The laundry room isn’t usually the first room that comes to mind when homeowners consider remodeling. Nonetheless, it is an important room that is frequently used and needs to be as functional and user-friendly as possible. We have narrowed down the top 7 basic features that we believe provide the best value and functionality for a laundry room remodel:
1. Storage Space
Closets, cabinets, drawers and shelving make all the difference when it comes to cleaning up and staying organized. It’s better to have too much storage space than not enough!
2. Counter Space
Large counter tops are beneficial when separating laundry, loading and unloading the washer and dryer, and of course, when folding clean clothing and towels. If you have a small laundry room that doesn’t allow large counters, consider installing a fold-up table that can be attached to a wall and folded up when not in use.
3. A Sink
Let’s be honest: no one likes washing laundry by hand. Unfortunately, sometimes it must be done. Having a sink installed in the laundry room allows for a convenient, easy-access way to wash and rinse delicate items without having to sanitize or occupy the kitchen or bathroom sinks.
4. A Hanging / Drying Rack
Having a place for items that need to hang dry is a huge plus in a laundry room (beats hanging dripping clothes off door knobs or kitchen cabinets!). Having one installed directly oven your sink is a smart design choice. A designated space for hanging is also helpful for clothes or items that have just been ironed.
5. A Pull-Out Ironing Board
Speaking of freshly ironed clothes, ironing boards typically take up a lot of space. Even the counter-top or travel-sized ironing boards require a decent sized counter or table top for best use. A pull-out ironing board can be discretely hidden like a drawer, and can be quickly rolled out when needed.
6. Durable Tile Floors
When it comes to flooring, durability is key! You’ll want something that is tough, waterproof, and scratch resistant. Tile is hands down the best option for the job. You might also consider having a floor drain installed, which will make clean up significantly easier if the room ever floods from the washer.
7. Good Lighting
Like any work area, good lighting is important. Sleek can lights can be used in conjunction with under cabinet lighting to create a ‘shadow-less environment.’ A brightly lit laundry room will prevent you from stepping out of the house with a spot on your shirt that you missed while doing laundry!
Together, these 7 features are guaranteed to help create an ideal laundry room! Here are a few other tips to keep in mind when taking on this type of remodel:
• Make sure that the washer and dryer are installed so the doors swing open on opposite sides, and that the door of the dryer doesn’t get in the way as you toss wet clothes from one to the other. This small detail will make a big difference later on!
• Keep in mind that sound may be an issue. Consider installing batt insulation in the walls to reduce noise, or discussing other options with your contractor.
• Having a dehumidifier or an exhaust fan installed may help with keeping the room well ventilated and as dry as possible.
If you’re in the process of remodeling your laundry room, or are interested in getting started, we’d be happy to assist you with these and other features. Our team of designers can also provide you with great layout options and smart designs to optimize the look and functionality of the space. Please contact us for more information!
The Medford Remodeling Team