Published On: Sat, Oct 18th, 2014

Maximising Your Laundry Space

One of the Maximising Your Laundry Spacemost difficult rooms in the house to keep tidy and functional is the laundry. This is because in many homes, particularly in smaller houses and units, the laundry also acts as a storage space. Normally, the laundry is the smallest room in the house. Once you’ve added a washing machine and dryer, there isn’t a great deal of space left.  Ideally, you can make more room by moving underused belongings out of the house to an outside storage facility such as those run by Fort Knox. But if that isn’t an option, you can reorganise the laundry to get the most out of your limited space.

Build on your appliances
When furnishing your laundry, think in advance and look for appliances that fit nicely together. Many washing machines and dryers of the same brand are designed to stack on top of one another. This stacking solution frees up a great deal of space for additional storage cupboards. Alternatively, consider a modern, front loading washer and dryer combo. Not just a space saver, they are also economical in terms of both electricity and water.

Of course in some sunny climates, the need for the dryer can be eliminated altogether. If you find you are using you dryer just a few times a year, think of your alternatives and decide whether or not you need a dryer at all. You’ll save a lot of room and dollars on your electricity bill in the end.

Laundry alternatives
If you decide a dryer isn’t necessary and decide on using natural sunlight to dry your clothes, you will still have to factor in a solution for the days where rain, smoke or other natural washing hazards make outdoor drying impossible. A simple pole installed above the sink or washing machine will provide precious space for hanging items. Many people opt for a clothes horse in their laundry; but this solution is incredibly space hungry and can be difficult to walk past when in use. Try a concertina-style folding clothes horse mounted on the wall. Similarly, dirty clothes baskets take up a lot of space in the laundry. Replace them with free hanging bags or sacMaximising Your Laundry Spaceks that will lie flush against the wall when not in use. There are also sorters available that divide your washing into light, dark and coloured which can be very handy.

Now that you’ve changed your appliances, installed clothes hangers and placed the clothes horse on the wall, you’ll need to decide what to do with all that extra space. This comes back to the question: what do you want your laundry to be? If the answer is a practical room in which you can move about easily while washing clothes, then leave your open laundry as it is and enjoy the space. But if you still want the room to be part laundry/part storage facility, you can consider mounted cupboards for the newly vacant areas. There are many prefab options available in hardware and bulk furniture outlets, or you might consider employing a tradesperson to construct a custom cupboard set.

If you’re still not sure what to do with that cluttered laundry, there are many options available. Check out the internet and design magazines for ideas you may be able to put to use in your own home. Look for personal stories, as these are the best way to see what works and what doesn’t.

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