Mar 09 2011

Transforming a Basement into a Spacious Utility Room

Published by at 4:01 pm under Interior Design & Decorating

Many homes don’t really have enough space to put a washer, dryer and other necessities out of sight.  If your washer and dryer currently sit in a kitchen, bathroom or other open space, or you have a tiny utility closet with no room for hanging clothes or storing detergent and other needs, why not transform your basement into a spacious utility room?  You can remove these eye-sores from view, and create a spacious room for not only washing and drying clothes, but hanging and ironing as well.

Thoroughly check floors, water leaks, wiring etc.

Before you make the decision to move your “laundry room” down to the basement, make sure you check everything out thoroughly.  Have a plumber and electrician check out wiring and water supply, so that you know you won’t run in to any problems later on.

If there is work to be done, such as the installation of additional wiring, a drain or circuit breakers, have all of this completed before you begin the project.  You might also want to consider removing any carpet if you have it in your basement just in case any accidents occur or water seeps in.

Choose colors and decor carefully

While you may not really think about decorating a utility room, if your basement is large you may someday want to use it for other purposes such as a game room or reading area.  Decide what colors you want to paint the walls; if your basement has no windows, consider a light color to brighten the room so that it doesn’t seem quite as dreary.  Be sure to use a paint that is resistant to mold and mildew, since basements tend to be damp.

For the floors, a natural stone finish works well and won’t be harmed if water does happen to leak.  A concrete floor is sufficient if you cannot afford to change the floors; just add a few accent rugs here and there for a splash of color.

Furniture

It’s a good idea to add a couple of chairs and an accent table in your new utility room.  This will be an area where you can sit and read a magazine or enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting for your laundry to finish drying.  Any type of furniture you like is suitable, as long as it is comfortable and complements the rest of the decor.

A dehumidifier is a good idea to help keep the air in the basement dry, which also helps prevent mold and mildew from building on walls or fabrics that may be on your furnishings.

Finish the room up with “necessities”

If you have a large family and do a great deal of laundry, you will need to add a few finishing touches to the new utility room.  Consider racks for hanging clothes as they come out of the dryer.  Set up a special area for the ironing board, and place a few shelves on the wall to hold laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover products.  This is also a good place to store other chemical products you usually store elsewhere in your home; it will free up additional storage space!

Put these ideas to work in your home, and you will actually enjoy doing laundry!

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