5 must haves for your laundry room
Updated: Oct 26, 2021
Homeowners who decide to remodel their kitchens will often choose to extend the remodeling project into their laundry room as well. Specifically, homes that were built since the 80’s often have the laundry/mudroom off the kitchen, making a laundry room remodel a natural extension. Using the same flooring and cabinetry is often done to create a seamless flow into the laundry or mudroom.
Another important idea to think through is whether you can, or desire to, move your laundry room. We see a trend of moving laundry rooms close to the bedrooms, often using space from a hall closet or part of an existing bathroom. This is a convenient way to make less trips up and down the stairs.
While you may come to us with ideas for your laundry, or a list of items you want to integrate into your space to make it more usable, we’ve put together our top five must haves for laundry room updates to help get the brainstorming process started.
Must have number one: Organization with shelves or cabinets
This may seem obvious, but many laundry rooms have very little shelving or organizational space. There are many options to fix this, but one main decision to make is whether you’d prefer open shelves or cabinets. Cabinets can be used to store laundry baskets or hampers out of sight. They also have a neat, clean, and finished look, but will be more expensive. Shelving, on the other hand, allows for easy access to supplies, provides lots of options for hanging laundry (with wire shelving), and is usually cheaper. A combination of the two is a nice option as well. There are many creative ways to work through a design that can be customized for your specific needs.
Pictured left: open organizational shelves. Pictured right: closed cabinets.
Must have number two: Built in accessories
One way to save space and keep all laundry tasks in the same room is to install an ironing board that folds out from your wall. The design and build can be created in a way that it looks like another cabinet, and pulls down directly into the room. Another built-in option is a drying rack. This is especially useful in a laundry room that only has cabinets, with no other hanging options.
Example of built in drying rack and ironing board.
Must have number three: A countertop across your washer and dryer
This countertop serves two purposes: it prevents clothing from falling behind the appliances (only to be lost forever!), while also giving you a larger workspace. You can wash, dry, and fold all in the same place. If you don’t have this already, you don’t know what you’re missing!
Countertop over the washer/dryer.
Must have number four: New flooring
We’re including this in our list because this is such an easy add on if you are already re-doing your kitchen floors. If your laundry room is by your kitchen, it will allow the flooring to remain consistent throughout. It’s an easy way to spruce up your space! Or check out our blog post on LVT and LVP products. They are a great option in laundry rooms.
Example of an LVT flooring extension into the laundry room.
Must have number five: Utility sink and countertop with a kitchen faucet
Gone are the days of stand-alone utility sink with a small industrial faucet. Utility sinks are great for washing out everything that you don’t want to clean in your kitchen or bathroom sinks. Crafts, DIY projects, painting, and the family pet are much easier to rinse off in a large laundry sink. Because of its larger size, a faucet with a sprayer will help you reach all of the sink (and dog) and makes clean up easier. And we find many homeowners like the benefits of Quartz countertops in the laundry as well.
Example of a utility sink.
Interested in adding a laundry room remodel on to your kitchen renovation? We are also happy to do a stand alone remodel to recreate a space that you love. Click here to set up a free initial consultation.