Laundry Renovation

Where should a laundry room be located in a house?

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    The constant chore of doing laundry includes figuring out what to do with dirty clothes, washing, drying, and folding them before putting them away. The location of the laundry room is frequently an afterthought, despite the fact that doing laundry is something that we do on a daily basis.

    Main Considerations

    Locating a laundry room can be difficult. Your laundry room must balance seemingly contradictory factors. It should be convenient but not noisy. It should be big enough for large appliances and clothes, but not so big that it takes up living space. Your laundry room must tap into difficult-to-move utilities and access points. You want laundromat placement flexibility.

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    Utilities

    The location of the utilities is the single most important aspect to consider when deciding where to put your laundry room among the many possibilities. It will save you a significant amount of money, time, and aggravation if you position a laundry room so that it is either adjacent to or in close proximity to electrical and plumbing points, as well as a venting location.

    Electrical

    There is no such thing as a gas dryer that does not also require electricity. Electrical outlets with three prongs and 120 volts are typically required for gas dryers. Electric dryers require a 240V, 30-amp electric outlet. Electrical outlets rated for 15 or 20 amps, 120 volts and only alternating current (AC) are required for washing machines. These electrical hookups ought to be located between four and six feet away from the various appliances. Every source of electricity must have a grounding system, and every outlet must have three prongs.

    Plumbing (Water Supply)

    Washing machines need access to both hot and cold water valves, water that is clean and free of corrosion, and that is within six feet of where the washer is going to be hooked up.

    Drain System

    A drain system is necessary for washers, and it can come in the form of a floor drain, wall standpipe, floor standpipe, or even a laundry tub.

    Ducting

    Every dryer has to have a vent that goes to the outside, either through an exterior wall or the roof. Some rigid metal ducts that have no bends in them can extend out to the exterior for a distance of up to 120 feet. However, the best rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that the dryer duct is as short and as straight as it can possibly be.

    Gas

    Dryers that run on natural gas must be hooked up to a line that runs on natural gas; connections to liquid propane are not permitted.

    Space

    Plan on utilising a space that is at least 30 inches wide and 35 inches deep for each machine. To accommodate the dryer vent, add another five and a half inches of space behind the dryer.

    Sturdy, Level Floor

    Your laundry room's floor needs to be able to withstand at least 200 pounds of weight without becoming damaged. In addition to this, you will need to take into consideration the overall weight of the appliance with its companion. It is important to make sure that the slope of the floor is no more than 1 inch across the width of the appliance.

    Convenience

    It is inconvenient and adds even more work to laundry day if the laundry room is located in a location that is too far away from the living and working areas of the home, such as the kitchen. Make sure that the laundry room is located within a reasonable distance of the areas of the house where you work and relax.

    Safety Concerns

    If you correctly set up and maintain your washer and dryer, safety shouldn't be an issue. Maintain a clean, clear, and flowing dryer vent. Install stackable washers and dryers correctly to prevent tipping. If you have trouble carrying bulky, heavy clothes, choose a laundry room on the ground floor.

    Layout Options

    Layout also affects location. Long and narrow galley-style laundry rooms use the least space and work well off the kitchen. This layout has limited workspace.

    L-shaped and U-shaped laundry rooms offer the most placement, storage, and working space options. L-shaped rooms need more space for an extra countertop and cabinets. For a U-shaped laundry room, you'll need more space for cabinets and countertops, plus a folding table in the middle.

    Laundry Space Options

    Laundry Renovation

    The laundry room dimensions page explores different layout options for different sizes of laundry spaces:

    Of course, it is possible that you will find it more convenient to have laundry rooms located throughout the house (appliances, drying, ironing and folding taking place in different locations)

    The size of your household and the number of people living there will help you determine how much space you require for laundry, as well as which of these two different types of laundry spaces will be most suitable for your needs.

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    Dedicated Laundry Room

    If your home already has a room that is specifically designed for doing laundry and has all of the necessary hookups, moving your laundry area there is the best course of action. The laborious and pricey work of establishing drainage, electrical, and water supply points has already been done for you. This means that you won't have to worry about any of it.

