In Design Tips & Tricks by Adam Jensen / Updated: January 6, 2022
Possibly one of the simplest luxuries that can come with owning your own house is having your own washer and dryer. From using laundromats, apartment complexes with a simple stackable washer and dryer, or washer and dryer hook-ups to having your own washer and dryer in your own home, you have to admit it is a pretty sweet perk to owning your own home. So, keep these finished basement laundry room ideas in mind when you’re updating your basement!
Now that you are considering what to do with your newly finished basement, you may be considering building a laundry room to suit you and your family. Finished Basement Plus is here to help you even if you are starting from scratch.
Laundry Room Functionality
Before you start construction on your new laundry room, you are going to want to think about all of the elements of what is going to be needed for your space. You are going to need plumbing for your washer and if you decide to incorporate a sink to wash out those delicates. You may need a larger or even a second water heater if you are a family that washes clothes frequently. You are going to need ventilation for the amount of heat produced by your dryer. You are also going to need a vent for your dryer that goes outside to prevent house fires.
This is going to be useful information at the beginning of your remodel when you are working on your insulation, building walls, electrical wiring, and building your floor. One of the major issues with building a laundry room is the cost of the remodel. This can be mitigated by considering all of the costs ahead of time and planning accordingly to avoid shortcuts that could turn into more expensive fixes later.
Basement Laundry Room Lighting Ideas
Your days of going to a dark, dim, and dreary laundromat are over. Also, your finished basement laundry room doesn’t have to be the creepy basement like the one that terrified Kevin on Home Alone with the scary furnace. You can incorporate appropriate lighting to brighten up the space easily via two methods:
- During the initial remodel of your basement, there will be discussions of how your want your space to be wired. This is the point when you decide if you want overhead lighting and how you want that lighting to look and function in the space.
- If you decide to wait until after the build or if your ceilings are too low for the previous option, you can incorporate other lighting sources into the space as part of the decor such as a true flush mount fixture.
Regardless of the method, you use to light your basement, you have plenty of options to create a well-lit space to do your laundry.
Laundry Room Flooring
Typically, the flooring space in many laundry room layouts is some sort of tile or laminate/hardwood variety. You want to have basement flooring that is relatively easy to clean and will be difficult to scuff or damage when you are moving your washer and dryer into your space.
When it comes to your floors you want lighter colors that will make the space look bigger and just brighter and more welcoming. Doing the laundry is already a daunting task. You are going to need as much inspiration as possible.
Basement Laundry Room Ideas for Organization
Okay, now all of the harder (and boring) stuff is out of the way. You can now focus on the more fun stuff: the appliances and the organization of your new laundry room! When thinking about your basement laundry room ideas for organization, you want to consider a few things like space, workflow, and necessity.
The amount of space in your basement plays a huge role in the type of appliances you are able to get, whether you are going to be able to have a sink and additional counter space for folding, and if you are going to be able to have some extra bonuses for your decor. You are going to be moving around in that space frequently enough and you should be comfortable while doing so.
Having a laundry room in your home is supposed to be a convenience for you and your family. The last thing you want is to have a space where you are constantly running back and forth grabbing things that could easily be moved closer together. (Unless you are trying to get your steps in for health reasons, in that case by all means go for it!)
You want to organize your space to suit your needs in every way which includes your financial needs, your practical needs, and to suit your workflow when doing your laundry. Also, laundry rooms are known for being spaces that also have extra storage space for other household items also. Incorporating shelving could also help with this.
When considering necessity, it is not to say that you can’t have the space that you want. What it means is that you may have to get creative with how you want to build and decorate your space. This is often heavily dependent on your budget for your space. The absolute necessities for a laundry room are in fact the washer and dryer. That is what makes a laundry room. Once you find the washer and dryer that fits your needs, the rest can be adjusted to fit your space and your financial needs.
For example, instead of having a bunch of cabinets and a countertop built, you could purchase a table and drawers or a moveable island that you would normally put in a kitchen and have that be your countertop for folding and your cabinet space for your laundry supplies.
You may not need a full two basin sink to rinse out those delicates when a simple farm sink will do. These often have deeper basins where you can soak certain items that require a little more TLC.
Laundry Room Decor
Now that you have the space built and organized the way you want, you can now incorporate some more decorating ideas that will turn your space into something that you won’t feel so bad about seeing when you are hauling baskets of laundry up and downstairs.
For painting your laundry room, it is a good idea to incorporate brighter and lighter colors into your space to not only eliminate that dreary, haunted look but to make the space look bigger. This means incorporating a lot of bright whites, light greys, and even some bright blues. You can incorporate more colorful accents with your cupboards or other cabinetry as well.
You can also personalize your space with different artwork such as paintings for your walls and maybe a few easy-to-maintain (fake) plants.
As you are coming up with your basement laundry room ideas, it is important to look at the big picture and consider all of the items you will need to purchase, remodel, and upgrade before you begin the project. Finished Basement Plus has been essential in helping our customers with all of their finished basement projects from start to finish. Contact us today to talk with one of our specialists about upgrading your space.