A laundry that is well thought-out can be a real selling point. Shaynna Blaze gives you some fantastic ideas to create a better laundry space.
A laundry has to be functional but that doesn't mean it has to be dull.
Quite often the laundry is a pretty small room, so it will pay to really think about the floor plan and where things will go.If you don’t it could end up with a jumbled mess.
Take Care with Spacing your Appliances
It's not just about placing the appliances either – the space around them is important too.
You should allow at least 1.2 metres clearance in front of the washer or dryer so that you can open the door and get the clothes out.
If you don’t have 1.2 meters clearance place your washer or dryer opposite an open door.
A top loader needs less room - only about 800 cm
Putting appliances under a bench is a smart move in tiny room - and it can double up as a workspace for folding.
Grouping the sink and washing machine together is a cleaver way to cut down on plumbing costs.
Add a Touch of Style
Just because the laundry is a practical room, that doesn’t mean you cant add those little touches of style.
For example, you can use functional white tiles on the wall but match them with grey grouting, so it makes the space less clinical.
Flooring is important in a laundry - if it’s made of timber then ventilation in crucial. If moisture builds up in the room it can cause the wood to swell.
Ventilation can be something as simple as an open window or exhaust fan.
Bad ventilation can also encourage mould, so mould-resistant paint is always a good idea.
Plus, bench tops made of laminate or stone are better than timber - especially if they are near the taps.
You can do some of the reno work in the laundry yourself, but when it comes to plumbing and electrical work – play it safe and hire a licensed professional.