Ideas to Renovate Laundry Rooms
Laundry duty ranks near the bottom of the list of household chores for most of us. It could possibly have to do with the fact that your laundry room is too small, located in the basement or garage. If that’s the case, then it’s time to consider a laundry room renovation. You spend enough time doing laundry, so the room should be inviting and filled with the latest innovations!
Experts say a laundry room remodel not only adds beauty, it increases the value of your home. With a top-notch laundry room renovation, you can expect, on average, a 72 percent return on your investment!
The Big Things
Older homes may require the assistance of a professional to inspect water pipes, drainage system, gas and electrical lines. It would be a pity if you spent money on your laundry room renovation and had to go in, after the fact, and make repairs or upgrades. Or even worse, tear up the slab to replace drainage pipes. It’s best to get this all out of the way before you tackle cosmetic renovations. And don't forget, all electrical outlets need to be GFCI.
Also, take this pre-renovation time to determine if your laundry room is configured to suit your family’s needs. You may want to add walls (if there aren’t any) or move a wall to expand the space creating a combination laundry/mud room. Maybe you just want more space to wash, fold and iron your laundered items.
Get your plumber to add water and drainage lines for a laundry sink. Some delicate articles of clothing were not made for repeated machine washings. Consider installing a laundry basin directly into the countertop, or placing a free-standing laundry sink next to the counter.
An integrated wash basin or freestanding laundry sink located in the same room, means you can easily wash and rinse clothing without having to use a sink in another part of the house.
Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive idea for laundry room flooring. Gone are the days of grandma’s hideous vinyl patterns and inferior materials. You can choose from durable peel and stick vinyl squares or vinyl sheeting. New vinyl flooring advances include designs and textures that simulate wood grain or natural stone surfaces -- they're amazingly similar to the real deal!
Ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles are also popular laundry room flooring because they look stylish, clean up easily and are perfect for use in damp areas. Tile is pricier than vinyl, but you have a variety of colors, textures and designs from which to choose. Tile also provides a higher end finish to the room, if you are interested in resale value.
The dream of any busy household is to purchase a state-of-the-art washer and dryer. This is a decision best made as you are considering the design of the room. You may want to save space with a stackable washer and dryer or a combination washer/dryer unit. Or, you may have the space to purchase a high profile washer and dryer – in a trendy designer color!
To prevent water damage to your flooring and subfloor, place an overflow pan under your washing machine. They may not be required by code, but are a great idea – especially if your laundry room is located on an upper floor of the house.
For any number of reasons, many laundry rooms lack adequate lighting. It may not seem important, but when you're trying to remove stains and iron out wrinkles, good lighting is imperative.
A simple hanging fluorescent fixture will make all the difference in the world to a poorly lit garage or basement laundry room. You can pick up these "shop lights" for a song at the local hardware store. If your laundry room is inside the house, update your lighting with a track system or large ceiling fixture to properly light the entire space.
If you have plenty of space, purchase a folding table or include an integrated counter to serve as a folding station. This way, clothes can be folded as soon as they are removed from the dryer. A folding station can also be used for sweaters that require flat drying.
A great idea to help you get motivated to do laundry is to organize the room. Add shelving or a bank of upper cabinets to store all of your laundry products. If everything is neatly organized and in its place, you might actually enjoy using the space!
Consider installing pullout laundry hampers under the counter. Designate one hamper for colors, one for whites and one for delicates. Include a wall-mounted drying rack for hanging up delicates during inclement weather.
Wall-Mounted Ironing Board
Instead of setting up a full-size ironing board in the laundry room, purchase a wall-mounted version that folds down and stores neatly away when not in use. This frees up valuable laundry room square footage. You can also find models that feature shelves to hold your iron and ironing supplies.
Some wall-mounted models also have a hanging system for ironed clothes, a built-in electrical outlet, work light and auto shut-off feature. These handy ironing board stations come in a variety of finishes to coordinate other laundry room components.
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