by Roelf Nel

If you have a dedicated room available or you plan on adding on a laundry room, here are some steps to help you with the design of this space.

  • Consider the layout and allocation of this space.
  • Keep the room size or space in proportion to the rest of the home.
  • You want a space where it is easy to get laundry into and out of the washing machine and tumble dryer, and have easy access to a drying area.
  • Ideally the space should be away from areas where the noise will be bothersome.
  • Having a laundry area in the entrance hall or a passage is not very practical.
  • When you layout the laundry room, consider all the activities to create an efficient layout allowing for an area to sort out the laundry and storage. This will guide you on where to place your appliances.
  • If you are replacing your old appliances, then should you go with a top loader or front loader? The front loader allows for stacking if space is limited, in addition the top surface can be used as a work surface.
  • It is also important to remember that appliances are not all the same size. Design your space so that when you need to replace your appliance, it will still fit in the space allocated.
  • You can also consider building cabinets to fit your washer and dryer with tops to allow for surfaces to sort out washing and storage.
  • Arrange the plumbing so that there is access to cold and/or hot water, and a water outlet. For the tumble dry there needs to be sufficient space for air extraction.
  • Having a sink in the laundry room helps if you have the space for this. The sink is perfect for those heavily soiled items that need soaking, or a place to pot your plants.  Consider if you need a deep sink for filling up buckets?  Is your laundry room close enough to another sink in the kitchen or bathroom? Could these sinks work instead, then you could have more room for shelving.

Be creative and not only plan an efficient space, but a happy space for this daily chore.

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How to design the Laundry room