The laundry area is often one of the most overlooked places in the house. While it is an integral part of your home, planning design and structure somehow gets left behind.
Unfortunately, having a place to wash, dry, and fold clothes is not enough. Your area also needs to be well planned so you can maximize the space and be more productive when it comes to doing chores. After all, more than the aesthetics, a well-designed laundry exists for its function.
So, how do you plan a laundry with both purpose and style?
Consider Your Appliances
Laundry areas are often built around appliances such as your washer and dryer. After all, these are some of the most important parts of the laundry.
So, before you plan out your room, consider the appliances you’ll be using. Check the measurements of each machine and associate them with the height and capabilities of your family members.
For those who use this room often, it is essential that the space works to their advantage, especially where body mechanics is concerned. You don’t want to have to stand on tiptoes to reach some detergent. Or crouch uncomfortably to get some supplies under the sink.
When you have these factors figured out, work around them in planning the room design. Find the perfect spot for each appliance and position them in a way that works best for everyone in your family.
If there’s one thing you need to think about first when planning your laundry, it’s everyone’s safety. This is particularly true if you have little kids around the house. No matter how careful you are, kids will find ways to get into the place and play where they’re not supposed to.
So, be sure to keep soaps and other cleaning products out of their reach. Find a place higher up where you can store harmful chemicals and keep them secure. Also, organize the cords and wires of appliances used, so no one trips over them or gets electrocuted accidentally.
Your laundry is not complete without a folding area. Sure, you can always fold clothes on a table, on the couch, or even on the countertop. But it can be messy, and you might end up leaving the folding to another day. A pile of clean clothes waiting for your attention is something you don’t want to face every time you enter the room.
Thus, it is crucial to have an area dedicated to folding clothes. A wide table near the dryer is where you want it. With ample space, you won’t have trouble folding even bed sheets and blankets.
The Need for More Storage
These areas need enough storage for cleaning products such as detergents, fabric conditioners, and more. But more than having shelves and drawers, it is essential that you have well-designed storage that is strategically placed and secure.
Overhead shelves are practical and space-saving. You can also use the area under the sink for storage baskets and bins. Cabinets are a great idea, too, if space allows. This can be used to store clean but unfolded clothes.
Isn’t it better to work in a room that’s organized and beautifully planned? This is what a well-designed laundry room brings into your home. Not only are you making use of your room well, but you also feel happier and work faster, which helps you become more productive.
So, keep the tips above in mind and build a laundry place that’s the envy of the neighbourhood. Then, you’ll find yourself looking forward to washing clothes every day.