Want to avoid laundry renovation mistakes in 2023? Before you start, we’ll take you through all the faux pas would-be renovators make.
In the second-part of our two part article, we’ll discuss all the renovation mistakes you need to avoid when building a new laundry from styles and trends to functionality, fixtures and flooring.
Laundry Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
Laundry renovations can be costly and time consuming if you don’t know what you’re doing. Continuing on from part one of this article, we’ll discuss more things you should avoid when embarking on your laundry renovation.
11. Not Styling to Complement Your House
Having a great design for your laundry is one thing, but whatever trend or design you choose needs to match (or at least complement) your current home. There’s no point having a 50s retro design for your laundry if your style is more modern and sleek.
12. Wrong Flooring
You may think that you can choose the same flooring throughout your home, and that will be suitable for your laundry. But if you want to choose the right flooring, you need to make sure it’s durable and hard-wearing.
Having something that’s waterproof or slip-resistant may also come in handy.
13. Not Using Your Walls
Anyone who has lived in cramped homes or apartments will tell you the importance of storage. But given that laundries are often one of the smaller areas of your home, where do you actually put things? The walls!
While you may not have the floor space for cabinetry, using your walls as space for vertical storage will allow you to keep everything in its place. And it has the added benefit of keeping things clean and tidy.
14. Underestimating Size
When planning to renovate any space – not only your laundry – it’s important to ensure you have the correct measurements and space you’ll need.
The last thing you want is to design the laundry of your dreams, only to find your ideal washing machine or dryer doesn’t fit in its allocated position.
15. Blocking Exits and Entryways
To ensure your chores get completed efficiently, it helps if you make the laundry easy to access. This means not blocking exits and entryways with cabinets or appliances, so you can move smoothly from one task to the next without interruption.
16. Forgetting About Ventilation
As a wet room, the laundry needs ventilation. And it’s one of the things lots of first time renovators forget to consider when designing their ideal laundry.
Having a fan, door or window in your laundry may make all the difference to your productivity if your clothes can dry quicker than if they were in a room without the required ventilation.
17. Choosing the Wrong Sink
You may think all sinks are the same, and you can easily use the same model of sink you’ve installed in the kitchen in your laundry. But we’re here to tell you that is not the case!
The truth is a kitchen sink, or even a bathroom sink, does not have the same capacity as a laundry sink, which are deeper than other options on the market.
Laundry sinks are more durable, often made of metal to hold the weight of heavier things like wet towels or clothing. A kitchen sink just isn’t designed for that and using it in such a way may cause unnecessary damage that could have easily been avoided.
18. Lack of Lighting
Even in the laundry, lack of lighting can be a real problem for many homeowners or tenants. If you can’t see what you’re doing, or if your favourite outfit survived a lunchtime stain, getting things done will take much longer.
And let’s be honest. For most people, the less time spent in the laundry, the better.
19. No Drainage or Incorrect Water Valve Shut-Off Placement
Drainage is something you need in a laundry, as not having it can be a real problem.
To combat this, you should make sure you have adequate installations in your space. This includes ensuring you have installed the water valve shut-off in a place that is easily accessible when you need it.
20. Ignoring Functionality
At the end of the day, a laundry that is not functional is pretty useless. It’s great to pick a design you love, but if it doesn’t meet your day-to-day requirements, you will likely come to regret your decision.
That’s why we recommend planning thoroughly before starting your renovation, to ensure you will get the most out of your laundry design and how you intend to use it.
How to Decide Which Laundry Renovation Trend is Right for You & Where to Go for Assistance
Of course all of this information is entirely subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to the design of their new laundry.
But, if you’re struggling with your design, or don’t know where to go for the latest fixtures and fittings, contact the team at Builders Discount Warehouse today.
For expert help with your laundry renovation and accessories, contact us today.