There are two areas of the home that have been getting a lot of attention these days, the laundry room and the mudroom. Both have been getting a lot of hype as homeowners realize that these two areas can become great places to organize and store belongings.
Having the right configuration of storage, sinks, countertops, and seating can allow you to get through your day more quickly. You can find outdoor items, sports equipment, or camping gear with a well-organized mudroom when you need it. With a well-laid-out laundry room, you can treat stains, hang clothes to dry, or even store out season items. It’s become common in both of these areas to include either a sink, a countertop, or both. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
Choosing Countertop Material for Laundry Rooms
Both the mudroom and the laundry room are considered high use/utility areas in the home. The mudroom is the place the family enters directly from outdoors. It’s where boots get left, winter clothes get stored, and sports equipment is organized for a quick grab as you leave the house. Because you enter directly from outdoors, you’re tracking in sand, salt, snow, rain, mud, and other debris. This means that anything you keep in there needs to be impervious to these elements or protected from them. So, flooring, seating, and countertops all need low maintenance materials that are exceptionally durable and easy to clean.
The laundry room is where soiled clothes go to be treated and where clean clothes are sorted and stored. It’s common to have detergents, bleach, and fabric softeners stored in this area as well – any of which may spill and stain or harm certain materials. So any materials used in the laundry room are also typically low maintenance and durable. If something spills, you want to be able to clean it up quickly before it can stain nearby clothing, and you want to ensure it doesn’t harm the area it spilled on either.
Choosing a Laundry Room Countertop
There are many variables to consider when choosing a countertop, and there is no universal “best choice” for everyone and all cases. Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when choosing a laundry room countertop.
Many countertop decisions will be based on your neighbourhood. For example, a plastic laminate laundry room countertop would not be considered a luxury or upscale neighbourhood. Conversely, a high-end granite countertop, doesn’t make sense in a starter home neighbourhood. Make sure you’re putting in a countertop material that fits your neighbourhood’s profile.
Similarly, you don’t want to put in a Calacatta Borghini (about $180 per square foot!) laundry room countertop and when your home’s value is more commensurate with a budget-priced granite. You’re not likely to recoup that money, and homebuyers usually aren’t willing to pay that much more when you eventually sell.
Laundry Room Location & Design
Where is your laundry room? If it’s in a somewhat “public” place, say, it would be a good idea to go with a higher quality laundry room countertop off the kitchen, like granite. On the other hand, if it’s upstairs and no one ever goes in there, it might make more sense to choose a budget option like laminate.
The next thing to consider is the design of the laundry room. Is it a small space, with just a countertop over the washer and dryer that will be used as a folding surface? Then you might go with a wood counter. Or is it a large room with a laundry sink, dog washing station, lots of cabinets and countertop runs, and even an island? With all that water, you’ll want to pick something durable like quartz.
Ultimately, picking a countertop, no matter what room, is a balancing act of location, material, and budget.
Finally, what’s your personal preference? If you love marble and don’t mind its patina, put it in the laundry room. Want something with zero maintenance that you don’t have to worry about? Put in laminate or quartz. Hate human-made materials? Put in wood or natural stone countertop.
Laundry Room Countertop Options
One of the appeals of a fully built-out laundry room is countertop space. If you have ever sorted and folded clothes on beds, tables, and other makeshift areas, you will know the convenience of a large, smooth surface dedicated to only one thing: clothing. But which countertop material is best for your laundry room? Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Laminate is a human-made material consisting of a wood particle substrate with a printed plastic surface laminated to the top. These countertops are usually associated with the home decor trends of the 1970s.
Forget all that. Laminate has made giant leaps, style-wise. Printing technology has made incredible advances. Counters can look like natural stone, wood planks, solid colours, patterns, and even chalkboards. Nowadays, it can be hard to tell if a countertop is a laminate or another material. Laminate can be an excellent choice for a laundry room countertop.
Smooth and mostly seamless, laminate countertops work well for sorting and folding clothing.
Laminate on countertops can chip, peel, and flake. Never cut directly on the laminate. Hot irons may singe the laminate.
