The laundry room does not often get the attention it deserves and is usually confined to an old closet or cellar, just because it is the place where you want to spend as little time as possible. For this reason, this environment tends to be always dirty and messy. However, there are many ways to simplify, organize and furnish the laundry room, in order to create an attractive and functional environment to meet the needs of the whole family.
It is very important to think about where to place the laundry already during the restructuring or modification of the layout of the internal walls: in fact, the appropriate drains and connections must be prepared.
Let’s start from the situation in which we have a real room to use as a laundry.
- washing machine
- dryer (not mandatory)
- area to hide containers for washing clothes
The advice I would like to give you for a laundry room of this type are as follows!
Add the shelving
Shelving is an essential component for an organized and space-saving laundry and can be incorporated regardless of its size. Wardrobes and shelves are useful to have directly above the washing machine for storing detergent bottles and clothes to be washed. In addition, the shelves can prove extremely useful even to take advantage of smaller spaces, as they can be installed in unused corners of the room.
Maximize available space
If you feel overwhelmed by chaos and clutter, it will be best to create additional space along the walls and behind the door of the laundry room. Hooks and storage on the door can make you recover more precious space on the walls, keeping the room well organized. If you have enough space but not enough to place an ironing board, consider mounting one on the back of the door or on a wall.
Install good lighting
Quality lighting is a feature that is often overlooked in the laundry room, but in reality it can have a huge impact on the aesthetics and comfort of the room. Lighting is even more important if your laundry is located in the cellar or in a windowless environment and therefore does not enjoy a source of natural light. The ideal would be to install a lamp that projects the light directly on the focal points of the room (washing machine, dryer, sink).
Choose the right floor
In a laundry room, the flooring should be waterproof, low maintenance and easy to clean; therefore, tiles and laminates are a better choice than parquet, as the laundry floor is very likely to get wet and occasionally spill detergent from the washing machine.
Place a drying rack
For small spaces, choose one that can be folded and stored in tight spaces when not in use; or opt for a drying rack mounted on a wall or on a door, which you can use in two ways: hang clothes on the rods and use the surface as a folding table for larger objects. If your laundry room is very narrow, or if your door is already in use, another option is to hang a drying rack on the ceiling.
Small laundry room
The laundry area can also be created in narrow spaces, such as:
- niche then closed with appropriate doors
- in a closet inserted in a hallway
- in the bathroom
In this case, the advice is to try to hide the appliances with doors, in order to make everything aesthetically in order.
The previous advices are always valid!