    If you are having second thoughts about putting your laundry room in this area, it is typically more convenient and cost-effective to address the issues that are causing you to have second thoughts rather than moving the laundry room to a new location. Consider tearing down a wall to make room for additional washing machines and dryers if the current laundry area is too cramped. Consider installing a solid soundproof door in place of the interior hollow-core door if the room is located near a calmer section of the building.

    Near the bedrooms

    The laundry room should be near the bedrooms because that's where the laundry is stored and used. This reduces back-and-forth transport of dirty and clean laundry and keeps the chore out of sight. Would someone be able to sleep while a load ran? If the bedrooms aren't on the main floor, you'll have to climb stairs multiple times.

    If you've gone for a laundry location near the bedrooms, you could put it.

    • in the master closet
    • in a corridor, landing or hallway near the bedrooms
    • In the family bathroom

    Near bedroom pros

    The majority of dirty clothes come from people undressing, which typically takes place in bedrooms and bathrooms, which are frequently found in close proximity to one another. Because of its location, the amount of carrying that is required is reduced here. A room that is close to the sleeping quarters will give the impression that it is an integral part of the house rather than a simple utility room.

    Near bedroom cons

    Putting the appliances in a bathroom makes them less likely to be damaged in the event of a flood, but this risk can still be reduced to some extent. When bringing dirty laundry through the house to the laundry room, there is the potential for a mess to be made if some of the laundry items to be brought are particularly filthy. It would be a problem if you used the laundry appliances at night because they make a lot of noise.

    Near a Kitchen

    The kitchen is where we spend most of our time, so it makes sense to put the laundry there. Water lines are available, and the units can be hidden behind cabinets with storage and a sorting/folding countertop. This can take up valuable work and storage space, and everyone in the kitchen will hear it. Can someone fold laundry while you cook?

    Placing the laundry room next to the kitchen gives you all the above benefits while keeping it out of sight, improving experience and productivity. Having a mudroom, butler's pantry, or garage near the kitchen helps with privacy and noise.

    These are typical laundry room locations. Any space with plumbing can work, including bathrooms and spare bedrooms (especially when incorporating soundproofing techniques).

    Near the kitchen pros

    In the same way that you can see the other things in the kitchen, you can also see the laundry. In homes where there is room for both a laundry room and a butler's pantry, the laundry room often serves both functions.

    Near the kitchen cons

    Transporting between the bedrooms, bathrooms, and the linen closet on foot. It's possible that you'll have trouble with noise in your home if the main living area is also close to the laundry room.

    Mudroom or Family Entrance

    On house plans and floor plans, the laundry room is frequently positioned in a transitional space such as the mudroom or the corridor next to the home's family entrance. This is a common layout choice.

    In the mudroom or family entrance pros

    Gear that is dirty, sweaty, or wet can be discarded right away at the location where it will be washed. I would also suggest installing a shower in the mudroom, in the event that this is the case in your home.

    In the mudroom or family entrance cons

    It's common practise to let pets in through the family entrance or the mudroom. In my opinion, animals and freshly washed clothes do not mix. Carrying the majority of the laundry from and back to the bedrooms and linen closets is a necessary part of doing the laundry.

    Basement

    Basements offer more space than the ground floor or upper levels for laundry rooms. Putting the laundry room in the basement saves space upstairs. In case of flooding, water is contained in the basement.

    This is the traditional Midwest laundry room location because it's hidden and quiet. Tables, lighting, and storage around the washer and dryer create a productive basement workspace. As we age, climbing and descending stairs (often with a load) can be difficult. It's illogical to keep laundry far from clothes and linens.

    Basement Pros

    You and your guests won't be required to stare at the laundry, and you won't have to worry about feeling rushed to clean up the mess if you have guests over. It is common practise for builders to instal laundry connections in basements as a matter of course. As a result, even if your basement is unpleasant, you can make it a little nicer by making some simple updates around the washer and dryer. Things like lighting, cabinets, paint, and a plush rug can go a long way towards making a space feel less intimidating.

