How to Design Your Laundry Room

Posted on Feb 17 2014 - 8:08pm by Emily Emmer

iStock_000026319030SmallSetting up your laundry room right can be the key to making an onerous chore into a (somewhat-) pleasant task. It’s essential to keep things organized, and that’s easiest to do when you have a strategic set-up.

Building in your laundering infrastructure is the best to use your space efficiently. Keep containers, cabinets, and counter-tops all within arm’s reach. Some ideas on this front include an open-basket cabinet, a slide-out or fold-down ironing board, cabinets with flip-up doors, and cabinets designed to fit atop the washer and dryer. These can be custom-made for a price or bought as pieces to install or set up yourself.

Adding a counter-top above your washer and dryer (assuming your washer is front-loading) can add a whole lot of usable space to the laundry equation. It can be a perfect place to fold the clean clothes and a good spot to store those things you need close at hand, like laundry soap and dryer sheets.

Wall-mounted wire baskets can hold soaps, sewing kits, and other fabric-care essentials. Stand-alone wire shelving units are an easy and cheap way to set up space for all the laundering essentials, as well as some overflow from the linen cabinet. Include a bar on which to hang wet shirts that can’t go in the dryer.

You’ll also want to make sure you have efficient laundry sorting and carrying methods. There are all manner of hampers to help you sort dirty clothes and a whole range of baskets and bags to cart the goods back and forth. A smart and classy solution is a pair of canvas bags, one for dirty laundry and one for dry cleaning, which combine collection and transport.

A solution for small spaces is the all-in-one laundry cart, which provides storage for supplies, a hanging bar for wet things, and an ironing surface, all on wheels. You can park this in a tiny laundry space when it’s not needed, and wheel it out into the hallway or another area adjacent to the machines when it’s time to clean.

The smell and feel of fresh, clean laundry is one of the life’s true pleasures. Give yourself an organized space in which to work this minor daily miracle and you might just end up looking forward to the next load.