Doing laundry is not our most favourite household chore to do, but you can make the task easier when your space is ergonomic and well-designed. Here in Superdraft, we can help you plan your own laundry renovation. Here are the things you need to consider:
Design according to your lifestyle
When designing our clients’ laundry room, we always take their lifestyle into consideration. We want to build inclusions and make room for appliances they need right now.
For instance ⸺ a large family will find a laundry room with a spacious benchtop and a drying cupboard very useful. Make room for a heavy-duty washer and dryer. Take note of the measurements of these appliances and include them in the plan before finalising your laundry design. The laundry is a very small space and every millimetre is important.
Build smart and clever storage
Every laundry requires adequate storage so you have room to hide your detergents, fabric conditioners, dryer sheets, stain & odour removers, cleaning supplies, ironing essentials, sewing kits, etc.
It is highly recommended to build a custom-cabinetry with a mix of open shelves, cupboards, and drawers of different sizes. (i.e. Tall and narrow cabinets are perfect for storing the iron board, mops, and brooms. Overhead cupboards are for storing chemicals and products that are harmful to children and pets. Drawers, on the other hand, are 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.
Provide a spacious benchtop
The benchtop is a key element of a functional laundry. Place it over your stowaway laundry bins or over your front-loading washer and dryer for easier sorting and folding of clothes.
We personally recommend using benchtops made from laminate, lacquered wood, and engineered stone. These benchtop materials are impervious to moisture and can last for decades.
Design-wise, choose a benchtop that stands out against the cabinets and the walls of the laundry. For instance, a dark-coloured benchtop automatically adds interest to a white laundry area.
Lastly, keep your benchtop free of clutter. Store dirty clothes in their designated bins, fold the clean clothes and store them on open shelves, and hide everything else neatly insider drawers and cupboards.
Opt for deep, stainless steel sinks
Installing the right 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, handwash 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.
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.
Similar to your bathroom and kitchen, your laundry is also a damp/wet area and requires exhaust fans. Install these exhaust fans to avoid water damage in your laundry and to keep your clothes from smelling musty.
If you’re ready to renovate or build a laundry room, book a FREE in-home consultation with one of our designers today.