Adding Style and Functionality to Your Laundry Room

Doing the washing isn’t many people’s idea of a good time, and the laundry room can be overlooked when it comes to renovating. There can’t be that much to it, right? Well! Hatch Renovations is here to show you that, with a bit of consideration and imagination, you can have a nifty, fun space in which to do your chores.  

Laundry Room Renovations: Why Bother? 

You can be forgiven for not getting particularly excited about the prospect of updating as functional a space as a laundry room. But if you have to spend time washing your clothes, why not make it a more pleasant experience? 

A well-designed and stylish laundry space streamlines chores, reduces clutter, and adds value to your property while also providing personal satisfaction and comfort in your daily routine. Let’s explore how you can achieve this.  

Layout and Space 

  • Assess the Space: Start by assessing your laundry room’s current layout and dimensions. Consider measuring its length, width, and height. Note any architectural features such as nooks, corners, or sloped ceilings. Identify the room’s proximity to other areas, like bathrooms or bedrooms, which may influence the workflow. 
  • Flow and Accessibility: Ensure appliances are arranged to allow easy access. Side-by-side washers and dryers offer a countertop surface above, while stacked units save floor space. Leave enough room to fully open doors and drawers without obstruction. 
  • Work Zones: Include bins or hampers for sorting clothes by colour, fabric type, or family member. Position your washer and dryer conveniently, perhaps with a folding counter on top. Use a retractable clothesline or foldable drying rack for items that can’t go in the dryer. Incorporate a counter or table for folding and a built-in or wall-mounted ironing board. 

Storage and Appliances 

  • Custom Cabinets: Tall cabinets maximise vertical space. Store infrequently used items on higher shelves and everyday items within easy reach. Consider pull-out shelves or drawers for better organisation and accessibility. 
  • Open Shelving: Install open shelves above the washer and dryer for items you need regularly. Use decorative baskets or jars for a cohesive look, and label containers to keep the space organised and functional. 
  • Folding Stations: A counter above the washer and dryer provides a convenient folding space. If space is limited, consider a foldable or retractable countertop. 
  • Pull-out Drying Racks: These racks can be installed inside cabinets or mounted on the wall. They are perfect for drying delicates and can be tucked away when not in use. 
  • Energy-Efficient Appliances: Look for appliances with high Energy Ratings to save on water and electricity bills. Front-load washers are typically more energy-efficient and use less water than top-load models. 
  • Smart Appliances: Smart washers and dryers can be controlled via smartphone apps, allowing you to start, stop, or monitor cycles remotely. Features like delay start, steam cleaning, and speciality cycles for different fabrics enhance functionality. Receive alerts when a cycle is complete or if there are issues like an unbalanced load. 

Additional Functional Features 

  • Laundry Sink: A deep stainless steel or cast iron sink is perfect for hand-washing delicates, pre-treating stains, or cleaning up after messy tasks. Try a pull-out faucet, a built-in soap dispenser, or a sink grid for added convenience. 
  • Ironing Center: Install a built-in ironing board that folds out from a cabinet or the wall. This saves space and keeps the board out of sight when not in use. Include shelves or hooks for storing the iron, spray bottles, and other ironing accessories. A heat-resistant iron holder can be mounted inside the cabinet for safety and convenience. 
  • Hampers: Install pull-out hampers in cabinets to sort clothes by colour, fabric type, or family member. This keeps dirty laundry organised and off the floor. For small spaces, over-the-door hampers can provide additional sorting options without taking up floor space. 
  • Freestanding Bins: Use stylish, labelled bins or baskets to create a system for sorting laundry. Opt for bins with wheels for easy mobility.  

Stylish Elements 

  • Colour Scheme: Whites, greys, and soft pastels can make the space look clean and bright. Neutral colours also offer a timeless look that complements various styles. Introduce accent colours through accessories such as laundry baskets, wall art, or rugs. This can add personality and warmth to the room. 
  • Wall Treatments: Use moisture-resistant paint to protect walls from humidity and potential water splashes. Eggshell or satin finishes are durable and easy to clean. Peel-and-stick wallpaper with patterns or textures can add sophistication and is easy to change if you want a new look. A tiled backsplash behind the sink or washer and dryer can protect walls from water damage and add a stylish element. Options include subway tiles, mosaic tiles, or even adhesive tiles for an easy DIY solution. 
  • Lighting: Install LED strip lights under cabinets to illuminate work areas such as the folding counter or sink. Pendant lights or directional spotlights can provide focused lighting over specific areas like the ironing board or drying rack. If possible, maximise natural light by keeping windows unobstructed or using sheer curtains. 
  • Flooring: Ceramic or porcelain tiles are durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. They come in various styles and colours to match your decor. For a cost-effective and practical choice, vinyl flooring is water-resistant and available in many designs, including those that mimic wood or stone.  
  • Wall Art: Hang framed prints, posters, or artwork that reflects your style. Consider laundry-themed art for a playful touch or botanical prints for a fresh, natural vibe. 
  • Greenery: Add potted plants, succulents, or hanging planters to bring a touch of nature into the space. Plants can improve air quality and create a calming atmosphere. 
  • Rugs and Mats: A stylish rug or mat can add warmth and comfort underfoot. Choose durable, washable options that can handle spills and heavy traffic. 

Transform Mundane Tasks with Hatch Renovations 

Hopefully, you have been inspired to consider the benefits of giving your laundry areas a little TLC. With quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service Hatch Renovations will elevate your laundry room to new heights of functionality and style. So, contact us today!