There’s a blog entry here about laundry design, and the text has some useful points so I thought I would link to it. However, though the photos are very pretty, – how many people have room like this in their laundry room? Not many. I found this blog entry more useful in terms of photos as they had some realistically, sized rooms. Another great photo article is this one by Southern Living magazine.
My laundry room does not have a window and is long and narrow (think galley style kitchen) at 5′ 6″ wide and 9′ long. It’s a difficult place for two people to work or even to put in/take out the laundry because with a basket you can barely turn around. There is no option to expand it so I need to work with what I have.
Needs: easier access to move in Washer and Dryer on pedestals; ironing board; hanging space for clothes; storage for detergents and cleaning; kitty door; wall decor so you can feel better when stuck in there doing laundry; redoing paint and baseboard to match the new plan for the downstairs.
UPDATE! ~ See the finished laundry room here…
~ Remove door and store
~ Rip out existing shelves, utility cabinet, bead board and base molding.
~ Replaster walls.
~ Bakers Rack – purchased off CL and ready to go.
Washer and Dryer Front Load on pedestal/platform
~ Fix floor by putting in missing tiles.
~ replace base molding painted Valspar’s Chefs White
~ replace lighting fixture. With the low ceiling, it needs to hug the ceiling. Also when the box was installed, the electrician put it close to the vent, so a square or circular fixture won’t work in this area so I’ve opted for a track lighting system. This would allow light to be more even through the narrow space.
I like this one because the curve makes me think of waves. From the reviews it sounds like the first choice doesn’t provide as much overall illumination and is more task oriented:
~ Art. White Starfish 24×36. Beach view Gordmans. Or colorful flower paintings from Garden Ridge?? Ended up going with the photo pop picture I found at Gordmans, $23 cheaper then the same at Garden Ridge, and in better condition!
Frame bulletin board.
Below you can see how much room the W/D set takes up (drawings are to scale). The item to the left labeled BR is the Bakers’ Rack. I opted for this piece of furniture because it would be easy to remove and gain access to the W/D or to move them in and out.
It also provides a decorative view as you walk down the hallway – as this hallway, prior to entering the laundry room, has a door off the right into the downstairs powder room.
In this front profile view, it’s clear there is no room for cabinets. I’ve measured out the height room on the baker rack shelves so I can decide what storage bins to buy or if I can fit a lamp on the desk/draw platform. The upper right shows where the pole for hanging clothes will remain across the short end of that wall.