When designing a laundry room for your washer dryer, consider practical aspects such as available space, storage, and what needs must be accommodated in the space. Some people are working with a small room that has just enough space for their washer, dryer, and a few laundry supplies. Others are designing a combo laundry and mudroom where they can also keep pet and cleaning supplies.
First, make sure the room you’re designing as a laundry room has the necessary electrical, plumping, and venting to accommodate your washer and dryer. That will tell you where your appliances must be placed in the room. Then measure the room’s dimensions and determine exactly what purposes you want the room to serve before beginning your design.
Basic Appliances and Supplies
In general, an efficient laundry room consists of appliances, open counter space for folding, baskets for sorting, a hanging area, room for an ironing board, a trash area, and cabinets to store laundry supplies. If additional space is available, you can add a litter/kennel area for pets, tall storage cabinets for mops, brooms, vacuums, and other cleaning supplies, and a stand-alone mop sink.
For smaller spaces such as closet-sized rooms, consider a stackable washer dryer unit, which also saves money on energy and water. Another option is the compact washer/dryer, which uses a single tub for both washing and drying. These units don’t require venting, which allows you to use any space with plumping as a laundry room.
Surface and Storage Space
Counter space for sorting and folding is valuable real estate in a laundry room. Installing custom counters with storage cabinets above and below is the most desirable option, but also the most expensive and space consuming.
A less expensive option is to use a table with room underneath for baskets and a trash can. Over the table, install a shelf or cabinet for laundry detergent, stain remover, bleach and other supplies. On the inside of the door, insert a hanging rack that slides over the top of the door. Also, keep a small basket or container on top of your folding table for loose change, buttons and other items that come out of pockets.
If you have front loading appliances, you can build a surface over the top, which provides a finished look and a generous folding area.
Rolling Laundry Carts
Another space-efficient option is to buy a combination laundry sorter/ironing/folding cart on wheels. These carts have two or three hanging bags for laundry and a padded, fire resistant and hinged table area for ironing or folding. You can also get a rolling garment rack for a hanging area. These portable units are often have a narrow profile designed to slip between the appliances and the wall.
Other Space Saving Conveniences
A counter with cabinet area underneath is great for laundry sorting. Simply take the doors off of the cabinets and put baskets on the shelves to keep them off the floor and give you more space. There are also hanging laundry sorters that only take about 24 inches of wall space. Add a closet hanging bar for a hanging area, an over-door ironing board or one that folds up into the wall. Installing a broom and mop holder on the wall will compensate for the lack of a broom closet as will a stand-alone cabinet that is at least 16 inches wide by 5 feet tall.