THE NEW LAUNDRY ROOM

Laundry Room

The laundry room has finally come into its own as a bright and organized cleanup command center, whether in a tidy corner of the basement or a nook next to the kitchen.  For some the basement is just fine, but many homeowners who can spare the space and expense prefer to have the laundry closer to the bedrooms or the kitchen.  You don’t need a huge space.  In fact, some of the most efficient laundry rooms are quite small, with the following four elements arranged in close proximity, not more than a step or two away from one another.  Appliances, supplies, baskets, work surface.

Appliances:

Washing machines can be stacked or put side by side.  It is important to know the correct dimensions of not only the area where the machines will be installed but also doorways and stairwells that they have to pass through to get to the laundry room.  Also consider whether a gas powered or electric dryer would work better for you.

Supplies:

Detergents and other clothing care items need proper storage next to machines.

Baskets:

There should be enough room in front of machines to empty or fill them easily, and a nearby niche to tuck baskets or hampers out of the way but within easy grabbing distance.

Work Surface:

You will need a counter adjacent to machines for sorting, treating and folding.  With front loaders placed side by side, consider a counter on top of the machines to save space.