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Laundry Room Reno Advice

jfm's picture

Just checking to see if anyone has come across a nice laundry room design that tastefully integrates high capacity front loading washers and dryers.  I would like to tuck them under a custom built counter top with a sink area as well, similar to so many House & Home featured laundry room designs, but these larger units are almost 40" tall and I think this is too high a counter top height.Any thoughts?

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bendjamin's picture

We're in the process of doing our laundry room. My hope is to make it as efficient as possible so that I can be in and out as quickly as possible.

I'll tell you about our plans...maybe it will give you some ideas for your space.

We're going to use a combination of Ikea kitchen cabinets and the Ikea Stolmen storage unit. I like this unit because it's modular and can be changed around with drawers, clothes bars, and shelves. Hooks can be mounted on the vertical supports. It's also very open--so that it keeps the room feeling large. Could you possibly use something like this across the front of your utility wall leaving space behind it and at the ends to leave easy access to the furnace, etc.? The unit attaches to the floor and the ceiling which allows it to be placed away from a wall. This would give you lots of storage--including hanging storage.

So, anyway, this is my plan:

1. West wall--front loader washer/dryer. Ikea base cabinets with deep drawers for storing sorted loads of dirty laundry. Also, a laundry sink. Horizontal wall cabinets (with lift up doors.)

2. North Wall--large window on this wall (2nd floor laundry room.) Ikea base cabinets with doors. Space will be used to store baskets of clean laundry, or empty baskets. Family members will theoretically come retreive their baskets of clean clothes. There will be a small-drawer-mounted ironing board in this run of cabinets. Long stretch of counter will be used for folding.

3. East wall. Stolmen unit and 2 tall 15" wide pantry cabinets. One with pull outs for storage. The other to be used for broom/vacuum/ironing board storage. The Stolmen unit will have clothes-hanging bars, shelves, hooks and drawers. One drawer will be used for wrapping paper so that the folding counter can be used for wrapping. Clothes drying racks will be stored, folded up, under a window on this wall. We do a lot of air drying. I hope to have a sewing machine permanently set up in the corner for quick repairs.

4. South wall--has wall mounted drying racks that tilt out.

We have all the components. It's like life insurance quotes. DH just needs the time to put them together.

VanessaS's picture

Optimal counter height is 36" so yes, 40" would be too high and uncomfortable for the average person. I think installing upper cabinets or a shelf above the units is a better idea.Something like this?    

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