have high cupboards to store products like bleach, detergent, fabric softener, and other materials that you’ll want to keep out of a child’s reach.
4. Hanging Space
You’ll want sufficient room either above your bench/benches or above the washer/dryer to hang clothes to dry while they wait to be ironed. This will save you a considerable amount of time ironing as opposed to keeping dress clothes in a laundry basket for days at a time.
5. Laundry Baskets
Not only will you need to consider the depth of your laundry baskets depending on how much laundry you do regularly, you’ll also want your laundry baskets to match the design of your laundry room.
6. Laundry Room Sink
A laundry room sink with a deep base and pull-out tap can be extremely useful for messes that your pets or child make. Whether your child has made a mess with their arts and crafts or you’d like to dye some t-shirts, a laundry room sink is invaluable!
7. Fresh Air
If you’re remodeling your entire laundry room, be sure that you have access to fresh air to escape the fumes of bleach, detergent, and fabric softener. The laundry room can also generate a lot of moisture which should be released before mold can begin to grow.
Shelving plays another imperative role in storage capacity. You’ll want enough space to store miscellaneous items that you may not have storage for in other parts of your home. Shelving allows for easy accessibility, and is also a good alternative if you don’t have space for wall cupboards.
9. Quality Lighting
You can’t remove stains from clothes if you can’t see them, and you don’t want to feel depressed while doing laundry. Sunlight is a natural contributor to good dopamine levels, and can put you in a great mood as you turn your laundry from dirty to clean!
Eakman Construction is an experienced group of contractors that specialize in laundry room remodels in Washington. Contact us today and let’s transform your laundry room together! Do you have other plans for remodeling? Like your kitchen, living room, or even your entire home? We’ve got you covered! Contact us today!