Building a House with Pinterest – Laundry Room Edition

Welcome to week 4 of our Building a House with Pinterest series. Last week was all about the playroom and this week we are focusing on the laundry room. I have to say that the laundry room is my least favorite room to hang out in because nothing fun is going on in there. With a family of five, laundry seems to be never-ending. I hate it. I don’t mind the throwing in the washer part- it is the removing from the dryer and putting away that pains me. Oh, and scraping random things off the inside of the dryer, such as gum or playdoh, that I missed in a child’s pocket isn’t much fun either.

So, we need to think fun in this room, people! One problem is that the laundry room isn’t very big in our new house. It just isn’t as big as I’d like but I couldn’t do anything about it, so I’m going to have to work with what I have.

No matter what size my laundry room is, one of my requirements is a laundry sink. Think of the clothes that need to be rinsed before tossing in the washer. Plus, my husband likes to clean out paint brushes and rollers in a sink and that isn’t happening in my kitchen.  While I’d like my laundry room to look like this one from Style At Home

Laundry Room

Photo Credit: Style at Home / Stacey Van Berkel

Unfortunately, we only had room for a sink like this (similar to this one from Family Handyman)…

Laundry Sink

Photo Credit: FamilyHandyMan.com

I’m going to have to get fancy after I move in and do something about that boring sink. Either find a smaller sink built into a cabinet or somehow spice up that one.

One thought I had was to stack the washer and dryer to create more space in my laundry for a bigger sink and more counter space. I’m a little hesitant because I’m not sure how you actually get into that top washer, or is that the dryer, when it is that high? Am I supposed to keep a step stool in the laundry room?

Laundry Room

Photo Credit: The Container Store

I’m not sure that gives me any more counter space than the machines side by side because I could always create a counter top over the washer and dryer like this. Plus, if I had a TV in there, maybe I wouldn’t mind folding laundry so much?! ;)

Laundry Room

Now, let’s get back to the fun aspect of a laundry room. I’ve seen a trend lately of putting a chandelier or some other type of fun light in the laundry room. I’m seriously considering something like this.

Laundry Room LIght

Another way to make the laundry fun is with a bright paint. If the laundry room isn’t the same drab taupe, grey or neutral color as the rest of the house and is a fun Caribbean blue or sunny yellow, I’m sure that would brighten anyone’s mood when they walk in the room not matter how much laundry is in there.

Laundry Room

Since I’m dealing with a small(ish) room, I think (I haven’t really seen it yet), I need to think about organization. Shelves and baskets should definitely give everything a place. I’ll have some built in cabinets but I might need to add some more shelves like these from I Heart Organizing if there is enough space.

Laundry Room

Photo Credit: I Heart Organizing

Plus, I plan to add some hooks like this amazing blue and white laundry room below.

Laundry Room

I already know that no matter what I do to the laundry room, it definitely isn’t going to be one of my favorite rooms in the house. Even if it looked like the one below, it would always still be the laundry room.

Laundry Room

 

About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. HeatherM says:

    Do you hang many clothes to dry? I know I do. Your inspiration pics look great, but I would include space for an ikea grundtal clothes drying rack or some other similar rack.

  2. Karen McAdams says:

    I have stacked washer and dryer (I am 5′ 3″) and I love them. Room next to them for a stacked sorting system, also could have a pullout folding counter or ironing board.

  3. I’m trying to figure out plans for a new house too! I’m looking at a laundry/mud room to contain all the muddy shoes and it will be windowless. when you have views out every side of the house the garage HAS to go somewhere. I think I’m going to do a low tiled shower type thing instead of a sink. We have a huge furball of a dog that is constantly muddy and 4 kids that come in the house pretty much the same way. It will serve as dog wash, kid rinse and I can throw a dishpan in it to soak clothes or rinse them off right there too.

  4. Christine says:

    Definitely get a drying rack that unfolds from the wall. I installed a small simple one and love it.

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