Make the laundry work a little bit harder with ingenious ideas for storage, layout, sorting and storing
Top tips for a hard-working laundry
- Wherever you have your washing machine and dryer, make sure there is good ventilation and that the dryer doesn’t steam up the whole room. Also take care with the acoustics – install noise-control walls where possible to muffle the washing machine on spin cycle.
- A laundry is a wet area so you need to treat it that way, with surfaces and flooring that is splash and mould resistant.
- If you have a stand-alone laundry or it’s in your garage, be smart with the space. Hang your dryer on the wall. Have a sorting space if you have the luxury so that you don’t have to fold washing inside.
- Give yourself some cupboards or shelving to store things like cleaning products and vases away from small hands. Rail shelving (as opposed to solid wood shelving) allows air to circulate from underneath so your sheets and duvets won’t get so musty.
Laundry renovation checklist:
✔ Space planning
✔ Shelving and storage
1. House the laundry in a covered outdoor area, closed off with a sliding door. This allows for direct ventilation and access to an outside clothesline.
2. Position the laundry in a room that has a window – ventilation is a key factor in laundry design.
3. An oversized butler’s sink is ideal for soaking and handwashing clothes and a tiled splashback is perfect for wet areas.
4. Design a laundry with cubbyholes for baskets – ideal for organising clothes.
5. Make open shelving work harder with labelled baskets for delicates, whites, sportsgear, etc
6. Add adjustable clothing racks for easy drying and individual laundry bins for separating clothes in an instant.
7. This laundry has a retractable surface, for easy folding. How genius!
8. A bright sliding laundry door will make you smile every time you enter.
9. This laundry alcove not only has double doors to close it off from the rest of the house, but also a handy clothing rack for hanging delicates to dry.
10. Keep an ironing board handy – either a model like above that folds down from the wall or a wall-hung one to save on space.
11. Lots of cupboards ensure space for everything, especially since laundries often double as utility rooms.