Laundry happens. However, the laundry room can sometimes be overlooked during a home design, leading to a room that’s not quite right for the job. It’s up to you to make sure you can get the job done quickly and comfortably so you can keep enjoying the rest of your day (and your house). Here’s how to design a laundry room:
What to watch out for
You don’t want to lean over too much and strain your back when washing your clothes. You also don’t want to walk right into your brooms and mops every time you enter the laundry. Your laundry should be a clean and organised space where you can quickly finish the job and store cleaning products and equipment.
Let’s take a look at ideal room placement, dimensions, layout, appliance fitting, storage and more design features.
Laundry room placement
Before anything else, you should determine where your laundry room should go in your plans. It’s easy for people building a new home, but can be a challenge for renovators. Either way, you should place the laundry in the most convenient spot near the garage, storage room, kitchen or bathroom. Place it away from the living areas, bedrooms, study or home office. Think about where you don’t want to hear the sound of the washing machine or the dryer while working, resting or entertaining.
It’s preferred to fit your laundry between indoor and outdoor spaces. It can be a part of your mudroom, as pictured in the photo below.
You may also consider incorporating a small laundry within wet areas such as your kitchen, bathroom, or the garage if you’re stuck for space. Here, the designer has stationed a stacked washer and dryer in one corner of the bathroom.
Appliances and fittings
When selecting appliances, choose ergonomic models that fit right with your design.
If available, test machines in the showroom before purchasing and read the reviews very carefully. It can sometimes be hard to reach the bottom of a top load washing machine. Likewise, it can be hard to bend down to access a front load washing machine. Think about the pros and cons and what suits your needs best.
Remember, you can store a front loader under the benchtops, which maximises the bench space in your laundry room. For smaller areas, consider a washer dryer combo.
Laundry troughs with large and side-by-side tubs are ideal for soaking clothes, but smaller ones can be just as effective.
It’s highly recommended to choose laundry appliances before finalising the design and floor plan. These dictate the available storage and bench space.
Room design, layout, and dimensions
When designing your laundry room, it’s important to remember some key measurements:
- The benchtop height is usually 900mm, but can be adjusted to match your height.
- Standard benchtop depth is 600mm, but if you find this limited, you can extend as far as 700mm.
- The splashback height is usually 600mm, but can be customised depending on your needs. If there’s a hanging rail under the cupboards, you’ll need to increase the height.
For the layout, designers highly recommend placing the hampers, trough, and washing machine beside each other.
Laundry room benchtops
Your laundry room requires enough space for doing laundry, folding clothes and ironing clothes. You may not get to use this room every day, but it’s important to have enough room to do your tasks when you need to.
You’ll need functional storage in your laundry. With proper design, you’re sure to have enough space for your appliances, laundry hampers, detergents, ironing boards, cleaning products, brooms, mops, vacuum, buckets, trash bins and baskets for clean clothes.
Your laundry is where you’ll store cleaning tools and products that you use every day. It’s essential to keep the storage systems accessible and organised, and to keep toxic chemicals out of children’s reach.
Use your wall space
It’s smart to use the precious wall space in the laundry. Consider installing floating shelves, wall hooks, a pulldown ironing board or towel rails to make the most of it. These put blank walls to better use.
Nifty pull-out features
A great way to ensure you have enough storage in the laundry is to integrate pull-out features. In this laundry, there’s a pull-out cabinet, laundry hamper and ironing board. These features keep this laundry organised at all times. With pull-out features, every nook and cranny becomes useful.
Add custom features
A designer can help you to incorporate features that suit your specific needs and lifestyle. A custom-designed laundry is creative, functional and flexible.