Laundry Room Renovation Ideas

Laundry Room Renovation Ideas

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Laundry duty ranks pretty low on the list of household chores. For the most part, laundry rooms are strictly utilitarian spaces void of personality. Many are equipped with outdated appliances, dimly lit, and relegated to the basement or garage. If this sounds all too familiar, your laundry room is definitely due for a makeover.

Experts say a laundry room remodel not only adds beauty, it increases the value of your home. With a top-notch laundry room renovation, you can expect, on average, a 72 percent return on your investment.

The Big Things

Older homes often require the assistance of a professional to inspect, repair, and upgrade the plumbing, gas, and electrical lines. It would be a pity to find out once the renovation is complete that you need to tear it apart to replace the pipes.

Take this pre-renovation time to determine if your laundry room is configured to suit your family’s needs. You may want to add walls (if there aren’t any) or move a wall to expand the space creating a combination laundry/mud room. Or maybe you just need more space to fold and iron your laundered items.

Laundry Sink

If your new washer doesn't have a quick wash feature, consider installing a sink in your new laundry room. Install it directly into a countertop, or place a free-standing utility sink adjacent to the washer and dryer. A laundry room sink means you can easily wash and rinse clothing without having to use a sink in another part of the house. Don't forget to include the cost of plumbing into your renovation budget.

A sink located in the laundry room, means you can easily wash and rinse clothing without having to use a sink in another part of the house.

Flooring Options

Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive solution for the laundry room. Gone are the days of hideous vinyl patterns and inferior materials. You can choose from durable peel and stick vinyl squares or vinyl sheeting. Modern vinyl flooring includes designs and textures that simulate wood grain or natural stone. It's amazingly similar to the real deal, and unlike hard surface flooring materials, it's comfortable underfoot.

Ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone tiles are also popular choices because of their stylish appearance and easy cleanup. Hard surface flooring is pricier than vinyl, but it offers a wide variety of colors, textures, and designs from which to choose. Consider using natural stone flooring for a designer look and added resale value.

New Appliances

The dream of any busy household is a state-of-the-art washer and dryer. This is a decision best made as you determine the layout of the room. You may want to save space with a stackable washer and dryer or a single combination washer/dryer unit. If you have additional space, research pedestal washers and dryers—they raise your appliances to the perfect height and come in an array of trendy colors.

To prevent water damage to your flooring and subfloor, place an overflow pan under your washing machine. These pans may not be required by code, but are a great idea—especially if your laundry room is located upstairs.

Proper Lighting

For any number of reasons, many laundry rooms lack adequate lighting. It may not seem important, but when you're trying to remove stains and iron out wrinkles, good lighting is imperative.

A simple suspended fluorescent fixture can make all the difference in the world to a poorly lit garage or basement laundry room. You can pick up these "shop lights" at a relatively cheap price from the local hardware store. If your laundry room is inside the house, update your lighting with a track system, pendants or a large ceiling fixture to adequately illuminate the entire space.

Folding Station

If you have additional space, purchase a folding table or include an integrated counter to serve as a folding station. Clothes can be folded as soon as they are removed from the dryer. A folding station can also be used for sweaters that require flat drying.

Laundry Organization

A great idea to help you get motivated to do laundry is to organize the room. Add shelving or a bank of upper cabinets to store all of your laundry products. If everything is neatly organized and in its place, you might actually look forward to laundry day.

Consider installing pullout laundry hampers under the counter. Designate one hamper for colors, one for whites and one for delicates. Include a wall-mounted drying rack for hanging up delicates during inclement weather.

Wall-Mounted Ironing Board

Instead of setting up a full-size ironing board in the laundry room, purchase a wall-mounted version that folds down and stores neatly away when not in use. This frees up valuable laundry room square footage. You can also find models that feature shelves to hold your iron and ironing supplies.

Some wall-mounted models include a clothes hanging rack, built-in electrical outlet, work light and auto shut-off feature. These handy ironing board stations come in a variety of finishes to coordinate with your cabinetry.

Speedy Laundry Room Reno

© 2012 Linda Chechar

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 20, 2019:

Louise89 -- Glad you enjoyed the tips. You're welcome!

Louise89 on June 19, 2019:

Great tips, thanks!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 23, 2015:

Yes, Lucille12, there are many choices to get and keep your laundry room neat and organized. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub!

lucille12 on March 22, 2015:

With many attractive and efficient products offered in the market, you will easily get a certain organizer that matches the décor of your house.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 22, 2012:

Thanks, Carol! Yes, all too often laundry rooms are forgotten square footage in our homes. I'm hopeful that keeping them clean and tidy will help make laundry day a bit more pleasant. Hope it works for you! Happy to hear from you today. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 22, 2012:

We all tend to ignore laundry rooms and pile up unwanted stuff. However, making the room attractive sounds like a good idea. I am going to check mine out and see what can be done--at least clean it. Thanks for great ideas and I would love to have a state of the art laundry room..Love your hubs.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 17, 2012:

Thanks for the comment and feedback Sid! A modern laundry room makes this almost daily chore much more tolerable!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on July 17, 2012:

This is a fine hub - great ideas and clear presentation. Voted up and useful. My wife and I were lucky enough to purchase a home with a state-of-the-art laundry room - though it is a bit small. We added some storage shelves. Now, we just need to keep it free of clutter!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 22, 2012:

Thanks CassyLu! New lighting and a proper ironing board station will make a world of difference in your laundry area. So glad you were able to get some helpful ideas from this Hub! I appreciate the votes and share! :)

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on June 22, 2012:

LOVE the ideas! Although we have a new house I am going to make some of these changes, espically the lighting one and the Iron Board in the wall idea :) We have one on the back of the door and I just don't like it there! Excellent ideas! Voted up and shraed :)

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 19, 2012:

Me either, Simone. Right now all I have is a laundry closet -- not much reno to do in there! Thanks for the comment!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 19, 2012:

Woooow- the newly renovated laundry room described in your Hub sounds like a place where I would happily spend hours!! Alas, I don't even have a laundry room to renovate!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 18, 2012:

Pollyanna, yes, laundry rooms are important in the scheme of a home. Having the right equipment makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for stopping by!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 18, 2012:

Om, you make me laugh! Those poor little laundry rooms. They probably would have an extreme inferiority complex! And I appreciate your nice comments!

Pollyannalana from US on June 18, 2012:

These really are important areas, and can make life so much easier!

Om Paramapoonya on June 18, 2012:

Yeah, I guess most homeowners don't pay much attention to this area of the house. If the laundry room had emotions, it would probably feel so unloved and betrayed. LOL.... I really appreciate your nifty tips and think it's nice to spruce up this room a bit!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 18, 2012:

Leah, right now I just have a laundry closet. At least it does have a shelf above so I can store detergent, etc. A utility sink is so handy. I really miss having one!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on June 18, 2012:

We added some cupboards above our washer and dryer a couple of years ago and I love them! I really wish we had a utility sink in the laundry room, though - that would be REALLY nice!

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