September 5, 2019
Inspired by KBTribeChat’s recent discussions, a few weeks ago we talked about mudrooms – one of the main “sister spaces” that often is tied into a larger renovation. The other add-on redesign we often see is the laundry room, a space that is definitely up-and-coming when it comes to the design industry. No longer is it just a utilitarian space; the laundry room now can also serve as a craft room, a gardening center or simply a more relaxing and beautiful place to do chores.
This week’s KBTribeChat covered all of its potential – from the most important amenities to include today to where this room will head in the future. Here are some of the highlights we picked up on:
Evolution Over the Decades
- According to the NAHB, the laundry room is now the most-wanted home feature.
- The room is now often placed near the bedrooms, even if they are on the second floor.
- It can also be part of the mudroom or an extension of the kitchen area.
- Much more than washing clothes happens in laundry rooms, including sorting, stain treating, folding, ironing, etc.
- Technology has been integrated into the laundry room, making chores easier and more convenient. (Whirlpool Corp.)
- Laundry rooms are adapting to become more comfortable.
Most Important Amenities
- A compact, built-in ironing board
- A shelf for supplies
- Counter space for folding and other chores
- Hampers for dirty laundry
- An air-drying station
- Ample lighting to address stains
- Non-slip flooring
- A TV or big windows to look at while doing laundry
- A well-equipped washer and dryer!
Top Load vs. Front Load
- Front-load washers offer a contemporary look with front controls in easy reach.
- In living-in-place scenarios, people tend to lean toward front-loading machines.
- It often is based on square footage – a tight space needs a stackable front load.
- Front load tends to be more space saving and energy efficient.
- Top load tends to be more inexpensive and have agitators.
Making the Most of a Small Laundry
- Add storage to place baskets, detergent and other products, freeing up space to separate clothes going in the wash.
- Using compact or stacked washers and dryers can be a good solution to smaller spaces. (Whirlpool)
- A base pull-out with differentiating hampers for darks and whites saves room otherwise taken by bulky baskets that are not built in.
- Use every bit of space that you can and include elements like shelving, baskets and hanging areas.
- Lots of storage options!
The Future of Laundry Room Design
- Homeowners will increasingly look for efficient laundry rooms with features that save them time and effort.
- The laundry space will continue to merge with other areas.
- Smarter machines offer more options to help us clean better and more efficiently.
- There is a trend for more multi-functional laundry rooms.
- Laundry design is headed towards more simplicity, minimalism, open-space and lightness.
- Laundry appliances are starting to become as quiet as possible.
- Purposeful technology will adjust to common behaviors, activating shortcuts and solutions.
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