LAUNDRY APPLIANCES

Before designing your laundry, we recommend confirming your appliance choices. The
custom cabinetry can be designed around your washer, dryer, sink/tub, or other appliances.
Also, by knowing the cost of your appliances will give you a clearer budget picture.

Firstly, you need to evaluate which existing appliances you will be re-using in the laundry.
And any new appliances that you are purchasing, simply add these to your design brief list.
Sink / Tap / Dryer / Washing Machine are the MAIN Appliances that are ‘typically’ found
in a Laundry.

Once you have established which of your appliances need replacing, you then must consider
the following:

  1. Sink or Tub: Small/Standard/Large Drop-In Sink? Vessel Sink? Undermount Sink?
    Farmhouse? Compact? Trough? Standalone Tub Cabinet? Double Bowl? Pet
    Grooming Sink? Custom Built-In/Integrated?
  2. Tap: Wall Mounted Tap Set? Mixer Tap? Pull-Out Spray Tap? Filter Tap? Washing
    Machine Taps? Sensor Activated Tap?
  3. Washing Machine: Top Loader? Front Loader? Combo Washer/Dryer? Smart
    Washer? Compact Washer?
  4. Dryer: Vented Dryer? Condenser Dryer? Gas Dryer? Heat Pump Dryer? Compact
    Dryer? Combo Dryer/Washer?

Sound difficult? It’s not really. Talk to a reputable appliance retailer and they will match you
up with the appliances that best suit the way you wash, dry, clean etc.

LAUNDRY ESSENTIALS CHECK LIST

TIP: Think about the 4 main functions of a laundry and how you work, and what you will
need in your space:

  • Storage
  • Soaking/Washing/Drying
  • Sorting and Folding
  • Ironing and Hanging

A modern laundry room includes a variety of essential/optional accessories. Consider each of these items and whether they need a dedicated space in your new design.

  1. Ironing Board: Stored In Tall Cupboard; Pull-Out System; Wall Mounted Option.
  2. Iron: Stored In Cupboard/Drawers; Iron Holder.
  3. Drying Rack: Foldable; Wall Mounted; Ceiling Mounted; Free Standing; Heated Rack. Stored In Cupboard.
  4. Vacuum Cleaner: Stored In Cupboard/Drawers; Wall Mounted; Storage Racks; Pull-Out System.
  5. Waste/Recycling Bins: Freestanding; Drawer Pull-Out System; Stored in Cupboards.
  6. Folding Table: Freestanding; Wall Mounted; Pull-Out System; Stored in Cupboards.
  7. Laundry Basket/s: Freestanding; Sits on Bench Top; In Cupboards; Sits on Washer/Dryer.
  8. Heated Flooring: Creates Winter Drying Room; Moisture Control; Enhanced Comfort
  9. Hanging Rod or Clothesline: Retractable; Wall Mounted Drying Rack; Hanging Rail.
  10. Additional Sink: For handwashing; bathing pets.
  11. Washer and Dryer Pedestals: Optional raised platforms that elevate the washer and dryer, providing storage space underneath.
  12. Laundry Sort Bins (Colours; Soiled; Materials; Ironing): Freestanding; Drawer Pull-Out System; Stored in Cupboards.

LAUNDRY STORAGE ITEMS CHECK LIST

Laundries are typically becoming a catch-all for items of various shapes and sizes.

What do you store in your laundry?

TIP: Measure the heights/widths/depth of items you wish to store in the cupboards, to ensure they will fit into your design.

Here is a typical list of items (but not limited to) that you might also find in a laundry.

Now is the time to think about where you might want to store these typical items;

  1. Numerous Cleaning Products
  2. Cleaning Equipment (e.g., broom, mop, bucket etc)
  3. Linen (towels, sheets, aprons)
  4. Folding Table
  5. Steamer
  6. Lint Roller
  7. Sewing Kit
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Hooks For Hats, Raincoats, Umbrellas, Winter Coats etc
  10. Laundry Sorting Hampers (colour or material/soiled/ironing/repairing)
  11. Overhead Drying Racks or Pulley Systems
  12. Decor (e.g., wall art, rugs, plants)
  13. Trash or Recycling Bins
  14. Ladder or Step Stool (e.g., for reaching high shelves)
  15. Pet Grooming/Food/Toys/Leads
  16. Shoe Rack or Storage for Footwear/Gumboots
  17. Radio, Speaker, Television (for entertainment)
  18. Racks for Hanging Brooms, Mops, or Other Cleaning Tools
  19. Safety Equipment (e.g., fire extinguisher)
  20. Laundry Room Seating (e.g., bench, stool, chair)
  21. Iron Holder
  22. Smart Appliances/Laundry Monitoring Systems
  23. Rug/Mat
  24. Additional Sink (for handwashing)
  25. Pet Friendly Shower/Bathtub/Dryer
  26. Pet Bed Nook
  27. Ventilation System
  28. Miscellaneous Household Supplies (e.g., light bulbs, batteries, extension leads etc)
  29. Miscellaneous Gardening Supplies
  30. Celebration Decorations (e.g., Christmas tree, wrapping/decorating supplies etc)
  31. Miscellaneous Hobby or Craft Supplies
  32. Miscellaneous Sports or Outdoor Gear
  33. Bulk Packaging

What is trending in laundry appliances?

