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The Basement: Laundry Room Layout

by - Monday, April 02, 2012

And just as I thought we were moving quickly in the basement, things have slowed down. A few unexpected delays mean our framing will start sometime this week. That means I've got time on my hands to plan and scheme. So using the Ikea kitchen planner, here's what the laundry room is looking like:

View from the hallway entering into the laundry room
A bird's eye view

Looks like I have the room pretty well planned out, doesn't it? Well... that's because we've had these Ikea cabinets sitting in our storage locker for the last year and a half. Ugh. If you remember, we tried to get this basement reno off the ground over a year ago, then had a falling out with the contractor we were just about to hire so decided to switch gears and renovate the living room instead. So these cabinets have sat. In a storage locker. Costing us $$. I'll be so glad to get rid of that locker and move everything back into the basement.

We completely forgot what cabinets we had bought and lost our shopping list so we pulled them out last weekend and did an inventory. I think this is what we had planned. This is the view from the storage room. I would have loved to have tall pull-out pantry towers on the left wall but the ceilings are only 7' tall so we'll have to go with stacked cabinets. Maybe we'll put little cubbies in between so we don't waste the space above, or we could put a narrow open shelf there. The pot drawers on the bottom will be used for storing linens and household items. The inspiration pics I posted last week have got me thinking about beadboard and planking. Maybe on the backsplash, or on the ceiling.

On the opposite side, we have room for the washer and dryer and sink cabinet. We have upper cabinets going wall to wall. I wish they lined up with the machines and cabinet below but they don't. We'll definitely be doing a countertop over the washing machines. Not sure if we'll go with wood countertops but I really like the look. It may not be the best material though for a wet area.

Seeing as I've been thinking about this room for so long, there's a few other ideas I've got in mind. There'll be some frosted glass and mirror (maybe), a chrome rod and other decorative elements. That's the plan anyway. We'll have to wait and see if it becomes reality.

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  1. Lorena12:29 PM

    Looks great. One suggestion, if you're thinking of vinyl floors--rethink! I did it as a cost saving, easy diy and was really unhappy. It always looked cheap even though the tiles weren't. Within a few months, I tore them up and tiled. Got some very nice 12x24 grey porcelain at New Canadians Lumber (dupont, christie) for $1.79 sq foot. They look great and in the end same cost as the vinyl. The tiles have a concrete look. Recently I saw the very same tiles at Sherwood Fine Foods (beautifully redecorated, high end food mart, mt pleasant, sherwood). They laid the tiles in a herring bone pattern. Looked aaammmaazzzing--especially at that scale!

  2. leah @marital bless12:29 PM

    It's just too pretty!

  3. Christina Attard12:29 PM

    Can I make a suggestion? Don't like the upper cabinets stacked right onto the counter above the row of lower cabinets. I think you'll want to put stuff on that ledge and then opening the doors will be a pain. My idea would be to try to raise them to ceiling height and make the counter the full area of the cabinets underneath?
    Does this make any sense?

  4. michelle12:29 PM

    This looks great Jen.  Would you rather have had pantries instead of the pot drawers?  
    I am trying to plan my long and narrow laundry room as well.  I really need to learn and use the Ikea planning tool.  Also, do standard counters fit with the depth of the big machines?  My appliance are so deep that I am considering stacking them.

  5. Erica Nickel12:29 PM

    Hi Jen, your plan looks great! I have an idea for you - if you need a hanging rod for damp clothes, why not use the space between cabinets on the side opposite the appliances? 
    Looking forward to seeing the basement reveal!

  6. Ohh girl, it's going to be amazing down there! You will love it and it will be well worth the wait : )

  7. ramblingrenovators12:29 PM

    Thanks Leah :)

  8. ramblingrenovators12:29 PM

    It makes sense but I think we'll only have 5 or 6 inches between the counter and uppers. Not sure how useful that will be. But good point about the doors; I'm not sure how they're constructed but we would definitely want them raised a bit off the counter. We'll have to see I guess once the drywall is up and the lowers are in.

  9. ramblingrenovators12:29 PM

    I think it depends on what you're putting in the pantries or pot drawers. I like pantries, preferably with pull-outs, for smaller items like cans and perishable goods. The pot drawers will be good for linens or heavy items (like vases or decorative objects) that you have to lift in and out.

    Good question about the counters - I didn't think about that! i don't think they'll fit with the Ikea counters. The machines are 30" deep and I think countertops are a standard 24".

  10. ramblingrenovators12:29 PM

    We had considered vinyl floors so thanks for your feedback. How I would love to have herringbone floors anywhere in my house!

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  12. Love the plan and so glad that you mentioned you are running the counter top over the washer and dryer as well! When I saw no counter on the machines I was screaming "NO...."

    The layout is fantastic and I am stunned with what the IKEA kitchen layout tools can do! It is amazing and the 3-D views from all angles... Speechless.

    Love the antique mirror and vintage ads idea. Can't wait to see the vinyl lettering! Always want to try and haven't found a good place for it yet!

    Can't wait to see it all happen!

  13. Love this! Looks like you are totally making the best use of the space you have!

  14. Looking good! I just pulled a multi coloured chevron fabric yesterday! Excited for you guys to get that storage locker closed up!

  15. Mckae (kaes corner design)12:30 PM

    Looks great! I love the idea of beadboard backsplash. And butcher block would look fab, but I think your right about the durability in such a potentially wet space. Great job!

  16. ramblingrenovators12:30 PM

    You've read my mind ;)

  17. Love the butcher block counters and cabinets that run right down to meet them. And you can never go wrong with a great chevron from Tonic Living. Beautiful!

  18. droooooooling. That will look amazing. 

  19. I was also thinking about the wood countertops.  I saw them in someone else's laundry room and really liked the look.  I don't really want to spend a fortune on countertops.   I hadn't thought about the wetness factor, and the nearest Ikea is about 3 hrs away.

    I also was looking for vintage laundry ads for the room (great minds think alike).  I can't wait to see what you do.  We only have tile down right now so it's a blank slate.

  20. Looks great so far.  Can't wait to see what you do!

  21. Love it Jen!!!  Functional and a lovely looking space.  Can't wait to see the special touches that will make it super fabulous!


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