While most moms spend more time in the laundry room than in the bathroom, An average of eight hours a week, collectively doing some 35 billion loads of laundry a year. And yet, while bath design has evolved into a discipline of its own, and the space into a spa retreat with soothing soaker tubs, the laundry is often a dull, boring place where you only go to throw your dirty socks and t-shirts.
Fortunately nowadays, homeowners are creating laundry rooms that are as integrated as a bath or the kitchen. They even sometimes are within the bath or kitchen.
Due to busier lives and a need to multitask, the laundry has evolved from a first-floor laundry room that serves as a command center—a nook near the family room, where parents can keep an eye on the kids while folding, home office, or hobby area.
And the second floor, stackable, whisper-quiet front-loaders can tuck into a hall closet, just a balled-up-shirt-toss from the bedroom.
The humble laundry... most often home to a washer, dryer, wobbly sink and a couple of cluttered shelves.
Introducing the laundry at its best – practical but pretty.
Pretty organized storage
Arrange products and supplies according to how you use them. Anything you need regularly should be within easy reach, with other extras somewhere out of the way.
- Although a traditional clothes line is easier, Try a clothes rack under laundry shelves as a drying rack. It's neat way to hang sorts while drying. You'd be surprised how many more you could have hanging dry in one go compared to a plain clothesline.
- Store small supplies in boxes or bins. Place stain-removal products in one, rags and sponges in another, and so on.
- If you don’t have a workbench, add a folding table or fix one to the wall.
- Attach an ironing-board hanger to the wall so board and iron are secure and out of the way, but easily accessible.
- Use free space in the laundry room to store basic tools and pet supplies.
- Another good idea is a cupboard that includes a heating duct from your home heating system - it can be used as an efficient way to hang and dry clothes without using high energy appliances like dryers. (the ducted cupboard does need a vent or gap behind the doors at the bottom to allow airflow).
- If you have the space, it’s a good idea to have separate laundry baskets for whites, coloureds and delicates.
A new light fills the space through a glass sliding door and an ample skylight. Cool White lights are ideal for the laundry, as they are a very bright white and ideal for work areas and inspecting clothes.
Tall cupboards either side of the sink are stacked high with shelves for laundry and cleaning items.
Make the most utilitarian room in the house a place that turns everyday routine from a chore into a pleasure. White cupboards look bright and clean, while a neutral wall colour adds to an aesthetically pleasing colour palette. Organisation and effective storage is the key to making the most of the space you have, while practical accessories, such as multi-tidy baskets and a decent iron and ironing board, will make tasks simple and easy to deal with.
Whilst the hustle and bustle of bath and kitchen renovations go on and on, let us not forget our Laundry,
After all, I doubt you'd like to clean in a room that's not as pretty right?