If you’ve ever had to spend any time in a Laundromat or go down to the creepy basement to wash clothes, you will understand why some folks will go the distance to make their laundry room one of the coolest spaces in the home. Today, these rooms are getting the same high-end makeovers that other parts of the home get, such as tile, granite and beautiful flooring. And you won’t get any argument from me. I mean if you have to defeat the laundry monster, you might as well do it in a space that makes it more enjoyable.
Moreover, folding and ironing have got to be two of the top 10 most boring things to do (for some of us they rank in the top 5). Laundry rooms that have folding stations, cabinets, ironing boards and hidden storage to contain the mess energize us enough to fulfill these pretty mundane tasks.
The Ideal Laundry Room
The ideal laundry room is just as individual a choice as any other space in the home. If you have pre-teens that are already doing their own laundry, it might make more sense for your family to keep your laundry machines side by side instead of stacked. In addition, if you like to fold your clothes in the laundry room, placing the machines side by side allows you to put a counter top above them. If you have a bad back, you may want to add pedestals to your washer and dryer so that you do not have to bend down as much. If you love to spend time outdoors, you may benefit from a window in your laundry room.
Laundry Room Considerations
As an interior designer, I would be remiss not mention that although the world is your oyster when it comes to laundry rooms, there are some options that more practical than others. Farmhouse sinks are very popular now, but they are expensive and depending on the material, they can scratch easily. Second floor laundry rooms are great for convenience, but a leak would be harder to contain on that level than on the ground level. Wood floors are stunning, but if you have a water overflow in that space, wood floors won’t hold up well.
Laundry isn’t going away so we making this room into the best it can be might make it feel like less drudgery. Once we’ve done the laundry, folded it, put it away or ironed it, we can go on about the business of enjoying the other more fun spaces in our home.