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Laundry Room Lowdown

Magazine article Sunset

Laundry Room Lowdown

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How to improve the function and look of this utilitarian space

There's no way around it: Doing laundry isn't fun. But, although you can't eliminate the burden of washing clothes, you can lessen it by making the laundry area more efficient and attractive.

The key elements of the ideal washing and drying space include a 36-inchhigh counter or table for convenient folding; a utility sink for items that need to be washed by hand; a rack, bar, or clothesline for drip-drying; waterresistant, easy-to-clean surfaces; ample storage for soaps and softeners; and adequate task lighting. An optional but important feature to consider is a drain in the floor for drips or the occasional overflow.

Launching and landing pad

A laundry room that serves multiple functions is essential when space is tight. This example forms a galley between the garage and the kitchen. Opposite the washer and dryer is a mudroom, with coat hooks, cubbies for boots and toys, and a bench for use while changing shoes. Toward the kitchen end is a message center with slots for mail. A large sink is outfitted with a hand-held sprayer for rinsing clothes or muddy boots. DESIGN: Kirsten Dumo, Satterberg Desonier Dumo Interior Design, Mercer Island, WA (206/232-1830)

Open-and-shut case

Bob and Jackie Macdonald have two jobs and three children, so they need a laundry room that works as hard as they do. …

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