In laundry appliances, several trends are currently popular:

  1. Smart Technology: Many laundry appliances now offer smart features, such as remote monitoring and control via smartphone apps, which allow users to start, stop, and monitor their laundry from anywhere.
  2. Energy Efficiency: Energy-efficient washers and dryers are in demand as consumers seek to reduce their energy consumption and utility bills. Look for appliances with high Energy Star ratings.
  3. Large Capacity: With the trend towards larger households and the desire to do laundry less frequently, large-capacity washers and dryers are becoming more popular.
  4. Steam Cleaning: Steam cleaning is a feature that is gaining popularity, as it can help to remove stains and odours more effectively than traditional washing methods.
  5. Compact and Stackable Units: Where space is limited, especially in apartments/townhouses, smaller, compact, and stackable laundry units are becoming more popular.
  6. Noise Reduction: Consumers are increasingly looking for laundry appliances that operate quietly, especially if their laundry room is located near living spaces.
  7. Customisation and Personalisation: Some laundry appliances now offer features that allow users to customize their wash cycles based on their specific needs, such as fabric type, soil level, and colour.
  8. Sustainability: There is a growing demand for sustainable laundry appliances that use less water and electricity and are made from environmentally friendly materials.
  9. Luxury Features: High-end laundry appliances may offer luxury features such as built-in sinks, specialized wash cycles for delicate fabrics, and advanced controls.
  10. Design and Aesthetics: Consumers are increasingly interested in laundry appliances that not only perform well but also complement the design aesthetic of their home, with sleek, modern designs and a range of colour options.

What is trending in laundry designs and materials?

In laundry designs, there’s a trend towards creating multi-functional spaces that blend
seamlessly with the rest of the home’s decor. Here are some trends:

  1. Multi-Functional Spaces: Laundry rooms are no longer just for washing clothes;they’re becoming multi-functional spaces that can also serve as mudrooms, pet washing stations, or even home offices.
  2. Laundry Spaces (Combined with Kitchens or Bathrooms): Where space is limited, it allows for efficient use of space and combines essential areas of the home.
  3. Storage Solutions: There’s a focus on maximizing storage space with custom cabinetry, shelving, and clever storage solutions to keep the laundry room organized and clutter-free.
  4. Integrated Appliances: Concealing washing machines and dryers behind cabinetry or integrating them into the design of the room is a popular trend to create a sleek and cohesive look.
  5. Durable and Low-Maintenance Materials: Materials like porcelain tiles, quartz countertops, and durable cabinetry finishes are popular for their durability and ease of maintenance in a high-traffic area like the laundry room.
  6. Natural Elements: Incorporating natural elements like wood accents or stone countertops can add warmth and texture to the laundry room, creating a more inviting space.
  7. Bold Colours and Patterns: Adding a pop of colour or bold patterns to the walls, floors, or cabinetry can add personality and interest to the laundry room design.
  8. Energy-Efficient Appliances: With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy-efficient appliances are a popular choice for laundry rooms to reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills.
  9. Smart Technology: Smart features like remote monitoring, automatic detergent dispensing, and energy usage tracking are becoming more common in laundry appliances, adding convenience and efficiency to the laundry process.
  10. Green and Sustainable Design: Using eco-friendly materials, such as recycled glass countertops or sustainable wood cabinets, is a growing trend in laundry room design.
  11. Statement Lighting: Eye-catching light fixtures, such as pendant lights or chandeliers, can add a touch of elegance and style to the laundry room design.
  12. Open Shelving: Open shelving is a popular trend for laundry rooms, providing easy access to frequently used items and creating a more open and airier feel.
  13. Laundry Sinks: Deep, durable sinks are becoming more popular in laundry rooms, providing a convenient space for handwashing, soaking, pet washing and other laundry-related tasks.
  14. Folding Stations: Dedicated folding stations with ample counter space are trending, providing a convenient area for sorting and folding laundry.
  15. Patterned Tiles: Patterned tiles are a stylish choice for laundry room floors, adding visual interest and personality to the space.
  16. Laundry Chutes: In homes with multiple levels, laundry chutes are a convenient and practical addition, allowing clothes to be easily dropped from upper floors to the laundry room below.
  17. Bi-Fold Closable Cupboard: This design allows the laundry area to be hidden away when not in use, providing a neat and tidy appearance.
  18. Hidden Ironing Boards: Built-in or pull-out ironing boards that can be easily concealed when not in use are a practical and space-saving solution.
  19. Pet-Friendly Features: As more homeowners incorporate pet care into their daily routines, pet-friendly features such as built-in pet nooks, feeding stations, and washing areas are gaining popularity in laundry rooms.
  20. Vintage-Inspired Design: Vintage-inspired fixtures and accessories, such as retro- style appliances or farmhouse sinks, are a popular choice for adding character to laundry room designs.
  21. Alternative Doors to Swing Doors: Instead of traditional swing doors, sliding barn doors or pocket doors are being used in laundry rooms to save space and add a rustic or modern touch to the room.
  22. Accent Walls: Creating an accent wall with bold paint colours, wallpaper, or textured materials can add drama and personality to the laundry room design.

These trends reflect a growing emphasis on functionality, style, and convenience in laundry room design, making them more than just a utilitarian space but a stylish and practical part of the home.

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