Top Tips for Designing Your Game Changer Laundry
By Zephyr and Stone
So you’re building or renovating and a new laundry is part of the game plan?
Take it from us, a well-designed laundry will cut down hours of unnecessary double handling and be a washing #gamechanger, making the daily #washdryfold much more bearable. Here’s how…
• Your Laundry Game Plan •
When it comes to Laundry design, storage is highest on your must-have list. Think beyond standard cupboards to create a well designed space, customised to your needs.
Tall storage – a tall cupboard is essential to store brooms, vacuums or an ironing board in your laundry. Include a powerpoint inside so a cordless vacuum can be charged discreetly out of sight. Don’t need a broom cupboard in the laundry? A tall cupboard with shelves for storing towels and linen is just as practical - these items can be folded and put away directly from the dryer or washing line for the ultimate in streamlined workflow. Have a large laundry space? Why not install both!
Ample benchtop space for folding clothes - you’ll need to make your benchtop at least 650mm+ deep so that your washer and dryer don’t stick out past the face of your benchtop. This will create clean lines and provide enough space behind your sink to install your mixer tap
Laundry hampers - whether they’re integrated into cabinetry or free standing bins - two are essential so that whites and darks can be sorted as they go in
Overhead or high cupboards are essential to keep chemicals out of reach of young children
Incorporate drawers for the ultimate storage solution. The laundry is like a magnet for those items that seem to accumulate - you know the ones - sunscreen, spare keys, batteries all those items you need on hand and fit perfectly in a drawer. Also consider a drawer for each family member to store bathers, spare socks, uniforms or sports gear
If space allows install two sinks so that you can soak in one and still have full use of the other without having to double handle
A tap with a pull out nozzle makes filling buckets and cleaning sinks a breeze
The washing machine should be positioned next to the sink so that items can be transferred directly between the two
Ensure direct or easy access to an external clothesline if you have one
Allocate space for your dryer next to, or stacked on your washing machine so that items can be easily transferred between the two
Install a hanging rail so that t-shirts and shirts can be hung to dry on clothes hangers. This can eliminate the need for ironing many items altogether
Install an ironing centre, which is hardwired with a built in power point. A standard sized iron fits within the unit, so there’s no setting up required #genius - Just open up and you’re ready to iron as soon as your iron heats up, and it takes seconds to fold away.
Windows or a door for natural light and ventilation or an exhaust fan for mechanical ventilation in the absence of these
Include down lights or other ceiling lights to light up the whole room. Incorporate a secondary light source with LED strip lighting to the underside of your overheads to provide task lighting directed on your work surface/benchtop
An open shelf to give your laundry that designer look and keep items within easy reach, or display a curated selection of special pieces
Tiles or flooring suitable for a wet area, so it’s easy to keep clean
A Laundry chute in a double storey home to maximise efficiency
A bin if you feed animals in your laundry or to save time walking to the kitchen with rubbish
There you have it! Our top tips for designing a functional Game Changer Laundry.
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