Some of us homeowners are lucky to have space on our 1st floor to have a designated laundry room. Even if your laundry room is in your dungeon (Oh, I mean basement) you can incorporate these thoughts into your design, for a better use of space.
And…let’s be honest, creating a space that is this inviting to do laundry, or hang your coat in, isn’t such a bad idea! I think it almost begs to be worked in.
With limited spaces in the common home, it’s so important to assign two roles to every space.
In this particular room, the laundry room doubles as a mud room (appropriately named “Mud Suite” as I like to call it). If you have the space in your home to create a wall for a place to sit, put on your shoes, set down your keys and bag….do so! It is such a great use of space that, everyday, you will thank yourself for having it in your home.
In this laundry room/mud suite, the cabinetry neatly matches each other making the room look well thought out, and expensive…however, it wasn’t! The slate floors offer a non slip natural material that is also very inexpensive (typically less than $1 per 12″ x12″ tile) but gorgeous. Having the bead board installed along the back wall area, ties in the whole room as looking neat and finished, with not a lot of work to install. Adding hooks for coats, nods to what this dual function room is for.
Another great idea is stacking your washer and dryer units (**note, they MUST be front loading) for a more user friendly area.
You can also use the cabinetry in ways, like shown here, to create a ‘built-in’ look. This example was done by taking tall end panels and flanking it one either sides of units, and having cabinetry above and beside.
The sink in a laundry room doesn’t have to be a stained plastic tub, either. Many durable utility sinks can be undermounted in a granite counter top and be just as user friendly. This sink would double as a beautiful butler’s pantry too, while entertaining. Just fill it up with ice, place a couple of your favorite bottles of wine and it’s totally transformed.
Take a look around your house to see where you can incorporate some of these design tips. Do you currently have a laundry that you would be proud to show off? Do you have a Mud Suite yet in your home?