Let’s be honest here, unless things go horribly wrong with my life plan, the room in which laundry is done will be the room in which you are least likely to find me spending time. Ever. You want to see this girl, you head out to the garage where the tools are, obviously.
So yes, I do see the irony in the fact that the laundry room is at the top of the priority list for being finished. And even more irony in the fact that I’m excited to finish it, and to do laundry in it— particularly because it means not having to drive 10 miles and spend two hours with some creepy toothless guy gawking at me in the laundromat, but still having clean underwear.
All of my previous laundry experiences consisted of a washer and dryer in the basement, which gave me pretty much unlimited floor space for making mountains out of my unwashed clothes. Having a more confined laundry space on the main level of the house will be a new experience for me so I’m putting a lot of thought into it. If I don’t my clothes could theoretically spew out of the laundry room and effectively barricade two entrances to the house shut… and then next time you seem me it will be on the six o’clock news when they’re digging me out with excavation equipment.
Here’s what I’m working with…
The Blank Slate
The laundry room is a 7×9′ space located off the mudroom.
It currently looks like this:
If you look closely, you may be able to see a donkey out that window. In that respect, the laundry room actually has the most interesting view in the house.
I’ve spent a lot of time looking a pictures of laundry rooms over the last couple of days, and what I’ve discovered is that laundry rooms double as craft rooms, TV rooms, rooms to hide from everyone else in the house, rooms with couches, chairs, and wet bar, and very rarely do you actually see the laundry in the laundry room.
Here’s what I know about my laundry room:
- It will very often contain dirty laundry. Extra dirty laundry in larger quantities than are generally accepted in polite society.
- It will not contain wrapping paper, ribbon, crafts, or a television.
- I would like it to contain the cat food and water.
- I would like there to be ample places where laundry can be hastily stored when company is coming over.
- I would like there to be places for us to hang/dry necessary items.
- I would like there to be a ironing board. In all likelihood I will use the iron once every ten months, and the board itself will be folded up and put away approximately never. Easy stowing would be a plus.
Too much to ask out of a 63 square foot room? Probably.
Here are some images I found that resonated with me.
Like the color and the off-the-floor hanging rack:
Like the tall closet with fold-down ironing board and sink with tray to convert it to more counter space:
Like the open shelves, laundry baskets, and detergent scoop:
Like the subway tile and wood cabinets:
I took some of the ideas I liked the most and created possible layouts.
I started with the basics. A freestanding sink, clothes rack, full cabinet, and open shelves:
Then I went to the other end of the spectrum, putting cabinets wherever I could to create a more finished “farmhouse” look. One thing I’m taking into consideration is that it will be off of our very rustic mudroom and I don’t want it to be jarringly different, since the door will be open more likely than not.
Then I tried a hybrid of the two, planning for a full counter and some white subway tile for the backsplash, but possible open shelves below. I still tried to work a possible “hanging rack” into this design.
None of these layouts accommodate all of my “wants”, and by turn I like each of them the best, depending apparently on my mood, the number of chocolate chip cookies I’ve eaten (which is way too many, at this point), and the way the wind is blowing. I’m a fickle creature, what can I say?
I also put some quick style boards together to help me get a better feel for what each layout might look like when finished.
For the first more open, utilitarian style I fell in love with this sterling sink, and the idea of wire baskets for storage:
For the “farmhouse” option, I had to go with a brick red, and a farm style sink. I love the sink, and the color will go well with what’s planned for the mudroom, but I’m not sure about all of those cabinets:
To go with the white subway tile I liked this green, and even though I think the cabinets could go wood or stainless, I think the wood will fit better with the theme of the mudroom.
And this is the part where I give you my pitiful eyes and go…“help?” Because from moment to moment I look at each board and go “yep, that’s definitely the way I should go” and then I look at the next board and change my mind again.
Do any of these stand out as being the best option? Do you have any features that you love or hate about your own laundry space?
New Feature Alert: So I was having fun with the linky parties for a while so everyone could share their awesome ideas, until I found that the linky code was bogging the site down so bad it was like being back in the early nineties with AOL and dial-up. So I’ve added a feature that allows you to post an image in your comment, just click the link below the comment box that says “You can add images to your comment by clicking here.” Feel free to link back to or include any pictures of your own laundry room styles!
Update: So, as usual, you guys are awesome with ideas. Special shout out to Meryl from Picardy Project (yeah, she lives in a house out of a storybook) who will some day be a professional organizer. She took the time to do a quick sketch for me that I just had to share…
I love the idea of the glass fronted cabinets, even though I wanted to hide the ugly detergent bottles… I think it might be worth seeing them in something like that.
Meryl has also convinced me that the bar to the left of the upper cabinets is a good idea (I keep waffling between there and to the left of the sink.
The great think about all of your ideas is that I think I can make a lot of it myself. And that means I can procrastinate on picking out tile for the bathrooms!