What makes the perfect laundry room? A washer and dryer are obvious, but beyond those functional appliances, there are design elements and practical solutions that make the daily necessity of washing clothes less of a chore. We all have laundry to do, but if you take the time to plan out your space and include the extra essentials, the space can be a pleasant place to get the job done.
Storage. Detergent, fabric softener, bleach, stain removers, and those single socks seeking a mate. You’ve got to have a place for them, so a few cabinets or shelves are absolutely key. Supplementing with baskets and bins or clear containers to hold smaller items keeps the space organized.
A Folding Surface. In my own laundry room, I have a plain white laminate countertop where I do all the folding – just that 2 x 4’ amount of space makes all the difference in the world. It’s not just a few beach towels that hang out there on a daily basis, in our busy home there are many piles of clothing being folded and sorted and sent to their destination. Check out Wilsonart’s many laminate solutions for creating a laundry room folding surface in your home.
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Drying Solution for Delicates. I built a drying rack for this very purpose several years ago and it is still one of my favorite and most useful projects to date. If you’re not up for the DIY versions, there are several you can buy or a simple rod and hangers can accomplish the same task.
A Sink. Space and budget permitting, a sink is more of a luxury, but one I plan to incorporate into any future home build. A basin with faucet that’s ready to to rinse muddy or stained clothing is definitely a plus in any active household.
What features do you consider essential in a laundry room? Have you included any little extras that make your laundry responsibilities any easier?
* This post is sponsored by Wilsonart, all opinions are my own.
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