Laundries are so often a poorly designed space in the home, which is surprising given how much we use them. Doing laundry itself can be pretty bland at the best of times, and often take up a good portion of our weekend slaving away over such a simple task. Well what if you could make your laundry a more functional space, one that you enjoy spending time in and actually speeds up the laundry process giving you back valuable time. Well here at Pocketspace functionality and small spaces are our thing, so keep reading for a basic guide to Laundry design!
First off, have a think about what exactly it is that you would like to get out of your laundry. Do you have pets that you would like to be able to wash and pamper in a large sink? Do you have children that play sport and would like some open shelves to store muddy shoes? Would you like a bench space for folding clothes? Make yourself a list / wish list of all the things you would like to achieve out of your laundry space and keep referring back to this through out your design and build process.
Make a list of what appliances and items will need to be stored in your laundry. Washing machine, dryer, brooms, ironing board, laundry basket etc. This is such a useful way to organise your thoughts, which I find particularly helpful when designing storage space. The key is to have your list and make sure everything has a place so when you get to the end of the process you don't find that there is no space tall enough for an ironing board!
Now for the fun part; layout and design. There are so many wonderful laundry design examples out there it is so easy to get inspiration and ideas about what you could implement and adapt in to your own laundry. Try websites such as Pinterest and Houzz to compile some images that appeal to you. By the time you have saved or printed a few, you will start to notice a common trend of what you seem to be drawn to, so if you are struggling and not sure what design direction to go in, I would highly recommend this method.
By creating a layout that is functional you can reduce the amount of time spent doing laundry chores. Simple things such as adding in a pull out shelf beneath your washing machine so you have a place to put your washing basket and can easily load and unload washing without trying to balance it on your hip. You can also raise your washer and dryer off of floor level which is fantastic for people with back problems as you don't have to bend forward. If you are strapped for space having front loader washer and dryer side by side is the way to go. By going for side by side you can add in a bench top above, ideal for folding clothes. If you have the luxury of the laundry having its own room, max out your space with storage all the way up to the ceiling, there is no point in wasting valuable space! Try a mix of open shelving for displaying towels and greenery, and closed for keeping a clutter free appearance.
If you are renovating an existing laundry, try to keep all your services such as plumbing and electrics in the same position to avoid excess trade bills, however if your laundry has a really impractical layout you may need to bite the bullet and invest in this space. After all, it will make your space much more functional and enjoyable for you to use.
Custom cabinetry can maximise the amount of storage you get because its tailor made for your space. Generally with custom cabinetry you can expect a minimum of 5 weeks production. Going for pre-made cabinetry can be great if you are on a tight budget, but it often means there will be little nooks that could have been better utilised.
If you need any assistance with jazzing up your laundry space or doing a complete re-fit to make a more functional space with maximum storage get in contact with us! We specialise in small space design and making homes that work for you.