Despite the amount of time an average family spends washing clothes, the appearance and organization of a laundry room is rarely considered. Generally, this room reflects the ongoing chore it supports: it is a mess as clothes are brought in, sorted, prepped for washing, then folded and sorted to return to where they belong. Installing a laundry cabinet can be the first step in transforming this space into a comfortable, efficient work area that will improve the clothes-washing process. A cabinet that provides proper storage can also streamline the task and reduce the time spent on this chore. Selecting and installing laundry cabinets can help keep your laundry room tidy and make you more efficient.
Storage and Workspace
When selecting laundry cabinets, it is very important to determine how much storage you need. Go through your washing routine and determine what supplies need to be at hand, which items should be readily accessible, and which supplies can be stored for occasional use. This will help you determine how much storage you need, and in turn, how many cabinets. In addition to space to store detergents, dryer sheets, bleach, and other supplies, you may need to store an iron and ironing board. You may want cabinets to hold sorted clothes ready to be washed as well as a space for sorting them following the wash. When considering the number and type of laundry cabinets, keep in mind that you still need room to perform the chore. You will need space to sort, pre-treat, fold, and separate the clothes. You may also need room to iron or dry some items. Consider how the clothes will be moved into the room and through the washing process. Consider that some clothes require special attention, such as hand washing, stain treatment, or hanging to dry.
After determining how many laundry cabinets you need to update your laundry room, you will need to accurately measure your space. Doing so allows you to verify that you can create accommodate the number of cabinets you need. In addition, having accurate measurements will make installation easier. Measurements will also indicate whether or not your space requires custom cabinets or can accommodate pre-fabricated cabinets. If you find that your space is relatively small, you may need to install wall cabinets, which provide ample storage without reducing your current workspace.
In addition to the size, type, and number of cabinets you need, you may also consider the appearance of the cabinet. Many consumers install cabinets that are similar in appearance to the kitchen or other nearby space to create continuity in appearance and décor. The type of material you select will also affect the appearance of your room. Common materials used for the laundry cabinet include wood, laminate, and veneer. Durability and quality of the material should also be considered. For example, laminate is stronger than other materials. For this reason, it is the most common material used for laundry cabinet.