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Top tips for creating a laundry that you’ll love using

From layout and appliances to storage and finishes, here’s everything you need to know to about creating your dream laundry

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Top tips for creating a laundry that you’ll love using

Often the forgotten yet hardest working room, laundries don’t get the attention they deserve. Transform your laundry into a domestic haven with these practical and stylish tips on layout, storage, ventilation and finishes.

Layout and appliances

  • Be smart with the space. Hang your dryer on the wall to save precious floor space or better yet, opt for a 2-in-1 washer/dryer.
  • Don’t underestimate bench space in a laundry. It may seem like a luxury, but having a place to sort and fold means you won’t ever have to bring the washing inside.
  • When it comes to choosing a washing machine consider the size a space of your laundry. A front loader will require room to open the door, however, top loaders can be restrictive if you want to install a dryer above – choose wisely!

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Storage

  • Install cupboards or shelving up high to store things like cleaning products and vases away from sight (and small hands)
  • Design a laundry with space for storage baskets – which are as stylish as they are practical – perfect for hiding products (or odd socks) from sight.
  • Don’t forget the walls! Install hooks for coats, mops and backpacks to keep these items from cluttering the floor space.
  • To maximise storage, make use of every space. Install a flip-down ironing board on the back of the door, wall shelving and hanging racks, which can be pulled out as easily as they can be put away.

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Ventilation

  • Good ventilation is essential to preventing mould and moisture build up as well as ensuring that the dryer doesn’t steam up the whole room! If the space doesn’t allow for windows install an exhaust fan.
  • Alternatively, house the laundry in a covered outdoor area, such as the carport concealed behind doors. This allows for direct ventilation and access to an outside clothesline.

TIP: Rail or wire mesh shelving (as opposed to solid wood shelving) allows for better air circulation from underneath.

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Finishes 

  • A laundry is a wet area so treat it the way you would a bathroom, using waterproof flooring and finishes.
  • Not only will using the same tiles in your laundry as you did in your bathroom give your laundry a luxe feel and create a cohesive look – it may also save you money!
  • A tiled splashback will add a sophisticated touch which can be personalised with your choice of tile.
  • Consider splashing out on trendy tapware. It’s an easy way to really up the style stakes.

Words by: Olivia Clarke. Photography by: Brett Stevens, Armelle Habib / bauersyndication.com.au.

This article was originally published on Homes to Love Australia

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