From drying station hacks to eye-pleasing decor, here’s how to outfit your get-clean space
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When designing a laundry room into your home plans, locate it where you'll use it most. That might be by the entryway mudroom, adjacent to the kitchen, or upstairs near the bedrooms.
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Let's face it: you spend a lot of time doing laundry. So, you might as well make the space inviting. Add small potted plants by the windowsill, and stock up on nature-scented soaps and detergents.
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Floor space feeling too cramped for a drying rack? Look up. Suspend a drying rack from the ceiling for laundry lines that won't get in your way (and won't get blown away outside).
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Take your laundry room to the next level with a pet shower area. The whole family—including Fido—deserve clean coats. (And that mini shower doubles as a foot rinsing station for humans, too.)
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Keep laundry sorted by color (lights and darks) or recommended water temp (warm or cold) by sorting garments in multiple hampers on wheels.
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Do laundry where the dirt is. Design a washer/dryer unit into your mudroom so the kiddos can stash their sporting equipment and toss their jerseys in the wash in the same space—while keeping the mud in the mudroom.
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The best way to make clothes last and avoid shrinkage is to hang dry whenever possible. This also helps cut your home's electricity use, so it's a high-five for the planet, too.
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There's no reason your laundry room has to look like a cramped closet. If you're designing a laundry space, design for both utility and comfort: consider cabinets, a sink, and a window view.
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Have lots of delicates that can't go in the dryer? Consider a closet system with a hanging bar and drying racks to help your "air dry only" garments retain their shape.
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Just because it's the destination for dirty laundry doesn't mean it's a room without design opportunity. Consider patterned tile flooring, wallpaper, window dressings, the works. Choose a neutral palette to pair a serene look with the hum of the dryer.