Americans wash about 35 billion loads of laundry per year. That’s a lot of time spent sorting and folding! Make this regular chore more pleasant and energy-efficient by investing in a laundry room facelift. Smart laundry room design improvements include upgrading to high-efficiency appliances and maximizing laundry room storage. Here’s how to plan your laundry room makeover:
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:
Step 1: Plan your laundry room design: Layout and storage
|Most laundry rooms feature side-by-side washers and dryers, except when a tiny space dictates stacking. A handy laundry tub can be placed next to, between or across from the appliances.|
An important feature to consider in the laundry room is storage. If your needs are minimal, you’ll be fine with a set of easy-to-install wire shelves.
However, most households benefit from additional storage, so map out on graph paper a rough room layout that includes laundry room cabinets. The Home Depot carries in-stock, flat-packed options as well as higher end, special-order cabinetry. An added benefit of installing lower cabinets is that they provide a surface for a countertop, creating an additional workspace.
Step 2: Paint the walls
|Painting is one of the easiest ways to refresh your laundry room, whether you’re redesigning from scratch or just looking for a small pick-me-up.|
Go light and bright—think whites, creams and nature-inspired colors—for a clean and cheerful effect.
Painting is a low-cost, high-return improvement that takes just one afternoon.
Step 3: Upgrade the flooring and backsplash
|Durable porcelain or ceramic tiles are great laundry room flooring options. Both are water and wear resistant, making them ideal for this high-utility room.|
Light, creamy or neutral tones look clean, while darker tones create a chic, contemporary, urban feel. Oversized wall and floor tiles are a stylish option and produce fewer grout lines.
Rely on The Home Depot Installation Services for professional installation or watch Learn Tile Techniques and do it yourself.
Design Tip: Consider extending floor tile up the wall to chair-rail height, with paint or wallpaper above, or above countertops as a backsplash.
Step 4: Switch to high-energy appliances
|The time is right to invest in a high-efficiency laundry duo. ENERGY STAR-rated appliances cut utility bills by using less water and electricity or natural gas. You’ll save time as well as money, since new-generation appliances hold larger loads, plus they’re gentler on fabrics.|
For shopping tips, read The Home Depot’s Washer Buying Guide and Dryer Buying Guide.
Step 5: Look at laundry room lighting
|Consider upgrading your lighting. Recessed pot lights are a smart investment, while track lights are a simple one-hour improvement. No matter what fixture you choose, replace old incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, which last longer and use less energy.|