Dimensions & Tips to Put Your Laundry Room on the Path to Nirvana
Gone are the days when the laundry room occupied the dark, dank corner of the basement. Today’s laundry rooms are command centers of the household and merit their own four walls. Done right, this is where you care for your clothes, wash the dog, take rain gear and muddy shoes off to dry and store extra paper towels. The laundry room has finally come into its own and is now considered an essential room, integral to good home design and a room to be proud of. In this next segment in our series “Creating A Living Space That’s Easier To Live In”, we’ll discuss what to consider when designing the ultimate integrated laundry space.
10 STEPS TO LAUNDRY ROOM NIRVANA
1. Is your washer and dryer front loading? Pedestals, with convenient drawers for storage of laundry detergent, stain remover and dryer sheets, keep supplies handy and help preserve the clean, efficient look of the room. They also make it easier to drop clothes directly into a waiting basket.
2. If your front-loading washer / dryer sits on the floor, run a countertop over it to create a folding station. If you choose the pedestal option for your front-loading washer / dryer, consider adding a folding table to increase your work surface.
3. Allow 21”-25” for door swing on the washer and dryer. Allow 48” for laundry baskets and foot traffic.
4. Plan a 1” gap around your washer and dryer to make pulling out for cleaning and repair a snap.
5. Counter height and width will depend on the size of your particular washer / dryer model. See the illustration for a good idea of the range of dimensions to consider.
6. A utility sink is a must! Ideally it will be somewhat shallow and broad with a good faucet and strong spray nozzle.
7. Wall cabinets provide storage for extra light bulbs, laundry supplies and other stuff. They can also create a niche for a rod to hang clothes on while drying.
8. Don’t forget under-the-counter IOP’s to increase organization and functionality.
9. Leave some shelving open to make it easier to grab the items used more often—also makes a good home for laundry baskets.
10. A built-in ironing board is a nice option as well. Here are a couple of options: Option 1 is a built in model from Hafele (568.60.710). It mounts in a Waypoint® SB18 cabinet. Option 2 isa shelf-mounted version from Hafele (568.60.781). It mounts in a Waypoint® WTH3015-ID15 cabinet with the hinge reversed to allow the door to flip down. (These products are not shown in the illustration.)
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer