A laundry room should be one of your home’s most useful and usable spaces. The space should ideally include lots of natural or artificial light, counter space for sorting and folding clothes, secure storage for laundry goods, and enough space for all laundry equipment. There are particular standards and proportions to keep in mind while designing your laundry room, whether you’re building a new home or remodeling.
People’s Desires for a Laundry Room
According to a consumer preference poll conducted by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 95 percent of new homeowners want a separate laundry room. And, rather than first floors or basements, 61 percent of laundry facilities are being built on upper levels. 1
According to the NAHB poll, homeowners prefer a larger, multi-functional work area in their laundry room. Many new homes include a laundry room in the mudroom, which is also utilized for storage and pet care. Built-in ironing boards and solid-surface counters for washing, sewing, crafting, and gardening, as well as built-in storage, are common features. If custom cabinets are not in the budget, free-standing storage cabinets will suffice. Both types can be utilized to conceal tiny appliances and equipment as well as store detergent and other cleaning materials.
A laundry room sink, which may be used to soak damaged clothes, wash the dog, and handle nasty clean-up duties, is also requested by homeowners.
Regardless of how much you adore or despise your current washer and dryer, you will eventually replace them. Don’t base the design of your laundry room on the appliances you already have. Instead, make room next to and above appliances. Customized cabinets made around your appliances are fantastic, but if you move frequently, the future owners may not find them appropriate for their machines.
Specifications for Washing Machines and Dryers
When washing machines and dryers are installed side by side, a horizontal spacing of 60 inches or five feet is required. Add six inches to the depth of the appliances (usually are around 33 inches) for hoses and ventilation. To prevent vibration noise, leave one inch on each side and between appliances. If you have a top-loading washer, you should be able to open the door with 16 to 18 inches of clearance above the machine.
A vertical clearance of 60 to 76 inches and a horizontal clearance of 24 to 30 inches were required for stacked washer and dryers and combination units. Allow six inches for hoses, venting, and air circulation when measuring the depth. To help you determine cabinet sizes, read reviews and profiles online to compare washer and dryer features and sizes.
Always double-check that the doors to your laundry room, as well as any access corridors or stairs, are wide enough to handle moving appliances. To make a 90-degree turn, you’ll need 45 inches of width. Doors to the laundry room should be at least 32 inches wide, if not more. When open, a pocket door saves no space on the floor or on the wall. If you have mobility concerns or can’t stand for lengthy amounts of time, you might want to explore certain laundry room adaptations for aging in place or handicapped accessibility.
Workspace Dimensions in the Laundry Room
If you have front-loading washers and dryers, allow 48 inches of space in front of each appliance to allow for walking around open doors. Storage pedestals are useful for storing items as well as raising front-loading machines to waist level. However, the lack of workspace on top of the machines is a disadvantage. By omitting the pedestals, the machines may be installed under a counter, freeing up plenty of space for folding clothing.
Pre-washing preparations such as stain removal treatments require 18 to 36 inches of unobstructed counter space on one side for your washer.
The majority of bottom cabinets are designed to fit a completed countertop height of 36 inches. This is a good height for cooking, but it may be too high for folding clothes, especially heavy items. It’s more comfortable to have a countertop or table that’s between 30 and 34 inches wide.
Laundry Room Construction Specifications
Noise pollution in other sections of the house can be reduced by adding extra insulation to the laundry room’s walls and floor. In the event that a washing hose breaks or the washer overflows, a floor drain provides excellent protection for the remainder of the house. A water shutoff valve with an automatic shutoff is a fantastic addition to the laundry room. It detects the washer’s electrical current demand and only turns on the water supply when the machine is in use.
To maintain your laundry room up to code in your location, your plumber and electrician will have criteria for the water, electrical, and gas lines. Never use an extension cable and always utilize the correct type of electrical connections. Place the dryer in such a way that the exhaust hose is as straight and as short as feasible. With less venting, drying will be faster and safer, and fire concerns will be reduced.