In an effort to improve efficiency, many newer homes have been equipped with a second floor laundry room.
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When building a new home or remodeling your existing space, it can be tough to decide whether to move the laundry room upstairs or to stick with the traditional location on the first floor. Consider the following advantages and disadvantages of a second floor laundry room to see if it’s right for your lifestyle.
Second Floor Laundry Advantages
When all of the bedrooms are upstairs it can be a real pain to cart dirty clothing, towels and bed linens downstairs to be washed and dried, only to have to tote it all back upstairs to be put away. Add another set of stairs to the task if your machines are located in the basement. According to This Old House, the average American family does 400 loads of laundry each year! That’s a lot of trips trudged up and down the stairs with heavy and unwieldy baskets of laundry!
Eliminates Need for Hampers
When the laundry is just a few steps away from each bedroom, who needs all those laundry hampers? The elimination of hampers can free up some serious closet space. Not to mention, who wants dirty clothing, towels, and linens taking up residence in their bedroom when it can be banished to its rightful place in the laundry room to await washing.
Added First Floor Square Footage
Many homeowners enjoy the added living space downstairs that a second floor laundry room provides. Moving an entire room upstairs will save precious first floor square footage, allowing it to be allocated to the kitchen, or a half bath, or living room . . . wherever you need it most.
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Second Floor Laundry Disadvantages
Even the best washing machines aren’t immune to the occasional breakdown. A washer overflow is likely to cause a lot more damage if it occurs on the second floor than on the first. Homeowners concerned about leaks or flooding may choose to place a pan under the washing machine to collect any leaks or overflows, and direct the water straight to the floor drain.
Front Load Washer Vibration
Some older homes aren’t equipped to handle the power of a front load washer’s spin cycle. While front loads use considerably less water, as a result they may vibrate more. In an older home this can be a drawback if the vibrations cause the entire house to shake, rattle, and roll through each load of wash. If you live in an older home, but your heart is set on a front loading washer on the second floor, be sure to have a contractor assess your space to see if you need to reinforce your laundry room flooring and make any other provisions.
If you happen to do the majority of your laundry while your family is at home and hanging out downstairs, you may actually find the location of a second floor laundry room inconvenient and disruptive. Running upstairs frequently to move laundry along from the washer to dryer, hanging up drip-dries, and folding may cause more problems than just carrying the dirty laundry down and the clean back up.
Other Popular Laundry Room Locations
If you decide a second floor laundry room isn’t right for your home, you are in luck! Since laundry rooms sizes are flexible, they can be installed just about anywhere in your home. Consider the following alternative locations for your laundry room:
- Off the kitchen
- In the mudroom
- In the basement
- In a hallway closet
- In a bathroom
Do you want to talk to a professional designer about the layout options for your new home or remodel? Request a Design Consultation with an MBS Interiors Designer today and see the possibilities!