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April 15th is National Laundry Day (whatever THAT means...)

Posted by Amy Siders on April 14, 2022 0 Comments
April 15th is National Laundry Day which got the Waterhouse team dreaming about two things...
1. What if we never had to do laundry ever again?
2. Since #1 is probably not going to happen, what would it be like to fluff and fold in a lovely laundry room like this?
Laundry seems like less of a chore when you pair light and bright walls and shelving with the Kohler GILFORD sink.
Now, if we could just find all of the missing socks...

 

When it comes time to remodel your laundry room, there are essentials — like the washer and dryer, of course, and storage — that are necessary for functionality. But have you ever considered adding extra features to your design? Maybe a utility sink? You don’t need a lot of square footage to incorporate a washbasin. Just imagine being able to pre-treat stains, hand wash delicates, and rinse away dirt somewhere other than the kitchen or bathroom.

So, what do you need to consider before committing to a laundry room sink? Factors like your budget, the layout, how much space you have to work with, vicinity to the washing machine, and water pressure are all important things that can impact your final decision. 

Here's a few tips to follow when choosing your perfect laundry room sink:

  1. Go for a deep basin.

This deep washbasin will give you plenty of space to soak and scrub larger items, like bedding and rugs, even if you have a small laundry room. It can even double as a dog washing station or a place to rinse muddy boots.

  1. Put the sink near the washer and dryer.

When you're planning your "new" laundry room, try to place the sink as close to the washing machine as you possibly can. Try an undermount sink right next to a stacked washer and dryer so pre-treating stains would be a breeze. And bonus: Since you can transfer laundry directly to the washing machine, you don't have to worry about dripping water all over the place.

  1. Take water pressure into account.

A laundry room isn't the place to install delicate fixtures and dainty hardware. Instead, match a utility sink with a heavy-duty industrial sink faucet that will provide an adequate amount of water pressure. Try a semi-pro spring faucet like the Tournant from KOHLER that's equipped to tackle even the messiest of jobs.

  1. Give yourself plenty of space to work.

To save valuable square footage, you might be tempted to settle for a laundry closet instead of a spacious room. However, since washing clothes and linens is a chore that needs to be completed regularly, we recommend giving yourself a little extra space to work. How about a large farmhouse sink but also some counter space that lets you fold and store items like a laundry basket and ironing board.

  1. Use a drain strainer.

The laundry room is the workhorse of your house. Since you'll likely be rinsing out stains, dirt, and maybe even pets in your laundry room sink, you'll need to protect the plumbing from unnecessary clogs. The best way to do that is by using a drain strainer. If you empty (and clean) it out on a regular basis, you'll save yourself from a lot of headaches and a hefty plumbing bill. This strainer from Jaclo is available in 35 finishes!

  1. Consider a wide trough sink.

If you're fortunate to have a spacious laundry room, opting for a wider than average sink will give you more room for pre-soaking and scrubbing out stubborn stains. Plus, a large trough will also come in handy when it's time to water all your houseplants or rinse out a batch of dirty paintbrushes.

  1. Keep accessories nearby.

A laundry room sink is a nice luxury that's made even nicer when all your accessories are nearby. Install shelves above the sink and cabinets above the washer and dryer to keep detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets, and fabric softener. Pro tip: If you don't have enough space for cabinetry, woven baskets are a great alternative that will disguise your laundry supplies while keeping them within arm's reach.

  1. Opt for a farmhouse sink.

Laundry rooms can be both functional ​and​ stylish. Check out this apron sink, navy blue cabinets, subway tile backsplash, wood countertops, and a patterned rug. The result? A laundry room that you may never want to leave!

  1. Include a handheld sprayer.

For any laundry room with a sink, a handheld sprayer is a must-have. It will give you unmatched control that you just can't get from a standard faucet alone and will make rinsing out stains and spots easier than ever. The perfect choice?  The new Pet Handshower from Hansgrohe with three different spray patterns that will pamper your pooch like never before.

 

Very few people absolutely LOVE doing laundry. 

Let Waterhouse help you make your laundry room, your laundry closet, your laundry space -- however large it may be -- into a place you no longer dread spending time in. 

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