If you’ve just moved into a property or are tired of the way your laundry room looks and is organized, then now is the ideal time of year to think about ideas for a laundry room makeover.
Even if you’ve just moved in to a brand new property the laundry room might not yet have been fitted out, so again now is the time to give it that laundry room makeover that will have the ‘wow’ factor when your friends and relations come to see it.
If you’re going to do a laundry room makeover, then you might as well go for the full job, rather than just buying a new washtub and cabinets. So if you’re intent on stripping everything out back to the bare walls and floor coverings, why not consider where the electrics and plumbing are currently located and seeing if you they will fit in with your new design for the laundry room makeover. If the sink is under a window in the laundry room this is probably already the best position for it, as you’ll have natural light whilst washing things.
If the sink isn’t by the window then consider moving it, or if there’s no window at all, can you move the sink to improve the laundry room layout? Next there are the electrics. You want all of the power outlets as close to the appliances you’ll be using as possible. So decide where the appliances will be and get power outlets positioned close to them and above any risk of water splashes.
The appliances you have in your laundry will, of course, be determined by the space that you have available. As well as buying a new washtub fitting a hot air clothes drier is always a good idea too, especially if you don’t live in an area with guaranteed all year round sun and heat. Hot air clothes driers can be electric or gas powered, but for the DIY/home enthusiast fitting an electric one is possible without having to hold gas engineers qualifications.
A lack of space needn’t be a restriction on having a hot air clothes drier as you can now buy models that can be stacked on top of the wash tub. Hot air driers can either be vented or condensing ones. Condensing ones are said to be more environmentally friendly as they collect the moisture from the drying clothes, this water can then be used in the garden etc.
However, you will probably find that an externally vented hot air clothes drier will dry the clothes more quickly and effectively, thereby reducing the energy needed to dry them. So, there’s a little dilemma for you as to which one might be the ‘greener’ option.
Laundry Room Furnishings
Everything else for your laundry room makeover can be considered to be laundry room furnishings. Whether you’re papering the walls or painting them, do make sure the material you choose will be durable in what will, after all, be a damp environment.
You’ll want to fit cabinets so that the new work surfaces you install aren’t constantly covered with clutter. Make sure at least one of these is a full length cupboard to store things like brooms, mops and the ironing board.
Rather than fitting curtains at the window, a roller blind will almost certainly look better and be easier to operate when you’ve got wet hands.
Also, how about that ceiling light fitting, is it really powerful enough or could you fit a more modern and powerful one?
Finally the floor, there is absolutely no doubt that if you can afford it a tiled floor in the laundry room will look great, failing that a vinyl floor covering that is easy to mop and dry will do.
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