Laminate countertops are available in a wide range of colours and finishes, from solids to faux stone. Premium, designer-grade laminate has sharper graphics.
For the budget-sensitive laundry room remodel, laminate countertops are a wise choice. Laminate can be one of the least expensive countertop material.
Laminate countertops have a limited lifespan, especially with hard use. Colours may fade. Expect to change out your laminate counters at least once with moderate use.
- Work well for sorting and folding
- Can chip, peel, and flake easily
- Hot irons can singe the material
- Limited lifespan
Solid Surface Countertops
With smooth surfaces and invisible, flat seams, solid surface countertops provide a dedicated space for most clothing operations, except ironing.
The concrete surface is made from polyester or acrylic. Acrylic countertops can be damaged by solvents such as glues, ketones, acetones, and thinners. Solid surface scratches relatively quickly, but scratches can be sanded out with fine-grit sandpaper. Hot irons may melt solid surface materials.
Solid surface comes in a wide range of solid colours or stone looks. While solid surface’s faux stone does not have the depth of quartz countertops, still it is reasonably attractive, and homebuyers tend to covet concrete surfaces.
Solid surface is a moderately priced countertop material. Rarely is solid surface installed by the homeowner, so labour costs must be figured into the total price.
Solid surface materials last long, and scratches can be sanded down numerous times, extending concrete surfaces’ lifespan.
- It can be fixed with sandpaper
- It comes in a wide range of solid colours or stone looks
- Glues, irons, scratches can easily damage it
- It can be expensive with labour costs
Ceramic Tile Countertops
Many homeowners may find ceramic tile countertops’ numerous seams and grouting annoying when dealing with clothing. However, as long as you do nothing that requires a perfectly smooth surface, ceramic tile can provide an adequate cover.
Ceramic tile is durable, especially with hot irons. But ceramic tile also will easily crack or chip.
While ceramic tile counters are useful, they have limited aesthetic value for many homeowners.
Ceramic tile is one of the cheapest laundry room countertop materials, mainly since do-it-yourselfers can install their tile countertops.
Well-maintained ceramic tile countertops can last for decades. Do not store heavy items like large containers of laundry detergent or irons in cabinets above tile countertops.
- Durable with hot irons
- One of the cheapest options
- It can last for decades if well-maintained
- It can easily crack or chip
- Limited aesthetic value
Wood countertops flat and seam-free. Raw, natural wood that is untreated is not smooth and makes folding operations difficult. For this reason and moisture protection, always seal your wood countertops.
Wood is durable, though it can burn if a hot iron is placed on it.
Depending on the type of wood you choose, its looks can range from functional to stunning.
Wood countertops are usually moderately priced. Since do-it-yourselfers can install wood countertops, labour costs are eliminated if you go that route.
As long as they are kept sealed and dry, wood countertops will last for decades.
- Flat and seam-free
- Dynamic aesthetic value
- Natural or untreated wood can make folding difficult.
- It can be seared or burned with a hot iron.
The Best Choices for a Laundry Room Countertop
Quartz countertops are an engineered product made from mineral chips and resin. They are incredibly durable and robust and an excellent option for a laundry room countertop.
- Designs: A wide range of colours and patterns are available.
- Finish – Options of polished, matte, and textured.
- Durability: Quartz is more challenging than many granites.
- Maintenance: Quartz does not require any sealing, is non-porous, and practically impervious to stains. It’s also anti-microbial.
- Cost: Quartz can be expensive.
- Human-made material: Quartz lacks the warmth and realistic movement of a natural stone countertop for some people.
- Quartz is not heat resistant, so ironing directly on the laundry room countertop is a no-no, but that’s a simple fix with an ironing pad.
Granite is an excellent choice for a laundry room countertop. It’s beautiful and classic. Forget about the spotty granites of the past. Granite has taken on a cool and sophisticated look, especially with vein-cut slabs. There are even granites that look like more expensive counters, such as soapstone. Granite is wonderfully durable. If it’s tough enough to be used as kitchen countertops, it can certainly handle being a laundry room countertop.
