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Storage  /  November 23, 2022

Kelowna Handyman: Organize Your Laundry Room Like a Pro With These Tips

Organize your laundry room like a pro

Most people want a home with a first or second-floor laundry room. Unfortunately, most homeowners that get what they wish also get a small room with limited storage. Thankfully, there are storage solutions in Kelowna for making the most of a small laundry room.

Homeowners should talk to a professional contractor to learn more about storage options. However, there are four solutions that work for most homes, regardless of laundry room size and location.

1. Use Behind-the-Door Shelving

If a laundry room door opens inward, it has quality wall space that goes to waste. While the area behind the door might not look like much, it provides enough room for narrow shelving.

While curious DIYers can find project plans online, hiring a professional carpenter or contractor is the best way to get the shelving quickly and have confidence it will hold up against daily use. For many qualified contractors, the shelving represents a job for one or two days.

The primary concerns are the depth of the shelf and its anchor points. The shelving unit must remain narrow enough not to interfere with the door. It also must anchor to the studs in the wall.

2. Utilize Space Under the Sink

Many laundry rooms have basic wash tubs or basins as sinks — squared-off, large plastic tubs. The tub often sits atop four metal or plastic legs, meaning there is no cupboard. Thankfully, homeowners do not need a cupboard for storage.

Popular laundry organizer ideas often involve connecting a shelf to the legs of the laundry basin. The under-shelf allows for storing essential items, like detergent, fabric softener, etc.

Some manufacturers also make shelves specifically to fit their tubs. Homeowners might want to perform a quick internet search to see if they can find an under-sink storage solution. If they do not have luck finding a pre-made product, they can contact a carpenter or contractor to design one for them.

3. Install Floating Shelves

Every laundry room can use more storage. Floating shelving is an excellent addition to most spaces. Homeowners can find box shelving, wire shelving, close-hanger shelves, etc.

To make the most of a laundry space, many people suggest installing adjustable wire shelving. The shelving typically has a flat surface but can also come with different attachments, such as a clothing rod.

When installing shelving, it is vital to anchor it correctly. For homeowners with limited experience, it is usually best to call a contractor for help. The only way floating shelving can hold its weight capacity is to have a secure anchor point in a stud.

4. Organize Cabinets

Many people start using their laundry rooms with good intentions. Everything seems to stay in place for the first few months, but after using a laundry room for a while, people can get a little lax in putting things back where they belong. Suddenly, the laundry room becomes the place where random odds and ends go for storage.

To make the most of available storage cabinets, homeowners must remain vigilant about protecting the level of organization in the room. Put laundry supplies in one cabinet and emergency tools and stock, like batteries and flashlights, in another. If more storage is necessary, homeowners should consult with a professional.

Laundry rooms are crucial to the functionality of a home. Unfortunately, sometimes they need updating that goes beyond simple painting services.

When a laundry room lacks adequate storage, it is challenging and frustrating to use. Homeowners struggling to make the most of their laundry spaces should seek help. Contact Handyman Connection and schedule a meeting with a licensed and experienced contractor, someone who can help make the most of your laundry space.

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