Everyone has something they would rather be doing than washing and drying load after load of laundry. But laundry doesn’t have to be so bad. This seemingly never-ending chore is often completed in a neglected, cramped room of the house. With the right upgrades, your laundry room can go from blah to beautiful, which goes a long way toward making the time you spend doing laundry much more enjoyable.
From a full-scale remodel to a few quick tricks, these tips for refreshing your laundry room will help you make doing the laundry loads of fun.
1. Identify bottlenecks
Every family is different, so the first step is thinking about how you use your laundry room. Do the clothes pile up without space to sort them? Or do they get washed and sorted only to never make it back to their closets and drawers? Perhaps you need more space for ironing or hand washing and line drying. Be honest about the obstacles, brainstorm ideas and consult a designer or professional organizer if necessary.
2. Think of second uses
Chances are your laundry room is used for a lot more than just laundry. Common second uses are a mud room, linen or cleaning supply storage or a room for your furry friends. Take into account other functions or use your remodel as an opportunity to add one! In this laundry room design, the homeowners took advantage of the generous size of their laundry room to create a dedicated space for their dog with his own bed and dog door.
3. Give your back a break
Newer washers and dryers are predominantly front loading, which can result in needing to bend closer to the ground to load and unload clothing. An alternative to purchasing the manufacturer’s appliance pedestals is to build a platform that coordinates with your cabinetry. The extra space can be used for drawers or as a place to tuck away laundry baskets. In this laundry room, the washer and dryer are lifted by custom cabinetry that ties the laundry room to the craftsman details throughout the home.
Another feature of newer washers and dryers is that they are often stackable. This is a great way to save some space, but if you do not have your washer and dryer stacked now, give it a try for a few weeks before you commit. Petite homeowners might find the height a challenge, so it is worth a trial run.
4. Make a place to hang out
A dedicated space to hang clothes results in fewer wrinkles and increases the chances that clothes will make it back to your closets. This laundry room provides the homeowner with a closet-style hanging rod. However, a room with less space to work with could make do with a folding or retractable valet hook. Several options are available at your local hardware or home organization store, including over-the-door solutions.
5. Add some style
Laundry rooms are not typically high visibility spaces. So when it comes to decorative choices, why not go crazy? Let your personality shine and bring some color, whimsy and pizzazz to what could otherwise be a dull chore. Hang an elegant chandelier, paint a bold wall color or install an interesting backsplash. This laundry room created an untraditional backsplash with circular tiles in fun colors that coordinate with the room’s adjoining bathroom.
6. Light it up
Nothing ruins a morning faster than putting on newly cleaned clothes and seeing a stain in the daylight that wasn’t visible in your poorly lit laundry room. If at all possible, bring in some natural light. If windows or skylights are not an option, ensure your laundry room has enough overhead lighting and perhaps task lighting over sinks and counters.
How would you refresh your laundry room? Share your thoughts in the comments below!