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Laundry Room Ideas That Are Both Stylish and Functional
The average household does upwards of 20 loads of laundry per month. This number may even be dramatically conservative for larger families with pets.
For a family of five, think of all the bed linens and towels in addition to clothing that gets washed on a weekly basis.
We are seeing a continued trend of dual laundry rooms in recent home tours; one on the entry level of the home, and a second on an upper level with the remaining bedrooms. With this rising focus on the laundry room, it makes sense that the room is optimized.
Here are Nine Stylish and Functional Laundry Room Ideas.
1. Add a Dropzone
Many laundry rooms are located off an owner’s entry to the home. Add a dropzone and turn an entry-level laundry room into a multi-purpose mudroom.
The dropzone should incorporate items that make your family’s day-to-day life easier. If you are always losing your car keys, add a small hook so your keys have a set place.
A built-in bench with cubbies for shoes is another great addition to a dropzone. The cubbies allow for shoes to still be seen but in an organized capacity.
2. Invest in Built-ins
Investing in built-ins is a great way to add functionality to your laundry room.
Opt for cabinets instead of open shelving for a cleaner, polished look. Invest in built-in hanging racks with hangers at the ready to immediately hang items and reduce wrinkles.
3. Incorporate a Utility Sink
If you have an active family, a utility sink is a must-have upgrade you won’t regret. From grass-stained soccer jerseys to dirt-coated jeans, a utility sink makes treating stains and hand washing garments easier than ever. No more having to transition swimsuits to and from a nearby powder room to rinse them of chlorine before washing.
Not all utility sinks are made alike. A stainless steel or granite composite single basin are typically recommended go-tos for a laundry room. Both materials are highly durable, making them preferred finishes for longevity.
4. Add a Laundry Chute
Adding a laundry chute provides functional utility if your home includes an entry-level laundry room. If all the bedrooms are on the upper level, trekking laundry all the way down the stairs may result in rogue socks and t-shirts.
Reduce any unwanted headaches and install a laundry chute. This is a wonderful alternative for homes that aren’t able to have an upper level washer and dryer.
Most new builds have completely eliminated the need for laundry chutes. This is because a growing trend in new construction is to have the laundry room in close proximity to the bedrooms. However, this isn’t the case for all homes.
5. Don’t Forget a Folding Table
A folding table adds unmatched practicality to a laundry room. It allows you to easily wash, dry, and fold laundry all in one place. Our favorite laundry rooms typically include a built-in folding table in addition to convenient cabinet storage space.
If you have a laundry closet versus a laundry room, get creative with a DIY folding table. The simplest solution is to purchase a piece of plywood measured to fit above the washer and dryer.
However, there are also ready-made options available in multiple materials for purchase. Sadly, this trick only works for front-load washers and dryers.
6. Incorporate Hampers
Hampers provide an easy and organized way to sort laundry. Incorporate stylish hampers into the laundry room that offer a clearly defined bin for whites versus colorful clothing. Chalk basket labels make this easier than ever.
For clean clothes, supply a personal hamper per member of the family. This allows members of the family, especially kids, to easily transport cleanly folded to their rooms without chaos ensuing.
7. Invest in Flooring
The flooring you select for a laundry room is important for many reasons. First off, unforeseen circumstances always occur. You never know when a pool of water will end up on the floor. Investing in a waterproof or water-friendly flooring will save you headaches if a washer decides to malfunction.
Popular Laundry Flooring Options
Sheet Vinyl Flooring: Sheet vinyl flooring is a wonderful option for kitchens and laundry rooms because they’re completely waterproof. As the name suggests, this type of flooring is installed as one large roll and covers the space without cracks.
Luxury Vinyl Plank: Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is similar to sheet vinyl flooring in the fact that it is 100% waterproof. However, plank flooring differs because it is installed plank by plank. This offers an opportunity for water to occasionally seep between the cracks of the planks. With that being said, LVP is still an incredibly popular flooring option.
Tile Flooring: Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are pricier options that offer a classic look. Just as with sheet vinyl flooring and LVP, tile flooring is waterproof if properly installed. Another perk of tile flooring is that it’s solvent-proof.
This means bleach and other potentially harmful chemicals will not affect the flooring.
8. Add Personal Touches
A laundry room offers a fun opportunity to add personal touches. Because a laundry room is rarely trafficked by guests, you can take more personalized risks.
Want to install a bright and bold tile flooring? Go for it. Want to paint the built-in cabinets a calming blue tone. The sky’s the limit. Just because a laundry room is a utilitarian space doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
9. Utilize Every Square Foot
Not all laundry rooms provide sprawling square footage. There are so many creative ways to utilize every square foot of the room to ensure it is as functional as possible.
If you’re utilizing a closet with a stackable washer and dryer as your main laundry, invest in over the door drying racks. These allow you to easily hang wet clothes that should air dry versus going into the dryer.
Final Thoughts on Stylish and Functional Laundry Room Ideas
It may be shocking to realize just how much time we spend in the laundry room. This time is even longer for larger families. For this reason, it makes sense to invest time and resources to ensure the space is stylish and functional.
The nine ideas above are just some of the ways to achieve a stylish and functional laundry room. However, there is way more to a home than a laundry room, so here are 11 AMAZING Ways to Create a Welcoming Entryway in Your Home you’ll want to check out too!