What do you think of when you hear that word laundry? Believe it or not, it can generate all kinds of responses, including insightfulness, warm fuzzies, humor and even anger, as these quotes illustrate.
- Every stain has a story.
- You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing.
- The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes.
- As I do more laundry, nudists seem less crazy.
- I finished your laundry. The ashes are in the fireplace. (Excuse me…what?)
- Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.
Who would have thought laundry could be so deep?
For most of us, laundry is that necessary part of life that keeps the world turning in clean and fresh-smelling circles. But even if it’s adorable baby clothes or sweaty uniforms for trophy-winning teens who make you proud, this “labor of love” is still work! A laundry room design from Tailored Living® can lighten the load with custom cabinets and organizational solutions that cater to your specific needs.
Step One: Assess Your Needs
Does your family have specific laundry days, or does everyone do their own on an as-needed basis? Do you have a separate laundry room or just an area off the kitchen, mudroom or in the garage? However big or small the space, you want to utilize all of it in the most efficient manner possible.
- You need space to store laundry products.
- Dirty clothes need “holding space” as well as room to sort for washing.
- Clean clothes need space for sorting, folding and hanging.
- Eliminate piles of dirty clothes on the floor or crammed into closets.
Space availability may impact how your family handles laundry. A small laundry room or area may necessitate hampers in the bedrooms/bathrooms. If you have a dedicated laundry room and all laundry goes directly there, you’ll need multiple bins and hampers to contain the dirty clothes. Hampers can be specified per individual or group-sorted to whites, darks, jeans, delicates/lingerie/hand wash, towels, dry cleaning, etc.
Laundry Tip: Notice the fabric content or washing instructions on clothes when you shop so you don’t end up with things that are too much trouble to maintain.
Step Two: Maximize Your Space with Custom Cabinets
Building custom cabinets around a washer and dryer is the best way to utilize all available space, and with our variety of colors, finishes and hardware options, you can easily match the décor in your home for style excellence. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets can also provide the bonus of general storage space for things like small appliances or bulky comforters.
- Upper shelves or cabinets keep laundry products within easy reach, including soaps, stain removers, bleach and fabric softeners.
- Roll-under or pull-out hampers can fit under countertops that provide space for folding and sorting.
- Adjustable shelves with dividers can hold clean, folded laundry until it gets put away.
- Drawers hide small items like scissors, sewing kit, mesh wash bags and sock clips, eliminating clutter.
Laundry Tip: Use separate bins or hampers for extra dirty items like pet blankets, smelly sneakers or “dirty-job” uniforms.
Step Three: Plan Sufficient Space for Drying Everything
Fabrics today require different handling. Some are dryer safe, some air-dry only, others take a spin in the dryer and then hang to finish drying, and some items should dry flat to hold their shape.
- Air-drying prevents shrinkage and saves on energy costs (the dryer) but some fabrics, like cotton and linen, may require ironing.
- Polyester and polyester and cotton blends are dryer safe or will air-dry wrinkle-free.
- Silk, wool, rayon, cashmere, spandex and Lycra, (any elasticity) should be air-dried, including bathing suits, bras, and sweaters.
- Don’t crowd wet hanging items; they need space for air to circulate.
Laundry Tip: Never return any laundry to drawers or closets if even slightly damp, it will mildew.
Step Four: Personalize Your Laundry Room
Specialty accessories that integrate with custom cabinets for ultimate functionality will help to make laundry day more efficient. Your Tailored Living designer can help you incorporate accessories to fine-tune your laundry room.
- A pull-out ironing board makes touch-ups quick and easy.
- Pull-down rods give lots of space for hanging and then fold up out of the way.
- Retractable and fold-up valet rods give additional hanging space.
Laundry Tip: Fixed hanging rods or fold-away racks can handle loads of laundry and, if space is limited, use the shower curtain rods for air drying.
Doing laundry is rarely anyone’s favorite thing, but the end result is so satisfying. And since you have to do laundry, why not do it in a beautiful, custom laundry room designed just you? Call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation. Also check out our photo galleries for custom closets, home office design, pantries, garage storage cabinets and custom flooring for additional ideas to make the business of life a little bit easier.
For more tips on laundry room design see 5 Tips for Designing an Efficient Laundry Room.