Unlike Western countries, where public laundries are popular, in Russia it is customary to do laundry at home. But most often a separate room is not allocated for these needs: the machine is located in the bathroom under the sink, and sometimes even in the kitchen or in the corridor. In fact, a laundry room can be organized even in a small city apartment, and it is doubly easier for the owner or hostess of a country house. In the article we will tell you what to consider, and consider examples of projects.
Where to equip
— In the house
— In the apartment
— In the bathroom
— In the pantry
— In the corridor
— In the toilet
— in a niche
— In a private house
— In the closet
Laundry room, laundry, hozblok — these words call a utility room or a separate area (for example, in the bathroom), where a place for washing and drying things is organized. Most often, towels, household chemicals, cleaning devices, etc. are stored here.
You can allocate a place for a laundry room both in the house and in a city apartment. Only the dimensions of the room and its location will differ.
In suburban housing, the situation is much simpler: as a rule, there is no lack of square meters, and the household block can be planned where it is convenient for you, choosing not only the area, but also the shape of the room.
Most often, an economic unit in a country house is made on the basement floor, in the pantry, next to the dressing room or under the stairs. It is better to move it as far as possible from the living rooms so that the sound of working machines does not interfere with rest.
In an apartment, allocating a place for a laundry is a little more difficult: you need to work with the existing layout and start from the location of communications.
The filling of the laundry area is determined primarily by its size. On a couple of squares there is enough space only for the most necessary, and if there are 8-15 square meters. m, you can arrange a whole complex with several zones.
This is a necessary minimum, but it is not necessary to be limited to it.
Despite the fact that this is a utility room, it must comply with the general style of housing. To make it seem cozier, add some decor: wicker baskets, posters, a vase with flowers or dried flowers, beautiful containers for household chemicals, aesthetic textiles. If the room is decorated in a loft style, hang lamps on chains and put boxes instead of soft baskets.
Consider interesting laundry design ideas in a private house and city apartment.
In an apartment, it is easiest to organize a laundry room in the bathroom — as they did in this project. A utility closet was built next to the sink and mirror: not too massive, but roomy. Several compartments were made in it: for household appliances, an ironing board, household chemicals, powder supplies and other trifles. And all this is hidden behind minimalistic light facades, which, when closed, almost merge with the finish — thanks to this, the real dimensions of the storage system are not striking.
If you have a pantry, even a very small one, you can allocate a little space for a hozblok in it.
In this project, the washer and dryer were placed in the classic way — vertically. They are opposite the entrance, and an ironing board fits perfectly in the gap between them and the wall. The rest of the space in the pantry is occupied by shelves on which it is convenient to store spare bedding, household chemicals, cleaning supplies and an iron.
And here’s what a miniature home laundry room might look like, hidden in an ordinary closet.
The storage system is located in the corridor, and when closed it is impossible to understand what is behind its doors. If you open them, inside there will be a full-fledged hozblok with everything you need. There is:
Washing machine with drying function.
Sometimes the hozblok needs to be placed on a very small area — for example, in this bathroom it was possible to carve out only 1.5 squares.
In order to accommodate everything you need on such a limited footage, the designer planned a practical closet in which there was a place for:
The wardrobe is decorated to match the finish, and all the storage is hidden behind the doors — as a result, the interior of the bathroom looks very neat and concise, while all the things necessary for washing and ironing are collected in one place.
If the bathroom has a niche or the ability to equip it, it will be a great place for a compact hozblok: it will fill the free space and at the same time will not take up extra space.
The owners of this apartment made a custom-made wardrobe to fit the size of the niche and overall equipment. It provides a column for washing and drying machines (they are fixed on a special shelf for vertical installation from the manufacturer) and a narrow storage section with two pull-out baskets — it is convenient to store household chemicals, cleaning accessories, toilet paper in them. Upstairs, two more deep shelves were made, they are closed with louvered doors, which the owners painted on their own to match the finish.
And here is an example of how to conveniently and stylishly arrange a laundry in a country house. Due to the large total area for the hozblok, it was possible to allocate enough space.
The room is decorated minimalistically and elegantly: different types of marble on the floor and walls, wood texture, semi-open fronts of cabinets that echo the laconic blinds on the windows. The room has two functional areas: a kitchen-like suite with main storage and a sink in one part, and an ironing board system in the other.
Everything is provided here for comfortable household chores: a lot of drawers and shelves for household chemicals, textiles and other things, a washing and drying machine, a sink and even a stool on wheels so that you can load and take out linen while sitting, and not bending down.
Another project in a private house, but this time, not a separate room was allocated for household needs, but a comfortable corner in a spacious bathroom.
The bathroom is decorated in a cozy white-brown-blue tones, tiles and different wood textures are used in the decoration, which organically echo the nature outside the window. The laundry area was organized in a custom-made closet, which is located between the sink and the window. Doors of the louvered type hide equipment and storage, but at the same time there is no feeling of solidity and bulkiness of the structure. The tumble dryer and washing machine were placed on top of each other, and shelves were made above to store the necessary things.