The laundry room isn’t the most exciting room in a home, but it is an area that is vital to a functioning house and family. It always surprises custom home builders just how little thought people put into their laundry room. A few smart decisions can increase functionality by a lot. Here are some of the coolest and most useful things you should consider adding to your Toronto custom home:
1. Rack for Drying Clothes
There’s nothing worse than doing laundry and have an item not be dryer safe, especially if you don’t have anywhere to let it air dry. There are tons of ingenious ways to put in rods or racks that take up no room but allow for you to dry clothing. Keep a few hangers on the rod too to make it easy to hang up the clothing.
2. A Sink
This one isn’t always necessary, but if you have space add in a utility sink. It will make it that much easier to rinse out stains and spots. If your laundry room is also doubling as a mudroom, a sink there is great for washing up instead of tracking dirt inside the home.
3. Storage for Supplies
People very rarely think of what items they actually use in a laundry room. Having storage for things like dryer sheets, laundry detergent, stain remover, and even other cleaning supplies is great. Add in storage for mops, buckets, brooms, and vacuums too so everything is in one easy to find location.
4. Iron and Ironing Board
It just makes sense to do the ironing where you wash the clothing. There are a lot of creative solutions out there that easy hide ironing boards so they aren’t intrusive. It also saves you from the annoyance of having to get it out every time and set it up. If you use a steamer or any other product, try to create a space for that too.
5. Laundry Basket Organizer
Depending on the location and how you use your laundry room, consider adding in space for laundry baskets. People have come up with clever designs so that they’re both useful and stylish. It also makes doing laundry a whole lot easier if the dirty clothing is already in the room.
Make sure you wire in a few easily accessible electrical outlets. These will be useful for plugging in steamers or irons or even to charge up a portable vacuum. Even if they aren’t used often, there is no such thing as too many outlets.
7. Lost and Found
The laundry is where you find a lot of items people have forgotten in their pockets. Wallets, keys, money, and even solo socks are commonplace. Have a set location where you will put these items. That way if anything ever goes missing you can check there first.
8. Trash Can
A trash can isn’t something people ever think about putting in a laundry room but they should. It’s incredibly convenient to have one nearby to toss away wrappers, lint, empty cleaning bottles and other items. It can be as large or small as needed. This definitely beats having to carry it out of the laundry room to the closest trashcan.
9. Extra Storage
If you have space, add in extra storage, even if you don’t need it currently. The laundry room is an ideal location to store extra supplies like linens, towels, extra soaps or bathroom toiletries, and items like toilet paper or paper towels. No one ever complains about having too much storage!
Depending on your family and household some of these other items may be appealing to add to your custom home laundry room:
- Dog food storage
- Coat rack
- Extra storage for shoes
- Pet item storage (leashes, treats, brushes etc.)
- Pet washing station
- Sewing station
Contact us today to get more great ideas on what to add to your Toronto custom home!