Few things add to a home's convenience like having a spot to do your own laundry. Not having to lug heavy baskets of clothes, towels and bed linens to the coin laundry is one of the things new homeowners look forward to most. The space where we get our clothing ready to wear comes in many forms and sizes, from a closet-sized spot with just the basics to a bedroom-sized center that includes areas for other activities.
Your space may dictate having your washer and dryer tucked into a hall closet, detergent and other supplies stored on a shelf overhead. Perhaps you're fortunate enough to have a spacious room not only for your appliances but also a sink, a counter or table for folding, built-in shelves for storage and racks to hang clothes that need to air dry.
Your laundry center may even be in your bedroom. Many homeowners like the idea of having their laundry area in their master bedroom suite. Typically the washer and dryer will be in a larger walk-in closet, or adjacent to it in a dressing area. People who have this type of laundry setup say they like the convenience of being able to pull their clothes from the dryer and immediately hang them up or fold them and put them away.
First, consider your laundry needs. Do you have many drip-dry clothes that need a rack? Do you iron regularly, or are you a no-press-fabric type of dresser? Are you looking for more storage? What about a craft or sewing center?
If you have the space or you are adding on, you can design a laundry room that can be as large or elaborate as your budget allows. Today's laundry rooms have sizes that run the gamut, with some as large as a master bedroom. An ironing center is a must-have for many homeowners. Your laundry room can even include a toilet, creating an extra downstairs bathroom for children to use, leaving a more formal powder room clean for guests. You can decorate your laundry room to suit your tastes, choosing furnishings that range from utilitarian to formal, depending on your decorating style and your budget.
You might also consider a laundry chute installed in the second story of your home. Whether or not a laundry chute is appropriate for your project depends largely on your floor plan and logistics of your laundry room.
If you're working with an existing footprint, there are ways to maximize your space and storage within the limits you have, using shelving, baskets, racks, cabinets and drawers. With some planning, you will be able to build a laundry room that meets your needs.
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