No one wants to spend time in a laundry room, especially in a cramped, dark, musty one. It doesn’t have to be that way. Find out how a few upgrades and a fresh coat of paint can turn your laundry room into a functional, practical, and inviting room.
Laundry Sink Options
One of the best ways to increase functionality in your laundry room is to install a laundry sink. If you already have one, it may be time for an update.
With trendy, new designs on the market, don’t worry that the sink will have that industrial, stainless steel look. Choose your material, such as acrylic, currently the most popular, porcelain, ceramic, or enameled cast iron, the priciest and most durable. Acrylic sinks come in colors ranging from shades of blue, green, and rose colors, to a more neutral color pallet of black, white, and gray. Choose a color to match your style, or to match the sinks in your bathrooms or kitchen.
Select the size and type of mount for your sink. You can choose from wall-mount, floor mount, or drop-in. The drop-in designs are positioned in a countertop or sink-base cabinets, whereas the wall and floor mount options are less restrictive and attach to a wall leaving open space around and below the sink. Look at available vanity styles for ideas for your laundry room sink.
Child Safe, Easy-Access Storage
Laundry rooms often double as utility rooms, which means you need multi-functional storage space. With the number of options on the market today, you can have style along with plenty of storage.
Combine open cabinets for easy laundry basket stowage with closed cabinets for concealing laundry detergent and cleaners. Keep your laundry detergent and chemicals out of reach of children and pets, yet, with easy access to the washer and dryer with above washer cabinets or shelves. Cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, and with custom options, so chances are you can find a design you like and fits perfectly in your laundry space.
Other decorative storage options to consider include vintage jars, cloth bins, and baskets to hold laundry needs or pet food and supplies. Mix and match colors, styles, and designs for an eclectic assortment of containers.
Clothes Folding/Hanging Area
Increase your efficiency, limit the number of times you have to bend over, and keep your clothes wrinkle-free by pulling them out of the dryer and folding them where you stand.
Build and install a countertop over your front-loading washer and dryer, or expand the surface area by including the surface in your beside-washer cabinets or shelves. Choices of surfaces include laminate, ceramic and wood, with color options to fit your taste.
For more folding and hanging options, attach a wall-mounted workbench/table that you extend only when needed. Better Homes & Gardens suggests utilizing your space efficiently by considering a pull-down drying rack and ironing board and using hooks on unused wall space. There are countless items available today that offer collapsible or retractable hanging rods, or if you want something more permanently accessible, install wall-mounted poles or include rods in your cabinet design.
Paint and Appliques or Decals
Brilliant white walls and cabinets are the go-to standard for a clean, crisp look and for brightening up a laundry room. Lighter, cool-toned colors will give the effect of a larger room. Feel free to go bold, if that is your style. Find a color or design that you like and paint your walls, cabinets and shelves in hues that work with your sink, floor tiles and appliances.
Another way to liven up your laundry room is with decals placed on cabinet doors or walls. Etsy has a wide variety of whimsical and fun sayings that will bring a smile to your face each time you walk into the room.
An Inviting Laundry Room
A laundry makeover will help declutter and destress your laundry chores, and will turn what used to be the most dreaded place in your house into an inviting workspace.
Reach out to us today with any questions you have before you start your laundry room makeover. If you are designing a new laundry room completely from scratch, our designers can help you decide how much space to dedicate to your laundry room, and where in your house is the best location.