When designing your house, “unless you are a minimalist tidy freak”, there are bits, pieces and items that all need a home. Let’s be practical laundry is untidy! Not only that, for the smooth running of a house there are functions that just need to be accommodated within the envelope of home. So how do you find space for laundry? Planning!
One of the biggest responses I received on Twitter for a tweet recently was one of a wall mounted drying rack for clothes. Who knew that this one feature would generate such a long discussion? I have recently designed and installed this item into a project where the client really didn’t like to use a tumble dryer, using a washing line in the garden wasn’t practicable – so I researched on the internet and found a number of options.
Image 1– A homemade wooden rack – which would have worked, but the difficulty is finding someone to make it for you and being bespoke would have been prohibitively expensive for a practical item such as this. But this one from www.pulleymaid.com is rather good and the price is brilliant.
That stalwart of the ‘useful item you didn’t know you needed’ Ikea do some great wall mounted racks like the Grundtal Drying Rack – wall mounted stainless steel for only £20.00
Image 3– In a recently completed laundry room, squeezed into the attic slope of a attic extension. Not the best of head room, but for someone of my height 5’5” it’s fine. I can walk beneath the line which takes two loads of washing I used one of these wall mounted folding compact washing lines from The Clothes Airer Company. It gives you 20 mtrs of drying line.
In a busy household where you don’t want your drying clothes to be sprinkled around the house drying on radiators and flolding racks – a well designed small space can save you this issue. You don’t have to have a special room for laundry, just some thought put into where it’s all going to go – and shock horror gasp, the washing machine doesn’t have to go in the kitchen! Not something that is often considered important by many interior planners, but to me a well-designed room for laundry is a thing of beauty!