Whether you're an empty-nester or your kids still live at home, you'll know that Laundry often feels never-ending. It's a task that not many people like doing and a poorly designed laundry space only makes it more of a chore. However, with a few smart design ideas, you can make laundry less of a hustle and maybe even enjoyable. I have listed below 5 design solutions to implement to help get you through all that laundry in record time!
1 | Pull-out laundry hampers
Large laundry hampers that integrate seamlessly into your joinery will allow dirty clothes to be sorted into the right category as they come into the room (as long as everyone plays their part!). This should stop piles of clothes and towels from piling up on the laundry floor and means less time sorting whites from colours when you're rushing to get the washing on!
2 | Drying racks and rails
Drying clothes can take over the whole house, especially if you don't have or like using a dryer and the weather outside isn't on your side. That's why I try to integrate ways of drying clothes within the laundry, like a rail under overhead cupboards for tops and shirts. This is also really handy for things like wet bathers which can be left hanging over the sink. I also like to add a clothes rack somewhere else in the room. This could be a fold up/down rack attached to a wall or if you have enough space, you can create a drying cupboard with doors to hide the mess away (and an exhaust fan inside to remove all that moisture!).
3 | Lift your washing machine
If you're putting on multiple loads of washing every week, your back can start to suffer from the uncomfortable position. Where possible, it's helpful to lift your machine off the floor to a more comfortable height. You can add a drawer below for storage and even a slide out shelf that sits right under the machine to put the clothes basket onto! Keep check with your washing machine supplier to see if your washing machine is suitable first.
4 | Large sink
Where possible, I like to fit a really big sink into every laundry design. A large sink will be helpful not just for soaking things and filling up buckets, but can also be used for things like cleaning large oven trays that may not fit into your kitchen sink or even to wash small dogs - the possibilities are endless!
5 | Bench space
This one might be quite obvious, but if you have a lot of laundry to get through, a large uninterrupted bench will become a life saver. Not only can you use the bench to separate, sort, fold and even iron clothes, but I also like to use small baskets to store things that I need often on the bench to keep them easily accessible and save time looking through cupboards.
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