If you often find yourself feeling frustrated because of your cramped and disorganised laundry area, then it’s time for a laundry renovation. With a few simple design changes, you can transform your cluttered laundry room into a functional and ergonomic space.
In this guide, we’ll also give you some helpful tips on how to have a stress-free laundry renovation. By the end, you’ll know exactly what you need to design and build a laundry room you’ll love.
8 tips for a stress-free laundry renovation
To start your project off on the right foot, consider following these expert tips:
1. Plan your laundry renovation with the appliances in mind
The washer and dryer are the stars of your laundry room. Before planning your renovation, it’s best to choose the appliances you want first. Then, make adjustments based on the size, style, and colour of these machines.
Some people stack washers and dryers on top of each other to save space. Aside from that, you can also consider purchasing a modern laundry unit that serves both purposes. This may be a little bit expensive, but it saves a lot more space compared to having two machines.
Once you’ve decided on the appliances, you can start planning your laundry renovation. Measure each side of your washer and dryer then start creating your plans. Be sure to include enough clearance so that you can comfortably load these appliances.
2. Work with the available space
In traditional heritage homes, the laundry room is located in the basement, though newer homes have laundry rooms near the kitchen or near the bedrooms.
If you haven’t decided yet on where to put your laundry room, we suggest putting them near bedrooms so that you don’t have to worry about carrying laundry bins up and down the stairs every time you need to wash clothes.
Meanwhile, if you have an existing laundry area, we suggest you keep the location and redesign it to fit your needs. That’s because moving vent pipes and plumbing can drive up renovation costs.
A reliable building designer or draftsman should work with the space available inside your house. They can suggest a lot of space-saving features especially when they’re redesigning a very small room.
Here’s a compact laundry area inside a small utility room, with the washer and dryer stacked together.
3. Consider ventilation carefully
Similar to your bathroom and kitchen, your laundry is considered a wet area. Install exhaust fans to prevent mould growth, avoid water damage, and keep your clothes from smelling musty.
Aside from the exhaust fan, you may also want to consider adding windows to your laundry area. This will let fresh air in and help dry your clothes.
4. Build storage during laundry renovation
Every laundry requires adequate storage so you have room to hide your detergents, fabric conditioners, dryer sheets, stain and odour removers, cleaning supplies, ironing boards, sewing kits, and more.
It is highly recommended to build custom cabinetry with a mix of open shelves, cupboards, and drawers of different sizes.
- Tall and narrow cabinets are perfect for storing the ironing board. You can also use it for storing mops and brooms.
- Overhead cupboards are for storing chemicals and products that are harmful to children and pets.
- Drawers with varying depths for items you always use.
Wall storage and clever over-door organisers keep some of your laundry and cleaning products within reach.
Baskets, hampers, overhead rails, and drying racks keep your clothes (both clean and dirty) organised.
5. Add simple but ergonomic features
With custom cabinetry, you have an option to install ergonomic inclusions to make your laundry more functional. Some examples are pull-out laundry hampers for dark and white clothes, hanging rails between two overhead cupboards, and a pull-out ironing board.
6. Install a spacious benchtop during laundry renovation
It is highly recommended to use durable benchtops made from laminate, lacquered wood, and engineered stone. These materials are impervious to moisture and can last for decades.
For improved functionality, keep your benchtop clutter-free. Store dirty clothes in their designated bins, fold the clean clothes and store them on open shelves, and hide everything else neatly inside drawers and cupboards.
Design tip: Choose a benchtop colour or material that stands out against the cabinets and the walls of the laundry. It adds an interesting contrast to the laundry room design.
7. Opt for deep, stainless steel sinks
Installing a deep sink makes a world of difference when you start using your laundry room. Deep sinks are more appropriate here because it allows you to soak clothes, hand wash your delicates, and fill up a mop bucket.
It is highly recommended to use a deep sink made from stainless steel because it is durable and can withstand corrosion from laundry chemicals and moisture.
Farmhouse sinks also look good in laundry areas, but these are a little more expensive than stainless steel ones.
Ideally, you should put your sink near the washer. That way, when you’re hand-washing or spot cleaning a certain piece of clothing, you don’t have to carry it across the room for a spin in the washer.
8. Add decorative elements
A laundry room is one of the most utilitarian spaces in one’s home, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve some warmth. You’ll be surprised how small cosmetic changes can make your laundry area more inviting. Here are some ideas you can try:
- Use decorative cabinetry hardware
- Add small houseplants
- Replace your tap and your laundry tub
- Add a stylish rug
- Install brighter lighting
How much does a laundry renovation cost?
In general, you can expect to pay about $2,000 to $25,000*. The bulk of your expenses will go into purchasing high-quality appliances for the laundry room.
To learn exactly how much you need for your laundry renovation, ask us for a free quote. We can also help you find a reliable designer or draftsman to design your dream laundry room.
*The prices mentioned above are only an estimate.
Can a laundry room add value to your home?
There’s a good chance that adding a laundry room will add value to your home. Most people consider a laundry room a must-have, especially if you live out in the suburbs and don’t have a laundromat nearby. A laundry room will make your property quite attractive to renters, as well.
Start your laundry renovation project now
Having a stylish and functional laundry room takes the stress off washing and drying clothes. It also helps ensure that you have enough space to store detergent and fabric softeners while keeping them out of reach of children.
At Superdraft, we can help you find a designer and a builder who can create the laundry room of your dreams. Whether you want a compact laundry area or a spacious utility room, we can help. Sign up for our award-winning platform now!