McDreamy: Your New Laundry Room

ProSource | 7/12/2016 | Project Tips

Who knew you could have so much fun with a laundry room. Nowadays, the footprint of the space you have is about the only limit on how much joy you can have.

Search for laundry room images. Many will leave you wanting to set up a little reading/coffee/yoga nook there. That’s how much you’ll want to hang out in these spaces.

How about your laundry area? Is it somewhere you enjoy going? Or, is it so bad that you toss in dirty clothes and shut the door before you cry. Do you feel like doing laundry is penance for some past-life crime?

If it’s time to make your dream laundry room a reality, come see us. Your ProSource Showroom team can show you how to configure the perfect-for-you laundry space. We’ll show you all the great products you can use to build it.

Laundry rooms are now so customizable you can let your imagination run wild. Depending on the size of your space, you can create an area that is for:

Single Purpose

  • Prep, fold, hang
  • Wash and dry
  • Iron
  • Store supplies

Mixed Purpose

  • Laundry
  • Mudroom
  • Pet room
  • Craft/sew
  • Pantry
  • Office

Whatever works for your home, lifestyle and budget, you can make happen.

Laundry Room Basics To Consider

  • Layout and work flow
  • Amount of floor space
  • Amount of cabinet/storage space available
  • Amount of countertop space available
  • Type of washer and dryer
  • Sink and faucet, if any
  • Air dryer space, if any
  • Clothes hamper storage
  • Ironing board and iron
  • How to incorporate any other functional spaces

Let’s discuss cabinets. They anchor everything else you put into your laundry space. They pull the functionality and look of the space together. So, don’t just consider horizontal cabinetry. Your space may be well suited for vertical storage as well.

Laundry Cabinet Basics

  • Depth, width, and height: Standard laundry room cabinets have a depth like kitchen versions. The height should depend upon the ceiling height. Also consider custom cabinets to make the laundry space your clothes cleaning haven.
  • Style: ProSource has a range of cabinet styles and colors from which to choose. Check out our floor samples at your local showroom.
  • Material: ProSource can show you a cabinet material that’s best suited for a laundry space. You’ll likely want something easy to clean, and resistant to moisture.
  • Functionality: Shelving versus drawers, internal cabinet organization and accessories

What About Flooring, Countertops, Sinks, Faucets And Hardware?

When it comes to all surfaces in your laundry space, remember to “get a grip.” Incorporate materials that hold up well to moisture and humidity. Slippery surfaces are not your friend. But you don’t sacrifice style for function.

Floors
There are ceramic or porcelain tiles that mimic hardwood floors. Others look like ancient Mediterranean tiles. Still others create a sleek modern look. Certain laminate and vinyl floors are also great options. With these two floors you can style your laundry space any number of ways.

Countertops
The countertops in your laundry room need to withstand abuse. Solvents like bleach can wreak havoc with them. Certain laminates are generally your best bet. There are those that can mimic granite and other natural materials. Then again, you may have your heart set on matching all your household countertops. We’ll help you find the selection that best meets your criteria.

Sinks and Faucets
When it comes to sinks and faucets, function is a priority. Sinks that are wide and deep are ideal. As far as style goes, you can’t go wrong with a farmhouse sink version. If you are not a fan, there are many other sinks available that will compliment your design. Faucets with tall spouts and a sprayer makes life easier. Touchless versions can be real handy. Consider brushed finishes to hide water marks.

Cabinet Hardware
You get to be real creative when it comes to cabinet hardware. It can create a mood almost instantly, and changing it out is generally a breeze. Your choices are many. Just make sure you can get a firm grip on whichever type and style of hardware you choose.

Laundry Room Tips

  • Front loading appliances allow you to install countertops over them.
  • Consider a fold out ironing board.
  • For noise dampening, if room is close to gathering spaces, consider installing batt insulation.
  • If the laundry is going to be on an upper floor, reinforce the floor joists. Stiffening the floor will also reduce nearby noise.
  • Make sure side-by-side washer and dryer doors swing opposite of each other, so the dryer door doesn't get in the way when you toss clothes from the washer.
  • If you choose stackable appliances, allow for access in case of repair or replacement.

Review the inspiration for ideas, and add images you like to your myProSource Project Center.

Your laundry room doesn’t have be the black hole of your home. It can be a space you actually enjoy visiting. It can even be McDreamy. Share your saved ideas with a local ProSource Showroom to find out how.

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