Where you do your laundry directly affects what you think of the task. Can we love doing laundry? Maybe. Chances are better if we have an easily accessible, organized, and visually appealing space to do the job. Today we have more choices than ever, so here are the ups and downs of where to put a laundry room in your home. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
Sometimes it feels like there are never-ending chores in keeping a home well run. Dishes to be washed, grass to be mowed, and especially laundry to be washed. Having a conveniently placed washer and dryer can not only make your life easier but can also boost your home’s value. So, where exactly is the best place to put laundry in your home?
The most luxurious place for a laundry room
If you’re lucky enough to be able to devote an entire spare bedroom to laundry, you’re way ahead of the curve in the design world. A whole large room solely dedicated to laundry is the ultimate in luxury. This space will beg for luxuriously expensive countertops and full-sized closet cabinets to house everything from ironing boards to clean sheets.
Behind the door condo laundry room
In-suite laundry is one of the main attractions for condo owners. No long-distance lugging, you open a closet door, and there it is, ready to go. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have function and form. Properly configured, built-in cabinetry can make all the difference between ease and struggle.
Pullout counters for folding clothes, sheets and towels and smaller-scale Ironing boards that pop out of drawers make most laundry wish lists these days. Narrow spaces between machines can transform into the slide pantry drawers for soaps, detergents and dryer sheets. No space is too small for the organization.
Basement laundry rooms
For some, a basement laundry room is still the best choice. But you don’t have to settle for dingy, dark and dungeon-like. Sparkling, recessed overhead lighting and under-cabinet LED strip lighting turn your room into a task-ready yet modern space. Don’t be afraid to splurge on high-end finishes for the cabinetry, countertops, backsplash and floors. Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Every laundry room can benefit from a deep sink but go beyond the big plastic box store models, invest in stainless steel or retro porcelain sinks; the deeper, the better. To make the ultimate style statement choose a faucet with a pull-down spout and multiple function spray head. It’s an inexpensive way to add high-style and function. Finally, with a great range of colour choices in front-loading machines, you can turn a dreary duty into a welcome activity.
Whether it’s a corner, windowless room or a large portion of your basement, planning how to best use space and investing in it will keep it functioning well for a long time.
Best Places for Laundry
The great thing about building a custom home is that you can design a dedicated laundry room. Having a functional and aesthetically pleasing laundry room can make such a mundane chore easier. It’s a dedicated space to have everything you need for laundry, from the machines to the cleaning supplies. If you have space, we highly recommend including a laundry room. A good tip is to place it near the bedrooms, as this is where most laundry accumulates.
Mudrooms and laundry rooms are two separate areas, but people are combining them to save on space. This puts the washer and dryer farther away from the bedrooms, but it combines all the messy stuff in your home in one spot, which is excellent. A combined laundry and mudroom is perfect if you have kids into sports!
This is more debatable, but some people opt to have their washer machine right in their bathroom. Most often, this is in the master bathroom as it’s the adults typically doing the laundry. The plus side is that you can toss them in the machine right after you take off your clothes to bathe. There are some downsides, though, like the fact that it eats space in the bathroom; if someone uses the room, you can’t do laundry, and it can be not quiet.
Worst Places for Laundry
In Europe, it’s widespread to find washers in kitchens. You’d be hard-pressed to find one, not in a kitchen. While this is great in tight space, it’s not a well-received design in North America. People don’t want their clean clothes, smelling like food. There’s also an increased risk of clean clothes getting stains. Plus, it can be not quiet when running, and it takes up precious kitchen space. If you do put your washer and dryer in the kitchen, try to hide them in a cabinet!
Historically, laundry machines were found in basements. This was the most commonplace for them early on, but these days’ people can’t stand such an inconvenient location. Lugging a heavy basket of laundry up and down basement steps isn’t fun, even if it is a finished basement. It’s best to aim for laundry on the main or second level.
In Canada, garage laundry isn’t as common just because so few people have garages. However, this is a popular location in other areas of North America. It’s not a great one, though. Garages aren’t insulated, so having to do laundry in a hot or cold room makes it even less fun. Garage areas are also dirty, which increases the risk that your clean laundry will get dirty as well. Outdoor laundry can also hurt your home’s value, so it’s best to avoid it.
