Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Laundry room design tips

Many homeowners in Metro Manila employ maids to help with chores and housekeeping. For these homes, the laundry area is usually located near the maids’ quarters and/or the kitchen, since the maids’ everyday work often revolves around the laundry and kitchen areas. 

The layout and provisions of the laundry room itself should be in line with the different tasks, which are washing, drying, ironing and folding or hanging.

However, recently, this home dynamic has been changing. This is partly because of the rise of the condo market and the real estate market in general, and  space now comes at such a premium. More and more people are living in and dealing with small spaces, and most are inclined to forego the convenience of having maids for just a little more precious space. 

With these changes, the design of your laundry room should also change to make it more functional and efficient for your own use. If you’re just planning your new home or completely renovating it, and you’ve committed to doing your own laundry and other chores, now would be a good time to reconsider the location of your laundry room. 

One good area is along the hallway, near your bedrooms and bathrooms. This way, sorting clothes into closets right after drying and folding would be a faster and easier process. Having the laundry room near the bathrooms would also keep the wet areas together. Just be sure to get washers and dryers that don’t create too much noise. 

The layout and provisions of the laundry room itself should be in line with the different tasks, which are washing, drying, ironing and folding or hanging. A good basic setup is having a built-in laundry system with the front-loading washer and dryer side by side below the counter. Again, keep the wet areas together, so position the sink near your washer. The counter itself can be used as the folding area; just remember to add task lighting overhead. 

You may also install overhead cabinets to store detergents, bleaching agents, and the like. These potentially toxic items should be kept in high storage places to keep them out of reach of children. An alternative to a full-fledged ironing station is a wall-mounted ironing board, which can be flipped down as needed. 

Feel free to pamper yourself with entertaining additions in the laundry area. A wall-mounted TV or an iPod dock can be great ways to keep you entertained while doing your laundry. Just because laundry is a chore, doesn’t mean the laundry room has to look uninteresting. As with any other room in the house, use color and design to make the room fresh and fun. - Aislinn Kee 


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