- Designs – A wide range of colours and patterns.
- Finish – Options of polished, matte, and several different textures.
- Durability: Granite is one of the most challenging and most durable countertop materials available.
- Cost: Granite has a range of prices, depending on the rarity of the stone. There are many budget-friendly options.
- Some people mistakenly feel that granite is out of style or date. Not true at all! Yes, some of the busy and speckled granites of the ’90s and 00’s look dated. So do the other Tuscan-inspired “flavours” like Santa Cecilia. But granite itself is not outdated.
- Maintenance: While not wholly maintenance-free, periodic sealing is required for many granite countertops.
White marble countertops are the darlings of Pinterest & Instagram. And rightly so. The natural movement inherent in a natural stone material combined with bright and light colour palettes is spot on. Choosing a marble for a laundry room countertop often comes down to a personal preference and how you feel about marble’s patina.
- Designs: There’s a reason marble is timeless and classic. Engineered counters can’t compete with marble slabs like Calacatta Gold or White Danby.
- Finish – Options of polished, honed, and leathered.
- Cost: Marble is available at a relatively wide range of prices; Carrara is considered a budget-friendly option. Additionally, a laundry room countertop is small in most cases, so a slab remnant or a prefabricated countertop can be a very economical choice.
- Appearance: Marble will develop a patina through use. If that patina is undesirable, you will spend a lot of time and energy keeping the patina at bay. Marble may not be the best choice for you. But, if you’re ok with patina, then go for it!
- Durability: Marble is one of the less durable natural stone countertops. It can be scratched, etched and stained relatively easily. The biggest threats would come from the bleach in a laundry room: liquid laundry detergent and stain removers. Water from sinks and wet clothes placed on a marble countertop will also be opportunities for etching.
- Maintenance: Marble requires periodic sealing, or it will etch and stain. While not difficult, it is another thing on your “To Do” list.
For the most part, Beautiful Countertops Ideas focuses on natural stone countertops and their gorgeous colours and beauty. But then along comes a wood countertop. Oh, mercy! I have to say, wood looks fantastic as a laundry room countertop.
- Design: Wood counters are beautiful and can bring a lot of warmth into the room. They can even have inlaid patterns.
- It can be refinished to remove scratches and dents.
- DIY- friendly.
- Cost: It can be a very economical choice.
- Maintenance: Wood countertops will need periodic resealing.
- Durability: Small scratches and dings will happen, but that’s part of the warmth and patina. However, some finishes can make the top practically impervious to water, stains, and heat.
- In general, wood and water don’t play well together. While finishes can help, using wood as a laundry room countertop might be an uphill battle. However, if the countertop is used merely as a folding surface, wood is a great choice.
That wraps up our choices for a laundry room countertop. As you can see, there is not a single “perfect” countertop choice. All materials have their pros and cons. We hope this post helped narrow down your options.
While there are pros and cons to all countertop materials, it’s essential to pick something that can withstand the wear and tear of daily life when it comes to your laundry room. When installing laundry room countertops, be mindful of a few things:
When redesigning your laundry room, be aware of the overall layout.
Some laundry rooms have a stackable washer and dryer, while others don’t. It’s important to consider how you’d like to layout your space so that you can pick materials accordingly.
Colour coordinate your flooring, cabinets, and countertops.
A cohesive laundry room is just as crucial as a coherent kitchen. Be sure to pick colours that suit your taste but are also great for resale value.
Discuss ground rules with your family
While the countertop materials listed are incredibly durable, it’s important to discuss how they should be treated. Tell your kids to be mindful of what they drop on their way inside – chubby toys and objects aren’t ideal for your space. With a bit of mild soap and routine countertop cleaning, you will be able to keep your countertops in excellent condition. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
For laundry room countertops, laminate, and solid surface materials strike a perfect balance—looks, durability, availability, longevity, and especially, pricing. Unless you own a premium home that demands the highest grade of all materials—namely, quartz countertops—laminate and solid surface will work for a majority of the home’s laundry room countertops.