Where Should I Put My Laundry Room?
One of the perks of having a custom home built is being able to make decisions based on how your family will use the space. The location of your laundry room may not be your first thought, but it will have a big impact on your daily routine. Considering your options carefully will help you choose the most convenient location for the laundry room when you choose your new home design.
How Much Laundry Do You Do?
Everyone’s laundry needs are different depending on the family makeup and lifestyle. While a young couple may do laundry once a week, a busy mom likely does at least one load a day. Chances are you are somewhere in between. For light-laundry users (once or twice a week) placing the laundry room in the basement shouldn’t be an issue, as long as you don’t mind taking the stairs. Heavy-laundry users, like our busy parents, may prefer the laundry room off of the kitchen, or near the main living area, where they can attend to the laundry while watching the little ones or while working in the kitchen.
How Many People Do Laundry?
If more than one person in the household regularly does laundry, place it in a place convenient to everyone. You may choose a hall closet or the mudroom, but beware, these do come with their pitfalls. Mudrooms can become chaotic as family members enter and leave the home while someone else is trying to do laundry, and hall closets can get congested, especially when impatient teens dump dirty clothes on the floor while waiting for the washer.
Is Noise an Issue?
While locating the laundry room on the main floor where it is closest to the living areas may be more convenient when it comes to carrying laundry or putting clothes in the dryer, it can also be a source of noise that can interfere with TV watching or interrupt quiet conversations. Likewise, if it is too close to baby’s room, it may interrupt bedtimes or naps.
Are Stairs an Issue?
If your new home is a retirement home or someone in your home has issues with mobility, locating the laundry room close to the master bedroom can make life easier as you won’t need to carry laundry up and down stairs on laundry day. But remember, if your laundry room is on the second floor, you will still need to go up and down stairs to switch loads.
Can You Combine a Space?
Many homeowners combine spaces to make the best use of their space. Consider putting the washer and dryer in the main level bathroom or even in the garage if that works for you. You can even put the washer and dryer in a guest room to save space. But beware, you will not be able to do laundry once guests arrive.