By Meg Escott
There are several different options for where to locate your laundry room (or laundry closet) - some obvious and some not so obvious. Let's take a look at the design considerations and then we'll look at the possible locations and you can figure out what's the best place for the laundry room for you.
Over on the laundry room design page we discuss what makes a good laundry and some of the points deal with the location of the laundry room and here we'll look at those in more detail. The questions we need to ask are the classic why (to have clean stuff), who, when, where and what. The answers to these questions feed into how to design a laundry room.
The laundry room dimensions page explores different layout options for different sizes of laundry spaces
Of course it might work better for you to have laundry spaces around the house (appliances, drying, ironing and folding taking place in different locations)
The size and number of people in your household will determine how much space you need for a laundry and guide you to which of these two types of laundry spaces will work best for you.
Once you've made a choice between a laundry room and a laundry closet the next question is where to put it. It's a mix between which floor the laundry is going to be on and which other spaces in the house you want nearby.
If your home is on one level then the question of which floor doesn't apply. If you live on multiple levels it makes sense to try and minimize the amount of carrying involved. Homes come in many shapes and sizes maybe with bedrooms in the basement or kitchens upstairs so we'll base this discussion on the other spaces that should be near the laundry
If you have a large family and a large home it may even make sense to have two laundry spaces.
So if your laundry is to be near the kitchen where might it be?
You can just see to the laundry as you're seeing to other things in the kitchen.
If you have space for a laundry room the space could do double duty as a butlers pantry.
Carrying to and from the bedrooms, bathrooms and linen closet.
If your main living area is also near the laundry noise could be an issue.
On house plans and floor plans you'll often see the laundry room located in a transitional space such as the mudroom or in the corridor next to the family entrance of the home.
Sweaty, muddy, wet gear can be ditched immediately where it's going to be washed. If this is the case in your household I also recommend a shower in the mud room.
The mud room or family entrance is often used for pets. In my opinion pets and clean laundry don't mix.
Most of the laundry has to be carried from and back to the bedrooms and linen closets.
If you've going for a laundry location near the bedrooms you could put it...
Most of the laundry is generated from undressing which takes place in bedrooms and bathrooms which tend to be located together. This location minimizes the amount of carrying involved.
A space near the bedrooms would feel very much like being part of the home rather than just a utility space.
If there was a flood there could be more damage but this can be mitigated by placing the appliances in a bathroom.
If some of the laundry is very dirty there might be mess created by getting the dirty laundry through the home to the laundry room.
Running the laundry appliances at night would create a noise issue.
Out of the way
There's no problem with noise at any time of day.
Flooding likely to be less of an issue.
If laundry is done by a householder then there's a bit of a walk to the laundry each time something to do with the laundry needs to be done.