What Should Be in Your Utility Room? Design and Functionality Tips for Your Laundry Room

Most people agree that the heart of the home is the kitchen, but the utility or laundry room is often an unsung hero. A laundry room is largely a functional space—and it doesn’t have to be limited to the essentials, like a washer and dryer. Your utility room can house the washer and dryer as well as a sink, workspace, storage and more.

Ready to design your dream utility room? Here’s what you should consider.

Why redesign your laundry room?

Depending on your home’s current layout, you may not have enough space to get the laundry done, let alone work on other projects. A utility-conscious laundry room design is a great way to maximize the space you have. Alternatively, you may want to add a room onto your home for that exact purpose. While it doesn’t sound as fun as a brand-new kitchen, it will certainly make your life easier—and appeal to buyers if you want to sell your home later on.

Another reason to redesign your space is if you have a poor existing design. It might be difficult to move around in the space—maybe the old builder installed machines without enough clearance for the doors, no storage space and no counters. Why not make your everyday life a little easier to maneuver?

Design and functionality tips

When you’re getting ready to redesign, keep these tips in mind:

  • Washer and dryer: Consider stacking front-loading washers and dryers to get the most out of your vertical space—and free up room for counters and a laundry sink. Remember that you’ll need to choose a place where the dryer can be vented appropriately.
  • Laundry sink: Need to soak your laundry before it goes in the washer? Want a place to toss your dirty work rags and other items without affecting the clothes in the hamper? A laundry sink is a great way to add functionality—even if it’s just a convenient place to get the worst stains out.
  • Electrical requirements: Your washer and dryer may require higher voltage than your wall plugs can provide. Talk to your contractor about upgrading the electrical system when you’re redesigning. Extra lighting is also a smart choice, especially if the room lacks windows.
  • Door clearance: Make sure you can open the cabinets and washer/dryer doors, as well as the entry doors, at the same time. Otherwise, you might find yourself doing contortions as you’re working.
  • Storage: Every home can use more storage, and your laundry room is no exception. Use cabinets to store detergent, household cleaners, extra linens and cleaning supplies. It’ll keep them out of sight and in a convenient location.
  • Counter space: Finally, counter space is one of the most important laundry room essentials. Make sure you have that extra space on which to work. You’ll never have to fold and stack towels on the couch again.

Jim Cope Construction LLC is available to help with your utility or laundry room design and build. Call us today to get a quote.

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