Gone are the days when Nigerians make use of bathrooms or any other vacant places in the house to clean up the laundry. Have you made up your mind to ease laundry activities in your house and you’ve decided to set up a laundry room. A laundry room is the commonly found example of a utility room in modern buildings. Therefore, a home without a laundry room is incomplete.
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A basement had always been a good idea for a laundry room, due to easy access to drainage. But the back of the house away from the bedrooms is a great suggestion. Gone are the days when the laundry rooms used to be the boring and dulling place in the house. For a laundry room to really be a utility room and not a utility room, it needs to be pleasant and comfortable. However, with these amazing laundry room design ideas, I fear your laundry might turn your next chilling spot.
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Below are simple checklists for laundry room design that fits perfectly for any type of house.
Choosing the right spot
Choosing the right spot for your laundry room can be difficult if the arrangements have not be made earlier for the laundry room. The basements or near the back buildings are good ideas and a laundry room should always be on the first floor of the house. Avoid areas near the bedrooms or children’s room as it will cause inconvenience from the noise and vibration.
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It is advisable to separate the task sections of a laundry room to ease the laundry process, such as sorting, washing, drying, folding and packaging. A counter top for folding clothes should be installed above the drying machine to minimise steps and a separate cabinet for keeping laundry consumables such as starch and detergents.
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Laundry room measurements
The laundry room equipment should not be fitted together in a tight environment to avoid the risk of bumping into the washing/drying machine. A moderate laundry room must have a place for hanging clothes for air-drying. The hangers should be positioned closer to the window for natural air-drying and far away from the wall. The electricity sockets should be situated far away from wet areas.
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The organisation of equipment and materials makes a job easier and can improve performance. Gather your laundry materials into different sections based on colour and texture of materials in one cabinet near the washing machine and ensure you store all your clothing and laundry care supplies within reach. Bleach and dangerous laundry supplies should be stored away from young children’s reach.
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The laundry room should enjoy some amounts of natural light. Similar to the kitchen you need a good task lighting over work areas such as the counter tops and ironing boards. Lights should be installed above the counter tops to illuminate the fabrics so you can check for stains and spots that require special treatment and it’s quite obvious that you can’t iron or sort clothes in the dark. Endeavour to fix lightings that let you see the inner parts of the washer and dryer to ensure no item or fabric is left inside.