2. Room size considerations
A laundry should be in proportion to the size of the home. The number of bedrooms and
people who live in it will determine how much space you’ll need.
According to interior designer Corinne Bolton of Elm Interiors in
Brisbane, the minimum space for a laundry in any size home is 1.5m x 1.5m. “It would
be better to have 2m in length, but you can get away with it being a bit smaller,”
Bigger homes with more bodies means more clothes in washing
baskets, more items in the washing machine, more garments hanging on the line or in
the dryer, more folded clothes on benchtops and more shirts hanging on the rail. In
a three or four bedroom house, Corinne Bolton recommends a laundry no smaller than
3m x 1.8m.
“There’s no formula for how big your laundry should be in
proportion to the floor plan, it comes down to common sense,” she says. “If you’re
building a huge five bedroom house to cater for a family of five or more, you
certainly want a decent sized laundry that fits everything you need and allows room
3. Optimal appliance configurations
For maximum efficiency, a washer and dryer should be placed close together in your
laundry. “You need to ensure adjacency with a washer and dryer so they’re right next
to each other,” says Corinne Bolton. “When you’re taking wet clothes out, you don’t
want to be moving around too much, you need to be able to put it straight in to
Front load washing
machines will give you more layout options than top loaders. Depending on
the size and shape of the room, washers and dryers can either be placed side-by-side
under the bench or stacked one on top of the other. The dryer can also be
wall-mounted up high above the washing machine to allow more counter space or to
cater for top loaders.
Many of Corinne Bolton’s clients also request plinths for their
washing machines to sit on. “It helps get them up higher off the ground so you don’t
need to bend down so far to get your washing out of front loaders, which most people
have these days,” she says. “You can also make the plinth into a drawer for extra
storage, but you’ll need to check that having your washing machine raised won’t void
“Depending on the size and shape of the room, washers and
dryers can either be placed side-by-side under the bench or stacked one on top
of the other. The dryer can also be wall-mounted up high above the washing
machine to allow more counter space or to cater for top loaders.”
4. Efficient storage
A well-organised laundry has a place for everything and everything in its place.
Closed cabinets help keep the room looking tidy, while open shelves are quicker and
easier to reach.
A combination of the two can be handy, with closed cabinets at
the bottom and a mix of open and closed shelves overhead. Whatever you choose,
storage baskets are a great way of keeping loose items grouped together and
preventing them from getting lost at the back of the cupboards or falling off the
Maximise your storage space by configuring your cabinetry
vertically on the walls for all your needs. Do it right and you’ll free up valuable
floor space to sort the laundry, do the ironing and even have space for the dog to
keep you company – and if your dog sleeps in the laundry, floor space for a bed is
5. Laundry chutes
The superhero feature of laundries, chutes get your dirty clothes to their ultimate
destination faster than a speeding bullet – well, almost! Laundry chutes have made a
big comeback in recent years. Why spend your time fetching and carrying dirty
clothes from multiple rooms in the house to the washing machine when you can open a
single door and throw them down the chute, mission complete?
A dream in double-storey homes, they do require some pre-planning
and are more easily achieved in new builds. Chutes are usually placed in a bathroom
on the upper level, directly above the laundry. And while they can be diverted, it’s
not recommended as clothes can get stuck along the way.