The laundry room has come into its own as a bright and organized cleanup command center. It is a space you visit at least once a week, but it may not be on the top of your list of home renovations. However, when you spend a lot of time in a room that is important to the household, it’s worth giving this space an update.
Even if you don’t have much square footage, you can still create a high-functioning laundry area with standard appliances and room for things like storage and a utility sink. When updating your laundry space, there are many things to consider; everything from energy-wise machines and quality flooring options to the best layout for the space.
Create a Space That Works for You
Before starting your renovation, it’s important to think about the existing space you have and if you can work within the confines of the current location. Will you need to open up the current space or move the room to a different part of the house altogether. Take time to write up a plan for your renovation so you’re prepared. This is key to having a room you are satisfied with.
As you design your new laundry room, be sure to account for the space needed for the appliances and storage. For many people, a basement is a fine place for the laundry room; however, if you can spare the space on the main level it could be an option as well. Pros and cons of moving the laundry room to the main floor include:
Design Elements to Consider
Design elements that are important to consider for an organized laundry room include the colors you choose for the cabinets and walls, adding open shelving, and the type of flooring you will use. Picking the right materials that express your style is important, but remember that it’s a high-traffic area that will likely endure water, detergent, and bleach spills.
The Flooring Options
There are many options for flooring materials. It’s important to choose a material that is resilient and durable. Look for flooring that’s water-resistant and low-maintenance. For example, Glue-down linoleum, cork, and vinyl floors tend to be moisture resistant with less upkeep than wood and eliminates the worry of ceramic tiles cracking or dealing with dingy grout lines.
There are several options when it comes to storage in the laundry room. There are choices like cabinets, open shelves, and cubbies. Be sure to take measurements of the laundry room to get the proper size storage.
When selecting the actual material for whichever storage option you choose, wood cabinets are often popular, but keep in mind this is a room that experiences humidity. If you decide to use wood cabinets, they will need a good sealing layer or they may warp.
There are other materials to consider that will work better with high humidity, like rubberwood, plywood, or veneer. Rubberwood is one of the cheapest material options and it doesn’t stain easily, Plywood is also a low-cost option with good stability and the veneer is stable and lightweight.
Countertops and Sinks
When it comes to selecting countertop materials, remember that the counters are also likely to come in contact with grease, dirt, and other debris from your clothes as well as spilled laundry detergent. Therefore, it is best to use a durable and non-porous material, like a quartz countertop. This material is very easy to clean and can handle high humidity.
Another option if space allows would be to add a deep sink. It would be great for soaking clothes with stubborn stains, and hand washing your delicates. Stainless steel sinks can be a better choice over a plastic laundry tub as it’s less likely to leave marks and is easier to clean.
For the walls, there are a couple of ideas to consider, ranging from using easy-to-clean semi-gloss paint to beadboard paneling, and glossy ceramic tiles. Smaller rooms should use lighter colors to enhance size, but don’t be afraid to add a splash of color.
Best Washer/Dryer Appliances for Your Space
Last but not least is choosing your appliances. Decide if you are keeping your existing washer and dryer or planning to buy new ones. If you've decided to purchase new appliances, take time to consider if you would prefer a side-by-side or stacked washer and dryer combo. The only difference is a side-by-side appliance combo can take up more space, so if you’re working within a small laundry room, keep that in mind.
Another thing to consider is whether you prefer front-loading machines or top-loaders and which will work better for your space.
Hire an Expert
When you are ready to start your laundry room remodel, hire the experts in home remodeling,
Finnteriors Construction Services. We are a locally owned and operated general contracting business based in the St. Louis area.
For over 20 years, we have provided our customers with exceptional general contracting services available at fair and competitive prices. At our local business, our goal is to bring your design ideas to life with each of our services.
Contact us today to learn how we can assist you during your installation, remodeling, or repair project.