If you live in an older home, your laundry room is probably filled with exposed studs, ratty old insulation, an ice-cold concrete floor and a grubby old plastic utility sink.
Here are five ways to renovate that tired old utility space and make it a place that’s actually pleasant to work in.
1. Break out the sheetrock
Just because laundry rooms are usually located in unfinished basements doesn’t mean yours can’t look just as nice as the rest of your home. Don’t be afraid to finish the room all the way. Drywall. Paint. If you’re up for it, wall-to-wall carpeting. Rip out that old pull-chain light bulb and replace that makeshift shelving with some brand new cabinets.
2. Add some modern style
Long gone are the days of one-size-fits-all utility sinks. Kohler carries a line of stunning, contemporary basins that are as stylish as they are functional.
If you’ve got the space, consider building a full countertop to install the River Falls™ 25″ x 22″ x 14-15/16″ top-mount. The added work space will make folding laundry a breeze, and the basin is deep enough for any job.
3. Don’t buy the cheapest faucet you can find
When a quality faucet like the Coralais can be had for just over a hundred dollars, don’t waste your time with a low quality choice from a big box store. You’ll appreciate the Coralais’ durable, efficient design for years to come.
4. Update to a built-in
Many new houses hide the washer and dryer in a dedicated closet space that can be closed when the machines are not in use. Out of sight, out of mind.
Creating such a setup in an older home is a fairly simple project. It’s easier to hide your laundry related pipes and wires in this space than drywall directly behind the machines.
5. Take advantage of those water pipes
A popular trend in 2016 is cutting in a half or three-quarters bath to your laundry room. While working out the sewage can be a bit tricky, the fact that the room is already plumbed means you’re already halfway there.
Whether you’ve only got space for a toilet and sink or you can squeeze in a shower, you can’t go wrong with adding a bonus bath. Check out our Get More out of a Tiny Bathroom post for ideas on how to stretch limited square footage.