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Laundry Room Makeover Part 1: Choosing a Location

by / Wednesday, 14 March 2012 / Published in Home Improvement

Spring is coming a little bit earlier than normal.  Along with spring cleaning, you may feel like one of your rooms needs an upgrade or to be redone.  One of the rooms that is often overlooked for an upgrade is the laundry room.  Our next three posts will talk about redoing your laundry room.

The first topic to discuss is the actually positioning of the washer and dryer, since you can’t plan a makeover for your laundry room until you know what room it will be in! Perhaps you’ve had your machines in the basement for quite some time, and want to move them closer to the kitchen or bathroom on the first floor. Or perhaps the washer and dryer are on the first floor, and you want to move them to the basement.  There are several advantages and disadvantages to having the washer and dryer in either area.

If the washer and dryer are on the first floor, you usually have better proximity to water hookups near a bathroom or kitchen.  However, if the washing machine leaks, it will leak onto the first floor. The washing machine will also be noisier on the first floor. However, if your bedrooms are on the second floor, you won’t have to worry about the noise.  If you are planning on putting the machines in a closet, then you will need to make sure that the closet door is properly ventilated, and that there is extra room behind the dryer.

Of course, you also need to take a utility sink into consideration when choosing the space. If you have a standard plastic utility tub, the tub itself stains very easily, and is too large to be practical. Not to mention that it lacks under-sink storage. If you are looking for an upgrade, the best option is a 10-12 inch stainless steel sink with curved corners that are easy to clean.  The sink can be either square or rectangular.  The sink is just the right depth to wash your delicates, not to mention filling buckets and watering cans. Choose a gooseneck faucet or pull-out spray, and you’ve got it made. Make sure that you’ve measured your space to make sure that whatever sink you choose fits!

Stay tuned for our next post with details on choosing the paint and other products for your laundry room’s décor.


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