laundry room

Sunny yellow laundry room with ample storage and space designed by In Detail

Let’s think about this. How much time does the average person spend in the laundry room?

Unless you are Ivana Trump or Bill Gates, probably a fair amount of time whether you want to or not. But consistently I find plans come across my desk for 5000 square foot homes, or larger, with laundry rooms that are sized way to small. One of my first goals when reviewing plans is to see where I can enlarge this much used space. I like to refer to a laundry room really as a “utility room” like many people do in other regions and the term seemed to be more common a few years ago.

After all, a well designed laundry room can be used as a  multipurpose area for doing things other than cleaning clothes. At the very least, this area should have enough room for folding clothes and storing bulky items for cleaning.

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This little laundry boasts dirty clothes bins tucked neatly away as well as ample folding space and storage for all pet supplys. Designed by In Detail
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A sink for cleaning, hanging space, and a lowered work space all make this laundry functional even thought not large. Designed by In Detail

Perhaps the vacuum, brooms and mops as well. What about recycling areas if there is no room in the kitchen. There is a plethora of  devices or gizmos you can use to help create storage solutions.

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Wow. What I would not give for this much space….

My thinking is the laundry area really should be thought of as a place for all the odds and ends of family life that need to be organized in one area. Supplys, cleaning items, kids school items that are used for projects and all the assorted and sundry tools for the household. Anything that would  not go in the garage. Of course to do this, the laundry or “utility” area must be fairly large…or at least well appointed.

One of the gizmos that a client of mine really loves is the Leifheit fold out drying rack. This retracts when not in use so really takes up very little space.

Leifheit retractable clothes line

There are literally hundreds of ways to organize your laundry area. If you have a favorite or a favorite picture, please share with me in comments section as I plan to do a follow up post later with more design details for the modern laundry space! One of the fun aspects of laundry room design is doing something a bit different from the rest of the house. No need to be sterile in the laundry.

stackable washer and dryer
Often I recommend my clients use a full size stackable washer and dryer because this can allow for more space for storage or folding. Pix from Exterior Interior Design
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What a great color and check out the desk in here. FAR better idea than placing in the kitchen. As long as you have enough space. Pix from Exterior Interior Design

Make it a happy place to be with bold colors and fun fabrics. I love some of the following laundry rooms! Makes me want to run down a wash a load of clothes!

What is your favorite gizmo or organizational tool or idea for the laundry/utility space? Please Share!!

This is my favorite I think! Pix from exterior-interiordesign