Americans wash about 35 billion loads of laundry per year.
Make the regular chore of sorting and folding more pleasant and energy-efficient by investing in a laundry room facelift.
Smart laundry room design improvements include upgrading to high-efficiency appliances and maximizing laundry room storage.
Here's how to plan your laundry room makeover.
Tools and Materials:
- LED Light Bulbs
- Wire shelving
- Washer and dryer
Step 1. Plan your laundry room design. Most laundry rooms feature side-by-side washers and dryers, except when a tiny space dictates stacking. A handy laundry tub can be placed next to, between or across from the appliances. An important feature to consider in the laundry room is storage. If your needs are minimal, you’ll be fine with a set of easy-to-install wire shelves. However, most households benefit from additional storage, so map out on graph paper a rough room layout that includes laundry room cabinets. An added benefit of installing lower cabinets is that they provide a surface for a countertop, creating an additional workspace.
Step 2. Paint the walls. Painting is one of the easiest ways to refresh your laundry room, whether you’re redesigning from scratch or just looking for a small pick-me-up. Go light and bright - think whites, creams and nature-inspired colors - for a clean and cheerful effect. Painting is a low-cost, high-return improvement that takes just one afternoon.
Step 3. Upgrade the flooring and backsplash. Durable porcelain or ceramic tiles are great laundry room flooring options. Both are water and wear resistant, making them ideal for this high-utility room. Light, creamy or neutral tones look clean, while darker tones create a chic, contemporary, urban feel. Oversized wall and floor tiles are a stylish option and produce fewer grout lines.
DIY tip: Consider extending floor tile up the wall to chair-rail height, with paint or wallpaper above, or above countertops as a backsplash.
Step 4. Switch to high-energy appliances. The time is right to invest in a high-efficiency laundry duo to cut utility bills by using less water and electricity or natural gas. You’ll save time as well as money, since new-generation appliances hold larger loads, plus they’re gentler on fabrics.
Step 5. Look at laundry room lighting. Consider upgrading your lighting. Recessed pot lights are a rather smart investment, while track lights are a simple one-hour improvement. No matter what fixture you choose, replace old incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, which last longer and use less energy.
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