Harvey’s Hacks: How to design your dream laundry room

Harvey’s Hacks: How to design your dream laundry room

Laundry room must haves

If you’re building a house or getting stuck into a laundry renovation, you’re in the perfect position to create your dream laundry from scratch! To get started, make a list of everything you can’t go without in your laundry. Then, a list of high priority wants, and then if there’s extra budget or room, the 'nice to haves' which can top off the space.

Some laundry room ideas to not forget about are:

  1. Ventilation and sunlight

    If you want to improve the functionality of your laundry room, ventilation and sunlight are two important (but often overlooked) factors. The key reason being that laundry rooms are frequently exposed to moisture, which can easily breed mould without the presence of light and fresh air.

    To keep your laundry room fresh and mould-free, ensure you have adequate ventilation through a window and/or an exhaust fan. Choosing the right window treatments is therefore very important to allow adequate sunlight and airflow, our aluminium shutters, woodlux Venetian blinds or vertical blinds are all great options.

    If you don’t have a window, consider installing a skylight to increase natural light and even boost your mood while you’re cleaning!

  2. Plan out your power points

    When designing or renovating your laundry room, be sure to add more power points than you think you’ll need. It’s a minor detail that will make your laundry more functional as technology advances. For example, an extra power point in your broom cupboard will allow easy charging of a stick vacuum cleaner while it’s stored away.

    If you’re renting or have just bought a house and can’t add any more power points, you can add power strips to give you more electrical sockets if you need.

  3. Double the fun(ction)

    If you have the space, we’d always recommend installing two laundry troughs side by side. Double troughs mean you can easily soak in one, and wash/store in the other without any inconvenience. If you have little ones (or are planning to) we guarantee this will be an absolute game changer.

  4. Work out your storage options

    Storage is an important aspect of your laundry to consider when designing your space. So, before you start, it’s good to plan out what you want to keep stored in your laundry, and what can be stored in other rooms.

    Knowing what you want to keep stored in your laundry room also helps you plan the type of storage you need. For example, do you need a lot of cupboard space, or will a smaller cupboard and some shelving do the trick?

  5. Consider your flooring

    Are you unsure about what flooring options are best for your laundry? When choosing flooring, it’s important to consider that your laundry is a place where dirt, sand and unwashed clothes sit, so keeping the floor clean is vital.

    With your clothes dryer on in winter, it’s likely that condensation will build up and make your floor wet. This means that if you have timber or carpet floor coverings, they are more likely to get damaged or build up mould.

    For these reasons, we suggest using tiles for your flooring. Floor tiles are a great option for your laundry as they are easy to keep clean, are water resistant and won’t build up any layers of mould.

    There are great options available for using laundry floor tiles to have some fun with creative patterns or colour schemes.

Designing a modern laundry room

Updating your laundry room to feel more modern is a good way to make it a more appealing space as well as to increase future valuations on your home if you decide to sell.

As there isn’t a lot to laundries, one of the biggest statement pieces to make your laundry feel more modern is through the cabinetry you use. When choosing finishes, matte colours are clean and modern, whereas for a high-end modern, why not choose a solid colour for cabinet doors and a marble (or marble look) bench top.

Another laundry room idea to make your space more modern is to get rid of laundry detergent bottles by transferring laundry powder or liquid to glass containers or bottles. Make sure to label what’s what so you don’t mix up detergent with fabric softener!

If you’re wanting to add some more colour into your laundry room, why not add an indoor plant! Choosing the right plant for the space can be difficult, so make sure to check out our blog about how to pair your houseplants with blinds to make sure your plant will get the right amount of light from the blinds you’re using in your space.

Some other small ways to make your laundry room more modern is to:

  • Add décor, a fun sign or slogan can add personality to your space.
  • Create a new colour scheme. For a neutral palette, try looking at monochromatic colour schemes, or if you want to be more bold, go for classics like black and white and pair it with accents of a bright colour to create contrast.
  • Replace old tiles on the walls with something more sleek and modern like subway-style tiling.

How to Organise a Laundry Room: Laundry Room Storage Ideas

  1. Pull-out laundry hampers

    Keep your laundry room floor as clutter-free as possible with some handy pull-out hampers. There are a range of different sizes available to suit different layouts, plus custom options like double hampers which are great for sorting lights and darks.

    This is also great for multiple kids and making sorting their washing much easier and quicker to do! Just make sure to have a system to tell which laundry basket full of clothes is clean and which is dirty!

  2. Collapsible ironing board

    Not only is it a pain to put away a free-standing ironing board, but it can also be an eyesore in an otherwise modern laundry room. Thankfully, there are a collection of boards out there that can either fold away neatly into a drawer, or fold down from a wall or cabinet when required.

    An alternative to even needing an ironing board is to get an iron-safe mat that can sit on your countertop. This not only reduces the space needed for a large ironing board, it’s also a lot easier to store.

  3. Laundry room cabinets and shelves

    Adding some extra storage in the form of overhead cupboards and shelves is a sure-fire way to declutter your laundry room. Overheads are widely available in flat pack form and affordable, too – just be prepared to get your DIY on! Once your new laundry cabinets are installed, use them to store cleaning products, toilet paper, linens and more.

    To stop your cupboards or shelves becoming messy, one way to keep everything organised nicely is by having small, labelled containers or stackable boxes for you to easily find everything. Stackable boxes are great for storing spare pegs, cleaning cloths, lint rollers, and more.

    If you’re a bit crafty, you could even build a shelving unit that sits over your washing machine and has additional storage shelving above your washer. This is also great for anyone renting who can’t add any permanent shelving or cupboards for storage.

  4. Hooks and hanging rails

    Another easy and affordable way to increase your laundry room storage is to install a hanging rail. Use it to dry clothes on their hangers, drip dry delicate, or even to hang cleaning items you need to frequently access.

  5. Start a lost sock box

    Lost socks are just one of those mysteries, but by having a designated place where you can store any single socks, you can hopefully match a few more pairs!

Laundry ideas for small spaces

With often not a lot of space, it can be hard to keep everything organised and neat in your laundry, however there are some great ways to work with a small space.

The best way to organise a small laundry room is to determine what you want to fit in there, and what can be stored somewhere else.

To free up some floor space, you could try attaching your dryer to the wall above your washing machine. If you’re renting and can’t do this, one option is to purchase a washer and dryer 2-in-1 machine.

Another handy décor item for a small laundry when you don’t have a lot of storage options is to have a vertical trolley that’s on wheels. This is great for storing washing detergent, stain removers, any spare pegs or even toilet rolls. Having a trolley on wheels makes it easy to move out of the way and to store everything neatly together.

Blinds for your laundry

When you’re choosing blinds or curtains for your laundry, the number one consideration to keep in mind is that this is a wet area and therefore your window treatments will need to be waterproof.

The best materials for laundry blinds are aluminium, PVC or timber-look blinds. While you can use any type of blind you like, keep in mind that ones with less resistance to water are going to be more high maintenance to ensure they stay dry, clean, and free of opportunities to grow mould or smell. Wet dog smell is bad enough… do you really want wet blind smell too?

Our recommendations for laundry blinds are:

  • Timber-look Nova blinds (gives the look of timber but are made from durable PVC)
  • Woodlux blinds
  • Aluminium Venetians
  • Aluminium Shutters
  • Vertical blinds (particularly useful if your laundry has a sliding door for accessing the backyard)

To learn more about the best blinds for wet areas, check out our blog!

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