Smart Laundry Room Planning from Blog Cabin 2014

Make your laundry room work harder than any other space in your home with these clever planning tips, from built-in storage to helpful dimensions that will guide your space plan.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A Little Plan Goes A Long Way

A laundry room functions efficiently when it's packed with convenience. For the best workflow, plan your laundry around the two major appliances and the tasks you perform in the space.

New Front-Loading Appliances Can Be Taller

Many homes use a stacked washer and dryer to save space, but we've planned for side-by-side, front-loading appliances that are raised off the ground. This saves a ton of bending and reaching associated with a stacked washer and dryer.

Which Way Do You Swing?

When you use front-loading appliances think about how the doors swing open. Each should hinge on the outside (left and right), giving you the ability to stand in the center and transfer loads of laundry with ease.

Plan For Proper Clearance

A laundry room functions best with at least 36 inches of space from the front of the appliance to the opposite wall, allowing an 18-24 inch door to swing open with space to walk around it.

Open Shelving Saves The Day

Nothing maximizes a laundry room like open shelving above and around the appliances to house detergents, soaps, laundry baskets, and folded clothes.

Make Sure You Have The Height

Cubbies should be at least 12 to 15 inches tall for oversized detergents to fit, especially those that are liquid and have a spout at the bottom.

Deep Appliances Benefit From Deeper Cabinetry

Installing deeper upper cabinetry makes it easier to reach the contents. Standard cabinets tend to be 12 inches deep, but we made ours 18 inches deep around our appliances.

Create A Laundry Basket Docking Station

Added benefit of the deeper shelving? We've planned for three laundry baskets have their own home base here, one for each bedroom in the house. This limits tripping over baskets and encourages your family to put their baskets in it's designated spots.

Install A Closet Hang Bar

Every laundry room can benefit from a place to hang wet things to dry. We added a hanging rod across the window area. Hanging rods should be installed 12 inches away from the wall to leave enough room for clothes to hang properly.

Don't Have Counter Space? Create It!

A comfortable height for a folding surface is between 29-33 inches, which is often impossible to do above newer, raised appliances. We've planned for a flip-up folding surface, designed with the same materials as the cabinetry.

Use Every Available Inch of Storage

Above any folding surface, install shelving or a slat wall that holds hooks and baskets for stray socks, towels, and stain-fighting products.

Carve Out a Place for Your Ironing Board

An in-wall ironing board is a fun nod to laundry rooms of the past with a very economical installation between the studs that saves tons of space.

Plan for a Plug

It's very important to consider where you'll plug in small appliances in the laundry room, like your iron. Plan for an outlet near your ironing board so the cord won't impede your work or cause unsafe conditions by stringing across the room.

High Traffic Areas Need Durable Flooring

A laundry room benefits from durable flooring materials, because lots of foot traffic, muddy feet, and spills happen here.

Lighten Up

This creamy semi-gloss paint is easy-to-clean and gives the room an airy feel.