As more Americans remodel or build new homes, the once oft-forgotten laundry room seems to be getting an overhaul. Simply put, people are thinking more about their laundry: better ways to clean, using fewer chemicals, being more energy efficient, and, of course, having an ideal space in which to carry out the task.
Here are 5 innovative ideas we found that can make the chore of doing laundry a little easier.
A built-in pet shower
What better place for a doggy (or kitty, if you’re brave) shower? A tiled backsplash ensures that when it’s time to shake dry, all that water stays contained in one place.
Blinds that double as drying racks
Kim Bobin & Ko Kyungeun dreamed up this Red Dot Design Award winning solution to the age-old task of drying delicates: window blinds that fold out into a drying rack. They’re smartly located near the best source of natural wind and light to utilize the natural sanitizing aspects of sunlight.
Wall-mounted lint bin & change collector
For those serious about recycling, dryer lint can be placed outdoors for birds to use when building a nest. And since many laundry rooms are low on extra room, making room for a big trash can seems like a misappropriation of space. Wall-mounted lint bins can be a cute solution for a pesky problem. Also wall-mounted? A jar for all the loose change that seems to materialize when it’s time to do laundry. Who knows – at the end of the year, you might have saved enough to treat the whole family to movie night!
Fold-up ironing board
We’ve all seen the ironing boards that gloriously fold up into the wall, out of sight. This take that smart idea a step further: the board itself folds in half, and therefore can be stored in an innocuous little drawer. Space saving — we love it!
Install towel bars for hanging clothes
An idea straight from the Queen of home luxury herself, Martha Stewart! Install a bath towel holder mounted on the underside of a shelf to create a good spot for hanging a row of shirts on hangers.
Free up space where you’d usually store detergents, fabric softeners and bleach
Possibly the coolest laundry gadget ever, the Laundry Pro gives you clean, sanitized laundry without using harsh chemicals, soaps or even hot water! Save money on your energy bill and at the store — the Laundry Pro means no more lugging home gallons of heavy detergents and softeners.