Laundry Rooms are moving up in the world. When I was grow- ing up, the laundry machines were always in the basement— that’s just where they lived! While the basement location might have been an afterthought with the advent of indoor laundry, it did have some benefits, such as, less noise and less damage in the case of a burst water hose. Over the last 20 years with the introduction of laundry machine drain pans, water shut-offs and stainless steel braided hoses, there has been a growing trend to move laundry upstairs or onto the bedroom level. The advantages of
locating your laundry upstairs is that you eliminate carrying loads of laundry up and down the stairs. When you stop and think that most of the dirty laundry is gener- ated from the bedrooms (clothes and bedding) and the bathrooms (towels), it makes sense to place it near to that location.
LAUNDRY CLOSET Laundry rooms always seem to collect clothes, clutter and clean- ing supplies. For that reason, you will want to hide it from view at times. We often add laundry closets, not rooms, to our client’s existing living spaces. In these situations, we are looking for a spot that will be out of the way and functional. Many times, we find ourselves retrofitting existing closets or building a new laundry closet. In the latter case, if space allows, I always advocate for a wide enough closet for the machines and try to include space for shelving. When shelving is involved the closet often becomes wider than a normal size door, so we finish the closet with a set of double doors to close off the space.
LAUNDRY STORAGE Elevated storage keeps poten- tially dangerous cleaning supplies out of reach of young children and pets. But it offers more than that; being organized makes any job easier, including laundry. On this project, we built our laundry room in a large unused hallway. We built a closet with inside dimensions of 32-1/2 x
Build a Custom Laundry Closet
By Rob Robillard
Construct a Laundry Room Shelf System for under $200.