Laundry Room Locations
What’s the best place for your washer and dryer? I’m a fan of putting them near bedrooms and bathrooms where there is easy access to where dirty clothes are taken off, and clean clothes are stored. But there are also some benefits to locating the laundry room in other parts of the house, such as near the kitchen, in a mudroom, in a hallway closet, or even a basement. This week we’ll talk about the benefits and disadvantages of locating your laundry room in different areas of the house.
Let’s start with the place that became popular for washers and dryers back when most women were housewives and didn’t work outside of the home…
Off the Kitchen
Because much of a woman’s day was spent in and around the kitchen, home builders often located the laundry room off the kitchen to multitask and wash and dry clothes between other tasks like cooking and cleaning the kitchen.
If you spend lots of time in and around the kitchen cooking, cleaning, hanging out, and helping your kids while they’re doing homework at the kitchen island, then locating your laundry room off the kitchen could be the best place for you, for the exact reason it was a good idea for homemakers back in the day: multitasking. With your laundry room near the kitchen, you can get loads of laundry done (see that play on words?) while you’re doing other things. And you’ll be within earshot of the washer and dryer buzzer, so you’ll know immediately when cycles have ended, and you can transfer clothes.
As convenient as having the washer and dryer near the kitchen can be for some people, it’s not the most suitable location for those who spend little time in the kitchen. And if your home has two or more stories, putting your laundry room on the main floor, off the kitchen means you’ll have to go up and down the stairs to get to upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms for clothing, linen storage and hampers. A laundry chute could help get the clothes down to the main floor laundry room, but you’ll still have to carry clean clothes back upstairs.
Another disadvantage? Washers and dryers can be loud, and that noise could interfere with your kitchen conversations, quiet homework time or music, podcasts, or tv shows that you enjoy while in your kitchen. To help with the noise, you can have soundproofing fibreglass or mineral wool insulation installed around the laundry area.
Many laundry rooms off the kitchen are located in mudrooms adjacent to the kitchen. So let’s talk more specifically about having the washer and dryer in the mudroom.
In a Mudroom
Putting the washer and dryer in the mudroom, whether the mudroom is near the kitchen or not, is a favourite location for many designers and homeowners. A mudroom/laundry room combination is efficient for homes where family members get particularly dirty from work, sports or hobbies. Those grubby clothes can be taken off and put immediately into the washer before those family members can track that dirt through the rest of the house. And for those who live in rainy or snowy climates, unsoiled but wet clothing can go directly into a mudroom dryer.
Putting the washer and dryer in the mudroom makes a lot of sense since the mudroom is dedicated to the storage of soiled items such as shoes. Plus, the mudroom is typically out of view of guests, so having a couple of piles or baskets of laundry on the mudroom floor isn’t a big deal if you have enough floor space.
A laundry room/mudroom combo seems like a no brainer. But for some people, it might not work so well— if your mudroom is far away from most bedrooms, for example. Taking clothes up and down stairs or to the other side of the house could make laundry a chore that you dread even more. A mudroom/laundry room combination might also be a bad idea if you don’t like the idea of intermingling muddy boots with clean clothes. But keep in mind that if you have enough space in the mudroom, you can have a separate area dedicated to hanging, drying, and folding clean clothes.
Now we’ve covered washers and dryers off the kitchen. Have you ever thought about putting your washer and dryer in the kitchen?
In the Kitchen
Locating the washer and dryer directly in the kitchen is popular in parts of Europe and in tiny homes that don’t have space for a separate laundry area. Sometimes, especially in Europe, a single combination washer and dryer unit is placed under the counter. This combination unit washes and dries. Many of these combo units are the size of a standard dishwasher, so they easily fit under a standard countertop. Washer dryer combos are expected not only in Europe but also in Asia and on houseboats and RVs.
You can also put a standard-sized washer and dryer in a kitchen closet. My washer and dryer were in a kitchen closet when I lived in a small townhouse in Virginia. It wasn’t ideal, but it allowed me to do laundry in my own home instead of going to the laundromat. You can also consider hiding the washer and dryer behind cabinetry for a streamlined look.
Putting the laundry area in the kitchen is a budget-friendly option since water lines are already in that space. It’s an excellent solution for those on a tight budget, those building very small or tiny homes, or for single people or couples who don’t do much laundry.
One of the most significant disadvantages of putting the washer and dryer in the kitchen is that there is often not enough space to do laundry comfortably. Because the kitchen is often the hub of the home, the floor space needed for baskets and piles of sorted laundry can block traffic going into and out of the kitchen. Plus, the washer and dryer will take up valuable storage and prep space that could be used for countertops and cupboards. Finally, you might have to buy smaller, compact units to fit into your kitchen, which could be okay if there is only one or two of you in the house, but not practical for larger families.
