The smallest room needing the most – The Laundry
The laundry is the never ceasing workload that will continue to live on for as long as we’re all wearing clothes on a regular basis. We dedicate this space to washing clothes, storing cleaners, storing brooms, storing garden equipment- just about everything under the banner of miscellaneous can be found here. So why is it that so many laundries come well under the bar when it comes to purpose and functionality
It is frustrating seeing poorly designed rooms when we know too well how easy it is to think smart and design a room that works right at the beginning. We cannot even number anymore the amount of laundry designs we have designed for clients and it is amazing what people just put up with for so long before they decide to make a change and fix the problem.
For any working family there is always a never ending cycle of washingand folding clothes. So how about we look at how this space can be improvedwith a few simple design keys;
1. Storage is at the top of the list, without it you have a room that doesn’t work and is wasting space. Think about all of the things you can store in a laundry. Buckets, mop, brooms, vacuum cleaner, sewing machine and linen. For many of our clients we incorporate pullout laundry hampers, you could even have two to separate whites and colours.Every item needs a space specifically designed around it so make a list of what you want to house in your laundry.
Also have a think about clever solutions or engage a designer who will know all of the tricks at the drop of a hat. Robin Hood ironing boards have been around for a long time and they are once again making an appearance in modern laundry design. A Robin Hood is essentially an ironing board that folds up into a vertical compartment that can be mounted to or into the wall cavity. The newest versions are all made from aluminium so you are guaranteed strength and longevity. And it’s great because it’s out of the way,just pull it down for use and then fold it straight back up when you’re done.
2. You need benchspace in order for this room to work. Makesure your benchtops are a minimum 600mm deep this will allow enough room foryou to comfortably work on.
3. Select a laundry tub that is deep, having a tub deep enough will allow you to soak clothes in it and even wash the dog. There are plenty of laundry tubs on the market from contemporary stainless steel to the more traditional Butler sinks made from Vitreous china.
4. A clever tip is to select a sink mixer with a pull out spray. Once you own one of these you’ll never go back. Having the option of pulling the sink nozzle out makes it extremely convenient when rinsing items in the sink. And even better if you’re filling up a bucket. You can leave the bucket on the benchtop and pull the sink mixer over to it instead of trying to squeeze the bucket into the sink- I know we’ve all done this before. It’s simple design ideas like this that will save you time and effort. And don’t think that because it’s a new design it must have a hefty price tag. In fact you can pick up an Australian designed and made pull out spray mixer for under $400.
5. Clothes rods are the norm now in our laundry designs. So convenient for drip drying your hand washed clothes or hanging your freshly ironed or steamed clothes.
6. Style. Don’t forget to make the laundry look nice and stylish. We often prioritise budget with kitchens and bathrooms however we can design a designer laundry without breaking the bank. Also, styling can change the look of your laundry dramatically, add some art, greenery and baskets and you may even start enjoying doing the washing.
Written by Birdblack Design