Diana Augspurger knows a few things about Western New York laundry rooms – and the people who use them.
“There are some people who do laundry, and then there are some people who DO laundry. There are two very different rooms for those two very different people,” said Augspurger, owner of Creative Storage, 634 Linden Ave., and a member of the Interior Design Association of Western New York.
The first group basically washes and dries the laundry, puts it in a basket and carries it upstairs.
The second group “wants to invest a little energy into doing the laundry. For those people, this is an important space. The obvious accoutrements – ironing board, hanging bar, sorting baskets and folding space – are all critical items to their health and well-being,” says Augspurger, who sells a wide range of laundry room products at her store and also online at morestorage.com.
A few tips:
• Consider function. Some people require the laundry room to do double-duty as a utility room. Utilizing wall space and keeping cleaning products, ironing board and other household items out of sight creates a neater space.
• Consider layout. Do you really need an 8-foot-long folding table? High cabinets that are hard to reach? “If you’re going to use your laundry room as a sewing room, gift-wrap room and all those other things, then having a lot of counter space is great. But if you aren’t, then having more accessible shelves that are within your middle body height is more practical than a bunch of upper cabinets that you cannot reach,” Augspurger says.
• Plan drying spaces for hanging up (dress, shirts) and reshaping flat (sweaters). Many different drying racks are available, including those that fix and fold to the wall or attach and raise to the ceiling as well as indoor racks for small spaces and outside lines that mount to the side of a garage.
• How fancy? “There is an aesthetic that comes with doing laundry for a lot of people. There is something about it that speaks to their sense of cleanliness overall. For those people, the room certainly should be fresh and clean-feeling,” Augspurger says.
Put function first, then ask to what degree should it also be pretty? Pretty, after all, can get pricey.
– Susan Martin