    Basement Cons

    The dilemma that arises from having the laundry room on the second floor is also present in homes with basements, as was mentioned earlier. You will have to make multiple trips up and down a flight of stairs. If you are busy, you run the risk of forgetting to check on the load because you won't hear the buzzer because you will have to make multiple trips up and down the stairs.

    Hallway

    It is a great way to save space and, given that bedrooms and bathrooms are frequently located off of a hallway, it is also a very convenient location to put the washer and dryer in question. When you put them away in a closet, you can hide them from view and reduce the amount of noise they make by shutting the doors.

    Congestion in the hallway will likely occur while you are attending to the laundry, and there might not be enough room for both a folding surface and a laundry hamper. This is a disadvantage.

    Hallway Pros

    If you don't have a lot of room in other areas, this is a great alternative for you to consider. It works really well for people living in condos, for single people, for childless couples, and for anyone else who doesn't mind having their laundry out in the open. Because hallways are typically situated in the middle of a house, they bring you closer to the bedrooms, the laundry room, and the bathroom, all of which can be reached more quickly.

    Hallway Cons

    Laundry is space-consuming. Hallways are high-traffic areas where you need to bend down, open doors, and set down a hamper. If you have a narrow hallway, bifold doors, and laundry piled in front of the machines, you have a choke point, and it will be hard for others to walk up and down the hall.

    Consider how often you'll need to go up and down the stairs to sort and load laundry if your hallway and bedrooms are on a floor other than the main floor, where you spend most of your time. Will you forget to switch loads if the machines are out of earshot? Will the noise disturb naps?

    And storage. Where will you store soap, fold clean clothes, and sort laundry if the machines are in a closet? This may not be a big deal if you live alone, but for large families it's not ideal.

    Washers need cold and hot water, electricity, a drain, and outside venting. Costs can add up quickly when moving all this equipment.

    Laundry Design Considerations

    On the laundry room design page, we discuss what makes a good laundry, and some points deal with laundry room location. Why, who, when, where, and what. These questions affect laundry room design.

    • Laundry? Themselves.
    • What's your laundry schedule? One thing is a couple doing one or two loads per week. That's another if you have six. The more laundry you do, the more accessible it should be.
    • You do laundry when? This question is important because of laundry noise. In some countries, it's cheaper to run appliances at night, so you don't want the noise drifting into bedrooms.
    • Where is laundry dried? If you want to dry your clothes outside, you'll need a balcony or other outdoor space. Set up a well-ventilated indoor drying system.
    • Wassup? Your laundry may include heavily soiled or wet items like rugby gear, pet equipment, or wetsuits, which may affect where you locate your laundry room. If the stairs get dirty and wet, dirty laundry could be carried upstairs. Hitch Property Constructions offers
    • Melbourne laundry renovations.
    • How should laundry feel? Location can affect a room's vibe. Your laundry room may feel like a working space or a pleasant place to do work. Location can make your laundry feel like an outhouse or a luxurious bathroom.

    FAQs About Laundry Room

    Considering where the bulk of laundry is stored and used, it makes sense to put the laundry room near bedrooms. This would cut down on transporting dirty and clean laundry back and forth, and keeps the chore out of sight in the more private part of the home.

    Placing your laundry center in the kitchen makes it simple to do a quick load of wash while preparing a meal or cleaning up. Blend your laundry area with your kitchen by hiding it behind a set of doors. Here, even when the doors are open, the clean white washer and dryer set matches the color scheme of the kitchen.

    Best is to find a closet or small area that is adjacent to your kitchen or a bathroom. This will help you save money because there is already existing plumbing in these areas, so you will not need to create plumbing for your washer. Also, the ideal laundry room layout will have wet and dry zones

    The average laundry room size for most houses in the US is 54 square feet (6ft x 9ft). This space is enough to accommodate at least three laundry features, like laundry machines and storage units. Take into account the clearance spaces around these pieces, especially if you have a front-load washing machine.

    Locating the laundry room on an outside wall ultimately depends on your appliances. Gas dryers always need to be vented to the outdoors, while electric dryers have indoor venting options. Consider the proximity to the outdoor wall for simplicity of the dryer's vent installation.

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