Laundry isn’t the task it once was, so why should the room dedicated to its purpose be?
Here are five ways to help you “love” your laundry room from our friends over at Zillow.
First, You Need Some Counter Space
When you’re folding and sorting clothes, there’s one thing you need more than anything: space.
If you have sufficient floor space, consider adding a center island (similar to one you would select for your kitchen).
If you don’t have enough space to add a center island, consider adding a countertop over a side-by-side washer and dryer that load in the front. That way, you can be sure you’re making good use of the space and giving the room a custom, built-in feel.
Maximize your Storage Options
Regardless of any room’s size, there are always ways to add storage.
Any storage will help keep things in their place and, if not out of sight, at least confined and organized. Stock cabinets are inexpensive and can be installed easily, according to Zillow.
Give Those Old Appliances an Upgrade
If your existing washer and dryer are old, replacing them will help you save on energy and water costs. Today’s machines offer larger-capacity washers and dryers to power-foam and steam-cleaning options. Don’t overlook the option of having a stacked pair either; it’s an easy way to open up floor space for a cabinet and counter or sink.
Speaking of a Sink…
If you don’t have a utility sink in your laundry room, find out if there is a way to add one. The cost may be less than you think and the convenience of having it for hand-washed clothing and other cleanup jobs will be well worth the consideration. Also, as a bonus, if plumbing lines are already in place, you can probably do the installation yourself.
A Soothing Color Goes a Long Way
There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up a room. Think about painting the laundry room a soothing blue or green, or a more energy-infused color like orange. Hang some art, install a new chandelier or add decorative window treatments. The simple decorative touches will create a more inviting space, one you could even grow to “love.”