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Laundry with washing machine, dryer, watering can and gumboots
Create a good-looking and practical space with our 12 tips to a better laundry.


Love your laundry

With all the time we spend washing, scrubbing, ironing and folding, a hardworking and good-looking space in which to do it really isn’t too much to ask for. We’ve rounded up the top 12 features of a laundry you’ll love to spend time in.

1. Pick the right location

If the laundry is too close to bedrooms or entertaining areas, the noise of your appliances may limit the hours you can use them. “Station it near the rear or back-entry mudroom, or if you’re living in a small apartment, consider integrating the laundry into a bathroom or kitchen away from living areas,” says Alisa Fraser of interior design duo Alisa & Lysandra. Where possible, outdoor access directly to the clothesline is ideal.

2. Keep the floor plan simple

“A galley layout is our go-to design for a laundry,” suggests interior designer Sarah Jobse of Oak & Orange. “Position your washer/dryer, laundry tub and cupboards or drawers all in a row. If room permits, add in bench space above your cupboards or drawers and don’t forget a generous broom cupboard tall enough to fit the ironing board.”

3. Shop your appliances

“This should be one of the first steps when designing your laundry so cabinetry can be built to fit around it,” says Alisa. “Plus, if you opt for concealed appliances, you’ll need to allow for adequate ventilation and an exhaust fan.”

4. Plan your storage

“Prioritise space for big items such as brooms, vacuums and the ironing board,” says Alisa, who also recommends overhead storage options for keeping cleaning agents out of reach in family homes. “And don’t forget to incorporate drawers for small items.”

5. Build it in

“We love in-built laundry hampers,” says Sarah, who suggests a deep, multi-sectioned drawer, preferably close to the washing machine. Keep a collapsible or stackable laundry basket in each bedroom so, when not in use, it’s easy to store it out of sight.

6. Tap into quality

“Choosing the right tapware should be based on quality, design, functionality and cost,” says Alisa. “In terms of function, consider pull-out taps for total efficiency when the sink is full and for awkward items like buckets and brushes.”

Laundry bench with washing machine and clothes dryer 

7. Make it beautiful

Whether it’s a cabinetry or paint colour you haven’t been game to use yet, or black tapware that may not work in the kitchen, this is the place to give it a go. 

8. Choose a tough floor

Go for something hardy, water resistant and slip proof underfoot. While floor tiles are one of the best options, they’re not the only one. Vinyl (sheet, planks or tiles) is watertight and hardy enough to take a beating. Hybrid flooring gives the look of timber or laminate, but with a waterproof core that can survive splashes.  

9. Go big with the sink

Don’t skimp on size when it comes to your laundry sink – you’ll want to be able to handwash bulky items, fill a bucket and have ample room for soaking dirty laundry. If bench space is tight, opt for a skinny version or an under-mounted one. 

10. Splash out on the splashback

From glass and VJ panels to tiles of all shapes and sizes, the splashback possibilities are endless. As a laundry is generally quite small, it’s a chance to blow the budget on a finish you love.

11. Add some drying options

Try a single hanging rail mounted under overhead cabinetry, a drying cabinet or a retractable micro clothesline which can roll neatly out of the way. Handy DIYers could even make their own rack!

Laundry with overhead drying rack 

12. Consider your lighting

Layer general, task and ambient lighting for the best effect. “Think track lighting on the ceiling, add task lighting through integrated LED strips underneath cabinetry, and a small illuminated wall sconce to make the space feel more inviting, brighter and to create a pleasing atmosphere,” says Alisa. All wet zones have special regulations for electrical fittings, so always call on a licensed sparkie to do the work.  

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Photo Credit: Cath Muscat, The Palm Co and Flatpax.


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