Renovating Your Laundry – What You Need to Know
Many homeowners take their laundry room for granted. It is simply a utilitarian space, and the less time they need to spend in it, the better. But there’s no reason why the laundry room can’t be as inviting as any other room in the house.
The laundry room is probably a small space, so storage is at a premium. As in a kitchen renovation, cabinets, drawers, shelves, baskets and bins can all be put to imaginative use. But first, the washer and the dryer need to be considered during laundry renovations Perth.
Washing machines are top loaded or front loaded. Front loaded washing machines tend to be more efficient and gentler on clothes because they tumble them instead of using an agitator, which can stress the fabric. They also use less water and less energy in order to heat the water. On the other hand, top loaders tend to be less expensive, and they cycle faster than front loaders. A not insignificant advantage is that they let the homeowner stop the cycle to add that forgotten piece of clothing or dirty towel. Dryers are simply perforated drums that dry the clothes using gusts of hot air as they rotate. Washers and dryers are now stackable to save space.
Cleanliness is a priority in a laundry room. Ideally, it should get plenty of natural light and have a water resistant floor. Ceramic tiles are ideal. Everything needs to be easily accessible. One idea is to place shelves right above the washer and dryer if they are positioned side by side. The shelves can hold jugs of laundry detergent, bleach, irons, rolls of paper towels, latex gloves and a metal bin or two to hold whiteners such as baking soda, white vinegar and enzyme presoaks. Collapsible shelves can be used to fold clothes in smaller laundry rooms.
If the room isn’t big enough to hold a full sized ironing board, the ironing board can fold out of the wall or can be hung on a rack. Some of these racks also accommodate irons. Again, if there’s room, slop sinks are great addition to laundry renovations Perth. These deep sinks are used for presoaking, hand-washing and stain removal. The room should also be equipped with drying racks for items that are a bit too fragile for the dryer. These racks are foldable, and in a small space they can, like the ironing board, be attached to the wall and folded out when needed.
Rolling carts such as those found in commercial launderettes make sorting clothes a cinch. There should be at least two, one for whites and one for colours, and ideally a third for hand-washables. Make sure the bins are labeled. Each family member should have their own basket that can be easily carried to the laundry room on wash day.
There’s no reason not to add a comfortable chair or two to take a break in while the clothes are in the washer or dryer. A beautiful, renovated laundry room can make wash day a pleasure.