Off the Kitchen Let’s start with what many designers say is the best location for a laundry room: off the kitchen in its own room. Pros: The logic is that most people spend the bulk of their time in the kitchen, and kitchens tend to be on the main level of the house — also where most of our time is spent. So locating the washer and dryer near the kitchen makes sense. That way if you’re cooking, cleaning, watching TV or helping your kids do homework, you’re within earshot of that dryer buzzer and can quickly stay on top of the loads. “You do it where people live, so you can actually use it,” Padvaiskas says. The laundry room shown here is right off a kitchen and includes a pantry, mudroom and powder room.
Soaking Sink A laundry room sink is so handy for soaking stained clothing or hand-washing delicates. Noelle Interiors included a large farmhouse sink with wall-mounted faucets to fit right in with the transitional style of this Los Angeles laundry room. Cabinet paint: Outer Space, Dunn-Edwards Paints
Hamper and Basket Storage Alan Clark Architects flanked the machines in this Atlanta laundry room with storage spaces. A rolling hamper can sort and neatly store dirty clothing on one side. On the other there are laundry baskets to help organize folded clean clothes. The modern farmhouse-style barn lights overhead provide nice lighting for folding the clothes on the concrete counter.
Elevated Ergonomics Elevating front-loading appliances means less bending over, making it more comfortable to load and unload the laundry. This is also a good strategy for those who wish to age in place. For this sleek design in Vancouver, Lida Homes took advantage of the space beneath the machines to add two large drawers.
Freestanding Storage While built-ins and custom cabinetry are great, it’s also nice to see some easy storage solutions homeowners can do themselves. In this Washington, D.C., laundry room by Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, freestanding utility shelves provide a space for folded clothing, extra towels, baskets of laundry supplies and more.