In a Hallway Closet
Hallways are an excellent place to locate the washer and dryer because hallways are often centrally located near bedrooms and bathrooms, where clothes storage and hampers are found. Hallway washers and dryers are a great space-saving option. And hallway laundry closets are convenient for those who don’t spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Plus, this location is very convenient if you have kids, so as they get older, they can easily do their laundry (let them practice adulting).
The most significant disadvantage is putting your washer and dryer in a hallway because you won’t have a lot of room to sort dirty laundry or store clean piles of laundry until you have time to fold. And there isn’t a ton of space for folding. Piles of laundry in a hallway can block traffic and be seen by visitors.
If your hallway laundry room is on the main floor and most of your bedrooms are on another floor, you could be taking several trips up and down the stairs. For that reason, If you can, choose a hallway that’s near most of your occupied bedrooms.
Lastly, noise from the washer and dryer could disturb napping children or studying teens. Sound dampening insulation can again help in this situation.
In or Off the Master Suite
One of the newest places that I’ve seen laundry rooms in recent years. If only you or only you and a spouse or partner will live in your new home, locating the laundry room off the master bedroom suite is one of the most suitable locations you can choose. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time in your master suite.
You might choose to locate the washer and dryer in a laundry room off the master bedroom or bathroom or directly in the master closet. It doesn’t get much easier than taking your clothes from your master bedroom or bathroom hamper, turning a corner and putting those dirty clothes in the washer. Then simply pulling clothes out of the dryer, folding them and walking a few steps to put them away.
This is not the best option if you tend to do laundry late at night because the noise may wake up your spouse or partner. Again, soundproofing insulation will help with this.
Putting the home’s laundry room in your master suite area may not work for your household if you have children who are, or will soon be, old enough to do their laundry. You wouldn’t want your kids cutting through your bedroom or bathroom every time they want to wash clothes. However, you could do it to locate the laundry room in a space that is accessible from your master area and a public space like a hallway. That way, children can quickly get to the washer and dryer without disturbing you.
Alternatively (and this is one of my favourite options if you have the budget), you can have a laundry room in your master suite area and put a second washer and dryer in a hall or bathroom closet near your children’s rooms. This would work exceptionally well if you build a forever home and have older children moving out in the not-so-distant future. That way, you’ll have the convenience of your master laundry area forever, and you can sell the kid’s washer and dryer once they’ve moved out. Or you can leave their washer and dryer there so when they are adults; they will have the option of doing laundry in their own space whenever they visit.
In the Bathroom
In Europe and Asia, where space is not as plentiful as it is in the US, it’s not unusual to find a washer and dryer or washer/dryer combo unit inside a bathroom. If you don’t have a lot of extra space, this might be the right solution for you too. You can hide units inside a bathroom closet, so the appliances don’t get a lot of unwanted visual attention.
A guest bathroom, kid’s bathroom or oversized powder room could all work. And remember, this might be the perfect solution for a second laundry area if you want your main washer and dryer to be close to your master suite.
Since there is limited space in most bathrooms, a laundry area inside a bathroom is not ideal for busy bathrooms shared by several family members, for small bathrooms where a basket of laundry could significantly block traffic, or if doing laundry near the toilet grosses you out.
In the Basement
The basement became the default laundry area many decades ago. With little consideration for practicality, many homeowners put their washer and dryer in the basement because there is plenty of extra space there and because that’s what everybody else did. A finished basement can be an excellent option for a laundry room. It’s out of the way of guests and family traffic, and you don’t have to worry about the units’ noise (unless you have bedrooms in the basement).
But if you have a spooky, dark and dingy basement, there is no fun doing laundry down. Then, there is the impracticality of going up and down one and often two flights of steps to get to hampers, dressers, and closets. And because basement washers and dryers are often far away from where you spend most of your time, you will not be able to hear buzzers when the cycles end quickly.
Some people like having the washer and dryer in the basement— usually, people have always had a basement laundry room. And that’s fine. Do what works for you. But consider making the space bright and pretty with lighting and decor, so doing laundry is not so dreaded. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
As with everything, choose an option that will work best for your current and future household situations. But let’s be grateful that we even have to make this choice. Because if you’ve ever had to go to a laundromat regularly, you can appreciate having a washer and dryer anywhere in your house.