26 ideas to make Laundry day Easier and More EFFICIENT

Ideas to Make Laundry Day Easier and More Efficient

I don't say this often, but I envy my clients laundry room.

While touring a client’s home for the first time I was struck by one room that's often the most forgotten, the laundry room. It was lovely. Located on the main level, it was bright and sunny with lots of storage, plants, and personal touches. It was nothing like the typical basement laundry situation I have.

Naturally, it got me to thinking about what I would want in a laundry room if I were to remodel or build a new home. Taking it one step further I started to think ahead about what features I would incorporate to make my life easier as I grow older.

Making the laundry room more comfortable to use and more pleasant to be in makes sense when you think about how much time we spend there. The typical American household washes four hundred loads of laundry per year, according to the Consumer Energy Center. Even when our households downsize we always have laundry to do. 

I found inspiration for my dream laundry room and now that I almost want to do laundry, I'm going to share with you more than 20 laundry room ideas with an eye on making your laundry day easier and more pleasant. 

Location, Location, Location

1. If possible locate your laundry room adjacent to places where laundry accumulates like the bedrooms and bathroom.

2. Remove any clutter that can get in your way or cause you to trip.

3. Widen the doorway to 36" and keep enough open space for a wheelchair or walker if need be.

4. If your laundry room opens to the outside create a combination laundry and mudroom.

5. A laundry room with windows for natural light and a view outside will keep spirits up while doing mundane laundry tasks.

6. If your bedrooms are on the second floor and laundry is on the first floor add a laundry chute. Carrying laundry up and down the stairs is awkward and can get heavy.

7. Repurpose a hall closet with a stackable washer and dryer next to the bedrooms or in your master bathroom.

Laundry Room Basics

8. Front loading washers and dryers are the best. Not just because they are generally more energy and water efficient but because you can use the space on top as a counter or store things.

9. Have your washer and dryer installed on a pedestal. Having the machines higher off the floor makes it much easier to reach the clothes inside to reduce back strain. It's also easier for someone in a wheelchair to use.

10. Install countertops close to your washer and dryer. This makes it easy to transfer the clothes out of the dryer to your folding area.

11. Ideally, have two countertops, one at standing height and one at sitting height with legroom underneath. This will make your counter tops extra practical and friendly to anyone who’d like to sit and fold laundry. It also creates space to do other things like crafts, taking care of plants, or wrapping gifts.  

12. Install a drying rack over the sink to drip dry your delicates.

13. Use a lever or hands-free faucet at your laundry sink.

14. Install plenty of lighting both over the laundry machines and in task areas such as ironing and folding. 

Ideas to Make Laundry Day Easier and More Efficient

Ample storage

15. Laundry rooms often become dumping grounds for out of season coats, Amazon boxes, and suitcases. If you have the space, consider cabinetry for neatly storing and organizing these things plus give a home to things like gardening supplies, gift wrap, pet cages, backpacks, and athletic gear.

16. Use D shaped hardware to make opening doors and drawers easy for everyone.

17. If you’re low on floor space, think vertically. Install simple but effective multiple levels of shelving for your storage needs.

18. Install a pull-down shelving unit if various levels of shelving would be too high or too far to reach.

 

Secret Storage in the Laundry Room

19. There are a lot of great storage gadgets to incorporate into a laundry room like pull-down ironing boards. 

20. I don't think it's just me when I say; ironing seems to take forever. I think if I could sit down, it would be a lot more tolerable. Install a stowaway ironing board at a height that you can pull up a chair to sit down and iron.

21. A window seat or bench can be a great way to incorporate additional organized storage. It also becomes a place to sit and put on your shoes or enjoy the view outside.

 

A Place for Pets in the Laundry Room

22. I love the idea of incorporating a pet feeding station into the laundry room. I have a feeling it might help keep my cat's weight down too. You know what they say, out of sight out of mind.

23. If you have a dog and space, a doggy washing station would be fantastic.

Bonus Tips

24. Include a rolling cart or hamper to help you transfer laundry to and from the laundry room.

25. Laundry and mudrooms can be a great place to use leftover flooring material or paint. You could even create an accent wall by using flooring panels on the wall.

26. Add more of your personality with funky lighting, wallpaper, window treatments, pretty hardware or a great backsplash.

27. Have you ever wondered what those little symbols on clothing tags mean? Mystery solved.

Let me know if this has been helpful. I wish you happier and easier laundry days ahead.

Susan Rains

Susan Rains Design, 408 Spring Road, Havertown, PA, 19083