Few people prefer to do laundry, and an space could make it even worse. These are not rooms we prioritize spending time in and cash on, but making layout choices which emphasize comfort and practicality can create laundry less of a chore. Rather than shoving your washer and dryer into the cellar, try following some of these tips to lay out a fantasy laundry room you will really enjoy spending time in. Helpful improvements — drying cupboards, elevated appliances, great lighting — will boost your laundry room’s design and function, also.
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The 3 Laundry Zones
There are three distinct zones in every thriving laundry room. The dimensions of each zone will probably be different based on the laundry room dimensions, but having all three will earn a laundry room more effective.
First there is the preparation zone. This areashould have space for baskets of dirty clothing, overhead cupboards and a sink that will help you get your laundry prepared for washing.
Tip: A deep spout can help when you are soaking woolen things and delicates. A tabbed tap, such as the one in this photo, can also create watering plants a cinch.
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The wash and dry zone must include your washer and dryer, and shelving or alternative storage to your cleaning products.
Tip: if you’re designing a galley laundry, make sure you have at least 36 inches in the front of the washing machine (front-loading washers need less) and 42 inches before a dryer, so that you can access your appliances without repainting cabinets.
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Create a folding zone with a basket for wash clothing, a counter top for folding and hanging rods for anything that needs to air dry.
Tip: If you are renovating your laundry, ask your cabinetmaker to install pullout baskets inside cupboards for your own dirty and clean laundry.
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Useful Laundry Room Additions
Drying cupboards use high airflow and low heat to dry just about anything. These components come with adjustable pullout racks — several have up to 52 square feet of hanging space. They are great for cold climates and apartment dwelling, or for anytime air drying large amounts of clothing or heavy duty items is difficult.
Tip: Some drying cupboards are far better than other people, so do your homework. You’ll also need adequate ducting or a very well-ventilated area for a drying cupboard to function correctly.
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Drying racks tend to be less expensive than drying cupboards. Installing drying rods above your sink or counter and leaving enough room in the back for hangers can help double up on available room, also.
Tip: If you would rather not cramp your walls, look at utilizing your ceiling to hold a drying rack. A pulley system can keep it neatly out of sight if it is not being used.
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Raised appliances are great ergonomic choices and will help free up storage area. Certain front-loading versions come with an optional drawer beneath. If you do not have a lot of space for baskets, you can use one drawer for wash clothing and one for dirty items.
Tip: If your laundry is close bedrooms or living areas, choose appliances with extra insulation and superior suspension to keep the noise down. Dryers without a decibel rating and washing machines with a high-speed spin cycle of more than 1,000 revolutions per minute will probably be noisy.
Wide lighting can allow you to see and fight stains better. Use a mixture of task lighting installed below your cabinetry and ambient ceiling lighting.
Tip: Install double wall sockets over countertops for apparent task lighting. My rule of thumb is to install one fixture every 6 feet.
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Laundry flooring requires just as much attention during the design procedure. With this much water in the room and a probability of leaks and flood, you ought to apply a waterproofing membrane before you lay down your flooring. Nonslip tiles are the most practical in high-moisture zones, since hardwood flooring may swell over time. Tiles are also a way of bringing a design feature into a laundry that is bland.
Tip: To prevent flood ask your plumber to install a washing machine valve shutoff kit. These kits include a sensor which can find any puddles and immediately shut off the valve.