Don’t Start Your Laundry Renovation Until You Read This

December 12, 2014

Are you thinking of renovating your laundry?

Before you start the renovation of your Laundry you need think about what goes on in the Laundry:

  • Collecting dirty clothes and linen
  • Sorting your washing
  • Washing
  • Drying
  • Folding
  • Ironing

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Then consider what you actually do in the laundry

  • Lifting of wet clothes and linen
  • Store Cleaning and chemical products
  • Cleaning the dryer of lint
  • Ironing and hot irons
  • Noise with washing machine and dryer

Location

The laundry will have noise, humidity and water. Unless you are building a new home then you cannot move your laundry. Because there is noise involved it is best that your laundry is located close to the outside and away from sleeping or living areas so you don’t disturb people.

Layout

As we mentioned previously the tasks you will do in the laundry include sorting, washing, drying, folding, ironing. To get the best out of your laundry then your layout should make this workflow easy and simple, and one should lead into another.

Your sorting area should lead to your washing then drying, then folding and airing of clothes and finally ironing.

Some tips to help the work flow:

  • Go from the washer to the dryer to the countertop for folding.
  • A clothes rod to the right of the dryer offers space for hanging items.
  • If you are having the dryer on top of the washing machine a pull out drawer between the two is very handy for putting your laundry basket whilst transferring wet clothes from the washing machine to your dryer.
  • Shelves above the washer and dryer keep laundry products within easy reach.
  • A laundry sink for hand-washing delicates is within steps of the washer/dryer duo.
  • Minimum steps, maximum efficiency.

Layout Measurements

  • Your washing machine will require drains and hot and cold water.
  • For loading and unloading allow up to 105cm in front of your washing machine and dryer. This will allow you walk around them without bumping into them.
  • For front loading machines you will need more so check the size of the door when opened.
  • You can stack your dryer on your washing machine which will save you space if you have a small laundry. This is a good option if you have trouble bending.
  • Front loaders are more accessible to wheelchair users.
  • A good idea is to install the dryer at least 38cm above the floor to make unloading and loading easier.

Wet Area

This is where your washing machine and sink are located to help with plumbing and keep this area compact

Dry Area

Consider installing a clothing rod next to your dryer to hang items to air-dry. Immediately hang permanent press items to keep them from wrinkling.

A place for an ironing board (stand-alone or pull-out) close to the dryer and air-dryer is a good idea if you need to quickly iron something.

Folding

Your benchtop needs to be close to your dryer either directly above or next to it. This will give you a place to fold your clothes as they come out of the dryer.

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Hanging

Your laundry needs a place to hang clothes straight from the dryer or for delicate items that you like to air-dry (if not using your clothes line).

Similar to your wardrobe sturdy clothes rods are good and there needs to be enough space for clothes hangers.

If space is limited then consider a wall-mount clothing valet. It will fold down to hold the hangers and then can be folded up when you are finished.

 Organized

As with anything if you are organized then it will flow easier.

  • Have all your laundry detergents, softeners all together plus back up stocks so you know when you are running low. You know how bad you feel if you run out of detergent in the middle of a big wash. Not happy.
  • Keep your store bleach and other chemicals high enough so young children cannot reach. Consider child proof locks.

Ironing

A built-in ironing board saves space and hassle. Have a power point handy plus consider an extra light to just highlight the ironing area.

Lighting

Natural light is good and the preferred option.

Task lighting for work areas is the best option. Consider the lighting of your benchtop area as you will need light to match socks and to check stains for pre-treatment.

task lighting

Remember lighting to be directed at your washing machine or dryer to check that nothing is left inside.

Surfaces

Tiles are good for the floor for when you have to use the mop.

Smooth surfaces for the benchtop are the best so that you prevent snags when folding clothes.

Handy tips for your laundry

  • Minimise bending so that you protect yourself
  • Keep all cleaning products and chemicals together and away from children.
  • If using a dryer having a good circulation of air will help. During days when you use the dryer there will be a lot of humidity and heat.
  • Remember to clean your dryer of lint.
  • Keep all your wet areas together to help with plumbing.
  • Minimise having to move washing around too much, have a logical workflow.

As with any renovation in your home then a little thought and planning before you start will save you a lot during the project.

As with the kitchen and bathroom the laundry combines water, electricity and heat. So a logical and simple workflow will make sure you get the best out of your new laundry.

The idea of a renovation should be to improve your lifestyle so that you can enjoy the finer parts of your life. Good luck with your next renovation project.

 Have a great week.

Talk soon….




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