How to maximise space in your laundry
A well-designed laundry elevates the everyday, mundane tasks of washing and cleaning, giving them intention and making us aware of the inherent joy in the simplicity of the acts.
The laundry is often one of the most underrated and undervalued parts of the home, however its also one of the parts we use the most. It’s a functional haven, it’s where we dump our wet clothes after a muddy bike ride, throw the dirty kitchen tea towels and chuck the spaghetti stained t-shirts. A well-designed and considered laundry can offer a brief moment of reprieve from the fast pace of everyday life, a contemplative space to retreat to and examine the intention behind our actions.
A considered laundry should help us to incorporate intention into our surroundings whilst performing multiple functions and maximising space. Below are some ideas to help you achieve this in your own home.
Consider the primary use of the space
Firstly consider what the primary and alternate uses of the space will be. Washing is a given, but what else will the laundry be used for and where is it positioned in the house? Will people be coming through the laundry to enter the house and dumping muddy sports gear? If this the case a large sink for soaking and chucking wet clothes in is a must, you may also want a small seating area and hooks to take off shoes and hang coats.
Your lifestyle will dictate what are considered essentials in your laundry, once you’ve identified what your needs are for the space it will be easier to maximise it. A design consultation with the team at Homes by Howe can help you identify these needs and maximise your layout.
Inbuilt washer and dryers, such as Miele’s Smart Laundry Appliances Range, can simultaneously maximise space and workbench area by placing the machines side by side. This also allows for a seamless transition between washing machine and dryer. If you want to further increase floor space, you may also like to consider stackable machines or Miele’s Combo Washer-Dryer.
While side by side appliances can maximise work bench area, you’ll want to make sure your countertop is made from high quality moisture resistant materials such as Talostone’s White Mirrorlux, which not only looks stunning, but its reflective surface will bounce light around the room giving the impression of a larger space.
If you are doing a renovation consider the location of existing plumbing, a quality builder such as the team at Homes by Howe will help you to consider this as part of providing a reliable and stress-free build process with a high attention to detail at every step of the way.
Laundry basket placement
Laundry baskets are big bulky items that can take up lots of valuable floor space. In order to maximise space in your laundry try get your baskets tucked away somewhere or high up out of the way.
Putting your laundry baskets overhead is a great way to get them off the floor and out of the way. Similarly having pull-out hampers will keep the lines of your laundry cabinetry clean, giving the impression of more space whilst also keeping dirty washing out of sight.
Storage and cabinetry
Your storage set-up should help to prevent clutter build up and allow you to find essentials with ease. One way to maximise storage space is to have large cupboards that run from floor to ceiling like in Homes by Howe’s Weetangera knockdown rebuild.
Alternatively, high and low cupboards and shelving with workspace in between will mean you can store infrequently used items up high and keep others down low for easier access. A cupboard below the sink is also a perfect place for storing cleaning products.
Ceiling mounted clothesline
For those delicate items that you are not able to put in the dryer and when the Canberra weather makes it impossible to dry clothes outside, having a ceiling mounted clothesline such as the Aussie Wash Six Lath Ceiling Airier is the perfect solution. Its adjustable pulley raise system means you can lower it to the perfect height to hang your washing, then pull it up to the ceiling out the way while the clothes are drying. A hanging rail like in Homes by Howe’s Weetangera build is also a great alternative.
Maximising the space and utility of your laundry room will make your life easier and enhance your enjoyment of simple everyday tasks. Contact Homes by Howe to book a walk through of our Chapman Display Home for inspiration or a design consultation to work out your needs.
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