It might have ended up tucked away in a small room, but your laundry does a lot of work and it deserves some love when you’re renovating.
There’s good news for those who have limited space: even a tiny laundry can be functional. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 5 tips you should think about when planning your makeover. With a bit of thought, you’ll be able to create a room that’s stylish and usable, no matter what size it is.
Choose your appliances first
Your washer and dryer work the hardest, so it’s a good idea to choose appliances that suit your needs, decide where they should go, and work outwards from there. Front load machines are an easy, compact solution that can be installed side by side, or stack them vertically for a smaller footprint.
Make it Functional
Worktops and basins are the next most useful things in your laundry. You can install your appliances side by side and conceal them under a counter to create a large folding station. Leftover space could be used to install a laundry trough, though a small sink will still be useful if that’s all you have room for.
look Beyond Built-ins
Built-in cabinets are great, but they’re often bulky and expensive.
Give your wallet a rest and consider open shelving instead. Not only is shelving more accessible in cramped areas, it can be sized to fit any spare wall or corner that’s available. You can make high shelving work twice as hard by screwing hanging rails to the underside.
Wall hooks are another great space saver that can be used to hang mops, brooms and ironing boards on an otherwise empty wall. Hooks give these things permanent homes without the need for tall cabinetry.
Optimise Your layout
Before you get too carried away, think about where your plumbing and electrical fixtures are. Moving fixtures can be pricey, so leaving them alone or moving them short distances is ideal. Remember that you’ll need a licensed plumber to do this sort of work, and they’ll also be able to help you figure out the most cost-effective layout.
Prioritise and Compromise
It’s not much fun, and a small laundry can still function brilliantly, but you might need to make compromises. If you can live with a washer dryer combo, or you can use a nearby bathroom sink, or maybe you have plenty of storage space elsewhere, then cutting those things out of your design will spare you the headache of trying to cram them all in.
Not sure where to start?
We know that working in small spaces can be a challenge, so if you would like help to squeeze the most out of a small laundry renovation then Bay 2 Bay Group can help. Our qualified and experienced trades can design a solution that suits your needs and budget. Get in touch with us today to book your free site-measure and consultation!