Do you have one of those laundry areas in a dingy, unfinished basement? Or do you perpetually have a big pile of dirty clothes on the laundry room floor, waiting to be sorted and washed?
I believe the state of your laundry room is directly correlated with your feelings towards doing laundry, and that laundry rooms no longer need to be unpleasant places to keep behind closed doors. Whether you are looking to create a place where you will enjoy doing laundry, or just make it bearable, the following pointers will help you to create a beautiful, well-organized space.
The fact that any well-organized laundry room should have a system for sorting is a no-brainer, but you may be pleasantly surprised at the many options available for sorting your soiled garments.
If you prefer open storage, how about shelves with some pretty bins or baskets:
Or the old standby – neat and practical canvas bags:
But if you like to keep things hidden, the good news is that there are now innovative accessories that allow you to incorporate hampers into your cabinetry:
I’m a dryer kind of girl – my preference would be to throw everything in the dryer and not have to worry about hanging anything up to dry. But let’s face it – certain things just shouldn’t be put in the dryer (I learned that the hard way). Having spent years putting up with one of those folding racks taking up space in the middle of my laundry room floor, I am thrilled with some of the options available now that are so much more space-friendly.
These slide-out drying racks are one great alternative:
These fold-out ones are another favourite of mine:
Do you iron and fold your laundry in the laundry room or do you take it to another part of the house? Perhaps you have practiced this style of interior decorating? (I know I have):
When you have one of those dingy basement laundry rooms, you really don’t want to spend any more time there than you absolutely have to. But now that you are going to have a bright new organized laundry room you are going to want to spend more time there. Let’s keep the laundry where it belongs and set yourself up properly with an area for folding and ironing.
If your space is limited, you may need to use the counter over the washer and dryer. Many people find this too high however – ideally you want something about kitchen counter height. While most laundry rooms aren’t large enough, I just love the the folding table in the laundry room:
On the other hand, you may be really tight for space and need to squeeze out extra space wherever you can. How about this slide-out folding area:
Here is one that folds down from a cabinet on the wall:
This one hides away in a drawer:
Or if you really can’t imagine parting with your traditional ironing board, then consider finding it a home where it can be tucked away out-of-sight:
Finally, in order to really enjoy your laundry room and want to spend any time there at all, it needs to be bright and the decor needs to be inviting. I love the clean, white look of this laundry room:
But it’s your space so make sure it reflects your style. If you like darker wood tones, maybe this will catch your eye:
In parting I wanted to share another laundry room that we built for designer Suzette Toews a few years ago, which has some features that I absolutely love. It has a French Country flavour, with little decorative touches like the custom fabric valance over the window, the apron sink, and the decorative toekick on the sink cabinet. It really doesn’t look like a laundry room at all, does it? It’s so inviting.
It has great storage accessories too:
But my favourite part is the built-in washer and dryer! Seriously – how would you even know this is a laundry room?
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– Jolanda Slagmolen-Flores, AKBD
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