Designing a small laundry requires imagination, so how do you go about it?
When you have a small laundry, a renovation can seem like a chore. But it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we’ll give you all the design tips and tricks you need to maximise your space in a laundry renovation to make it a room you don’t dread going into everyday.
Things to Consider When Designing a Small Laundry
Designing the right laundry for your space – one that is functional and aesthetically pleasing – is all about getting the basics right. In this section, we’ll break down some of the things you need to consider to develop the perfect laundry for you and your family.
Check Your Size
When it comes to small spaces, you need to be sure of the area you actually have to design in. This means getting your measurements correct and knowing what you actually have to work with.
Don’t Forget About Lighting
A dark room can make a space feel smaller, and this is especially the case when you have a small laundry.
Whenever you can have lighting – particularly natural lighting but artificial lighting is also effective – you have the potential to make the space feel bigger. It’s also incredibly useful when completing tasks such as folding or sorting the washing into specific colour loads.
Do Away with the Door
If you’re really pressed for space, one of the things you might consider doing is getting rid of the internal door, and just having external access to your laundry. Or, opt for a sliding door that can be opened and closed without encroaching on your space.
Change Your Hamper
Is your laundry hamper huge and taking up a lot of space unnecessarily? Maybe you don’t need one in your laundry itself. Consider having them in your bedroom, or putting your clothes directly in the washing machine ready for the next load.
Customise Your Cabinetry
One way you can make use of the small space in your laundry is by designing your cabinetry according to your needs. Think about how you use your laundry, and if you need an area in which to iron clothes, or store your vacuum, have a cupboard specifically designed for that purpose.
Store Your Towels Elsewhere
Some people store new towels and bigger items in the laundry, ready for you to change them out whenever you are ready. But if you don’t have the space in your laundry to store them – or the space you do have could be better used in another way – consider finding a new home for these bulkier items.
Install Wall Cabinets
Cabinets are a must have in your laundry, but if you don’t have the floorspace for them, why not go up? Wall cabinets for storing those items you don’t use that often can be a great way for you to make use of a smaller area if floor-level cabinets aren’t an option.
Downsize or Stack Appliances
Your washing machine and dryer can take up a fair amount of room, but they’re not something many families want to do away with (or can’t, in the case of a washing machine).
But if you have a smaller family, you might be able to get away with downsizing your appliances so they are more compact. Or, if you still need a bigger size appliance, maybe it’s time to consider stacking them?
Whether they’re permanent or temporary and mobile, drawers as part of your cabinetry can be incredibly useful in your laundry. And, just as you would in the kitchen, you can also get creative with the type and colour of drawers you have to really add some personality.
Choose Paint Colours Wisely
The laundry is a smaller space, and can look a little dingy if it’s dark and cramped. The right paint colour can really brighten up your room, much in the same way that a good lighting plan can, and make it feel larger.
Add Hooks & Open Shelving
Got hooks and open shelving in your kitchen to make the most of the space you have available? There’s no good reason you can’t opt for the same approach when designing a smaller laundry.
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Designing a small laundry can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. But if you feel out of your depth or are having trouble deciding on the right layout for you, you don’t have to do it alone. Our qualified design team members are experts in designing laundries, no matter the size and will help you come up with the perfect solution.
Get in touch with our laundry renovation experts today.