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How to Redo a Laundry Room (page 1 of 2)

Use these step-by-step instructions to give your laundry room a makeover that will increase its style and function.

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give the laundry room a makeover
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Plan the Redo

The first step in considering how to redo a laundry room is to determine how you use the space. How often are you in the laundry room? Do you sort, treat, wash, dry and fold in the same space? If not, think about what tasks you do where. If you are less likely to sort and fold in the laundry room itself, you may not need a folding table. You may want to use that space for cabinets instead.

No matter how you design the room, there are a few key things to keep in mind:

  • Keeping the washer and dryer next to each other makes laundry much easier.
  • Newer models of appliances allow for stacking the washer and dryer. If this is an option in your home, you will save a lot of space.
  • Detergents, stain removers and other laundry aids should be kept next to, above or underneath the washing machine.
  • All detergents and cleaning supplies should be kept out of reach of children.
  • Dryer vent fires are among the most common household fires in the country. Make sure you do not crush your dryer vent and have it checked regularly.

Step 2: Clear the Laundry Room

Before moving the washer and dryer, make sure the water is turned off. Carefully disconnect all hoses and cords.

Use an appliance dolly to help move the washer.

carefully disconnect all hoses and cords

Step 3: Install the Linoleum Floor Tiles

Linoleum tile squares are available at most home improvement stores and online. They typically come in 12"x12" squares with a peel-off adhesive back.

Peel-and-stick linoleum floor tiles can be installed directly on top of old flooring as long as the flooring is clean and without imperfection (Image 1). If you have a flaw in your old floor, sand it down or remove it before installing the new tiles.

Install peel-and-stick tiles using the same principles as ceramic tiles. Start in the middle and work toward the edges of the room. Peel back the backing and follow the arrows located on the backing of the tiles to make a good pattern.

When reaching a corner, fit the tile in the space. Mark the edges with a pencil. The excess tile then simply snaps off. To cut, use a straight edge and a utility knife (Image 2). Peel the backing off and place it down.

Tips:

  • To protect your knees from all that kneeling, wear knee pads!
  • It's a good idea to install tiles along a chalk line to keep them straight.
  • You may have to score the tile a couple of times in order to cut all the way through.
  • If you have to remove a tile, carefully lift it using a paint scraper or other pry tool. Be careful not to damage the flooring underneath.

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