The laundry room is one of the hardest working rooms in the home but often gets the least amount of attention when it comes to design and organization. But incorporating good organization and the right tools and features into your laundry room can make the laundry process much easier.
Organize your laundry room into functional zones:
- Storage and sorting for dirty laundry – Cubbies big enough to accommodate laundry baskets are ideal for sorting and storing dirty laundry. Choose open bins or baskets that won’t trap moisture and odors while awaiting the washing machine.
- Storage for clean, dry clothing – Open shelves are perfect for sorting and storing folded clothing, while hanging rods and valet rods allow you to hang clothing straight from the dryer to keep it free of wrinkles.
- Folding and ironing area – A counter is a must for folding clean laundry. Drop-down or slide-out work surfaces give you a flat surface for folding or sorting when you need it and tuck away when you don’t. A counter that goes across the top of the washer and dryer serves as a storage or folding area and prevents small items from slipping between or behind the machines. A regular, full-size ironing board can be folded up and stored in a tall cabinet. Or opt for a fold-down or pull-out ironing board.
- Washing and drying area – A utility sink provides a place where you can soak items and hand wash delicates. Pull-down or fold-down drying racks provide a place to dry delicate items that can’t handle the dryer. Add a pull-out bin under the sink for trash or recycling. Opt for a receptacle with a self-opening lid, which will allow hands-free operation and keep odors contained.
- Storage for cleaning and laundry supplies – Cabinets, open shelves, and drawers all provide storage for everything from laundry detergent and dryer sheets to dust pans and brooms. Wire baskets keep cleaning and laundry supplies organized and provide easy access when needed and keep them tucked neatly out of sight when they’re not needed.
For many, little to no décor consideration is given to the laundry room. Instead, the door is kept firmly closed at all times to keep guests from peering in. But it is possible to have a laundry room that is as attractive as it is functional. This is true whether your laundry room is in a dedicated room or located in the basement, garage, or mudroom. Kansas City CLOSET Company offers custom storage solutions for your laundry room in a variety of durable, beautiful finishes that can stand up to spills, splashes and chemicals. Paint your laundry room in a bright, cheerful color with a semi-gloss paint that is easy to wipe and keep clean. Linoleum and vinyl floors can handle moisture and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Consider adding LED under-cabinet lighting to serve as task lighting. This will come in handy for treating stains.
If you’re ready to design the ultimate laundry room, give Kansas City CLOSET Company a call. We will help you create a laundry room that will leave you looking forward to doing the laundry.