7 hot tips for a functional (and beautiful) laundry layout
OK – the laundry is a powerhouse of activity. You want it to be functional so you can get the job done and get out. Elegant simplicity is a great thing to aim for. Here some tips to achieve just that.
- WHERE IS THE BEST SPOT FOR YOUR WASHING MACHINE
First step is – are you a ‘top loader’ or a ‘front loader’ washing machine person? This question will dramatically change your laundry layout. For front loaders you can integrate them under the benchtop and grab some additional working space. The ideal gap to leave for most front loaders is 650mm. For top loaders the size needed can vary a lot. Normally a 700 to 750mm gap should fit most models. And lastly – make sure you position the washer next to your laundry tub so you can easily connect the drain pipe.
- NOW FOR THE DRYER
The two options for driers are to either integrate them under the benchtop (like a front loader washing machine) or most driers can also be wall mounted. Wall mounting can be a bit tricky seeing as you need to find suitable fixing points. A third option, if you have a front loader washing machine is to stack them on top of each other. Under bench mounting probably looks the neatest but it is going to come down to how much floor space you have available.
- BROOM CUPBOARD – HOW BIG?
So often you see folk making a massive broom cupboard which wastes so much space. Really, what are you going to put in there? A broom, a mop, the ironing board, a bucket… what else, a vacuum cleaner. All that will easily fit into a 400mm wide full height cupboard. Don’t go make it 600mm wide – you’re only wasting space. If you have room for wider full height cupboard you’re better off splitting them into two – make a 400mm wide broom cupboard and then a second tall cupboard as a linen cupboard.
- OVER BENCH CABINETS – A MUST HAVE
Don’t overlook any free wall space. Adding cupboards over the bench will maximise your storage options. Plus – that is the spot where detergents go to keep them away from little hands that can get into an under bench cupboard.
- HANGING SPACE – WHERE CAN YOU SNEAK THAT IN?
Leaving some room for a hanging rail is a great idea if you have room. A simple rail, bought from Bunnings, and screwed to the wall give you a great spot to hang washing to dry indoors when needed.
- THE ALL-IMPORTANT LAUNDRY BASKET
The most important piece of all – the humble laundry basket. The place you dump the messy bits while they wait for your attention! Hiding a basket away in a drawer is a must. Either using Timberline’s integrated baskets or with your own basket that fits into a drawer or cupboard. The beauty of the Timberline basket is the fully built into a pull out drawer and come with two baskets. Why not teach the rest of the crew to sort their washing as they put it in the baskets? Lights in one and darks in the other! Job half done…
- MAKE IT LOOK GOOD
And lastly – put some charm and good looks into it. We all know the words “laundry” and “hard work” go hand in hand. So you need to make space for some classy decoration to jazz it up a little. Try some open shelves with great looking baskets. Spare bench space for a vase or some designer candles. What’s to your taste?