3 Laundry Room Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of

3 Laundry Room Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of

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3 Laundry Room Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, editor Mitchell Parker discusses three smart ideas for improving functionality in a laundry room. Raising appliances creates easier access. Recessing a vent box frees up valuable inches. And a pet washing station is a great option to consider for a room that already has water and drain lines.

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felizlady

Is there a surface for folding and stacking items fresh from the dryer? I wouldn’t give up my counter space for a
raised washer and dryer.
Is there a rod to hang shirts and blouses? Is there a zone for hampers for sorting laundry loads?

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caramelon61

I like the raised appliances idea. We finally did that when we moved to our current home, but bought the pedestals that come with the washer and dryer. It is so much nicer to not have to bend over into the machines. I wish my room was big enough for counters for folding but there's no space for that. Thankfully, we do have rods for hanging clothes to dry that we don't want in the dryer.

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Flor Rodriguez

Someone asks why I spend on the pedestal ... I guess I knew as years go by you are more happy you did !

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Leah Railey

I like the idea of a recessed vent. I could use those extra inches in my current situation.

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audradubler

We did 4 large roll out cabinets with “trash and recycling” bins. Each person gets one and then there is one for sheets and towels!! Also a cabinet to store laundry baskets. Love!💕

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Joan Lawrence

my favorite part of my laundry room is my laundry chute straight from the master bathroom cabinet above

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btrachy

I don’t find the idea of raising the washer/dryer on cabinets very practical. You can purchase the pedestals which will give you the higher access point but still allow you to move out the appliances easily in case of a water emergency and the pedestals are drawers to give you storage space. The recessed dryer vent is a great idea but you will have to have enough wall depth to do that and would need to recess the plumbing for the washer, also.

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markvii

When I see washers and dryers surrounded by woodwork (raised or not), I wonder how the washer's hose connections and the dryer's vent are connected.

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simdelish

Now that I'm "older," my new house has something I didn't think I would fall SO in love with... and that's being upstairs where 90% of the dirty laundry is produced. Other than a handful of kitchen teatowels, the powder room fingertip towels, and our weekly cloth table napkins (which are barely half an armful total)...I only have mere steps to take to wash our clothes and bed linens and replace them. And my husband doesn't think twice about helping. No more climbing stairs with heavy baskets of clothes and linens, and multiple handfuls of things on hangers!

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Pegster

I love having my W/D on pedestals, which allow easier access to the rear than having them built into cabinets. I also have my two dishwashers elevated and built into my kitchen island with a big sink in the middle, which also saves my back, and makes cleanup easy. My favorite appliance splurge is having a second W/D set in my master closet, making it unnecessary to transport clothing and bedding to the other end of the house, unless I want to do two loads at once.

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HU-891834340

cant do with out a sink , don't care for front loaders, but love the idea of recessed appliances , dryer pooped out so now items get hung out to dry , except for undies, they get hung on rack in spare room.


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Beth Glynn

Love the idea of W/D in Master Closet. Also like the idea of the W/D on pedestal. But in this case I would have the base by on a slide for repair purposes. Recessed plumbing is awesome. Thank you for the great ideas.

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Johanna Held

Can someone provide a link to the Kohler sink in the first feature?

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Susan DeVito

I bought the pedestals to match when I bought my washer and dryer. I like the idea but have found that mine, at least, are an inch or two too short to accommodate storing bottles of varous laundry supplies. Next house, and yes, there will be a next house, I'm going to have them built-in so the drawers are a little deeper.


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Robert Byrd

I love the pet wash area, we have 2 small dogs the doggy door is in the back and bath them/ groom them in the laundry room as is I never though about changing out the utility sink with a shower basin and partition! It’s just an odd room as is (it’s the only room with actual square corners...ya think in a geodesic dome they would have made the bedrooms squared off and the laundry as is)

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ottoandlillysmom

Love the idea of recessing the appliances, especially with the large capacity units I purchased. I also have the matching pedestals which I found to be too short for the size detergent and fabric softener I like to buy. I took care of that problem by purchasing the shorter size that I keep in the pedestals and I refill them with the larger size from my big box store, not perfect but easy enough.


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HU-891834340

how do you service the faucet on the sink in the first picture ??

   
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jumpster

I had that thought, too. But unless they built the cabinet around the sink (doubtful), I assume the plumber was able to scooch in through the opening below the sink to finish the connection.

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karen burquest

The laundry room looks fantastic but I don’t think The person who designed it actually does laundry. There is no where to hang anything and now you’ve raised your washer and dryer so the countertop is almost unreachable unless you’re really tall. There’s nowhere to swt anything next to the sink like a bucket or a kid who needs to get his feet. It does however solve a first world problem of needing a separate place to bathe your dog

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DBT Interiors

For the raised appliances. Plan to have them back up to a garage and you could make access panel from behind much easier to service

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Margie Kieper

Our laundry closet is just large enough to fit the washer and dryer (Speed Queen) and a narrow storage cart to place the laundry detergent and dryer sheets. But there is a bathroom sink that can be used to wash delicates just three feet away. What we decided to do was to convert the small bedroom next to the bathroom into a pantry/laundry room. We have nice shelves against one wall for the pantry, and near the window a cheerful yellow folding table and a chair. Against the wall is my IKEA MULIG (the larger version that is not made any more) that I can stand in the middle of the room for hang-drying laundry that does not go in the dryer. It has been very functional and it works well for us. We also store some kitchen appliances in carts there to make them more accessible.

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Pegster

A functional space! Great job.

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Austeja Dudonyte

Love video

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M L

Laundry rooms need to have a relaxing entertainment area for moms like a television, sofa chairs and table and also room to have young children hang out and play so moms won’t have to go run all over the house
One eye on kids and one eye on laundry is so very outdated.

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Laura Grody

I was able to have this basic pedestal built. I like having the storage space for baskets below. It is also a back saver. The cost was reasonable compared to getting the laundry pedestal that comes the machines.

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S Sikes

I have an expanding drying rack in my laundry room and it gets a ton of use. I have it mounted higher so that it doesn’t block access to the washer / dryer. When not in use it is barely visible.

Second item is a tile pan with a drain just in case something leaks under the units.

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Brenda Newlove

Having the washer/dryer flush against the wall is brilliant, I like the way it looks very much! I have added that idea to my list for our next house. Thanks!

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Debbie L.

I have never understood why it isn't standard building procedure to recess the washer/dryer into the walls in new construction. Not doing that has been an eyesore in laundry rooms across America for years.

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vineyardsdr

Counter top heights are more efficient for inspecting clothes for stains, and necessary treatment. Personally, I hope I never get so rigid that I can’t bend over and retrieve my clothing from these machines, as my 92yr old mother did.

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Austeja Dudonyte

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