All photography by Dylan James Photography featuring Samsung Smart AI washing machine and dryer

The Laundry - Our BuildHer top tips!

The once forgotten laundry is back, and back with a BANG! 

Today we are seeing the laundry being a super functional and beautiful space. This room is now getting its share of the buzz and building “jewellery” to match. With clever technologies such as Smart AI, capacities to suit different households and amazing new colour options in black AND white, you are spoilt for choice in finding the perfect Washing Machine and Dryer to fit almost any design idea.

Check out the fabulous new range from Samsung here.

What are the must-haves?

  • Good appliances which are rated high for both energy consumption and water usage
  • Enough circulation spaces in the room
  • Ample storage
  • An external door for access – if possible
  • Natural light – if possible
  • Good ventilation
  • Durable floor surfaces
  • Good bench space for folding
  • A full height cupboard for storage or brooms, mops, or vacuum cleaners
  • A door or cabinet door to conceal the laundry if it is a bathroom, garage, or hallway
  • What size appliances will make your life easier, a bigger washing machine – means less loads if you’re managing a busy household
  • Consider how technology, like wifi and AI can be your extra pair of hands
  • The laundry can look good, and your whitegoods don’t need to be white. Brands like Samsung have different colours including black to bring a sleek and sophisticated look.

What can you save on in the laundry?

  • You can save on the level of finish here – rather than a full laminate on the inside of a cabinet you can use standard melamine.
  • You can save on tiling as you do not need to tile to walls full height – just tiling the floor and a small skirting.
  • You can buy wire storage systems if you cannot afford new joinery.
  • Ikea offers affordable cabinetry

Here’s an example of a small tiled spashback, it still makes a great impact. We love the black tapware to match the Samsung washing machine!

What should you splurge on in the laundry?

  • We think you should splurge on the quality of the appliances (let’s be honest, who wants to spend hours in their laundry? You want good machines that are going to do the best job, first time!) We’re totally loving the Samsung Smart AI Washer and Dryer range.

Samsung’s Smart AI range delivers convenience both in accessibility and design through intuitive AI machine learning to remember your favourite cycles1 and allow access you’re your smartphone2. Large-capacity means you can finish more of your washing in fewer loads plus more choice in colour and style with both black and white appliance options. The range is designed for families to make laundry simple, stylish and smart.

  • A great sink and storage add useability and functionality to your laundry if you are building new you have the most potential to design the laundry to fix all your issues if you are renovating you make need to comprise features to suit the space you must work with.
  • Add in high end touches like gorgeous cabinet handles – in a laundry space there would be a few needed or an expensive tile/stone you love for the splashback in small quantities you may be able to buy a cheap off-cut.

The ideal depth of benchtops

The ideal depth for benchtops is usually between 600-700mm in a laundry and one of the key factors that will determine this is your appliances – if you have an under bench washing machine and dryer they will need to fit neatly under the bench, which means a front load washer will be ideal for you. With enough room for your tap connections.

Another factor to consider is the sink or laundry trough that integrates with the bench depth- if you use a ceramic farmhouse sink, often a tap will sit behind the bowl and you need enough space for this.

Plus, don’t forget to allow for the appliance’s clearance on either side and sometimes above most of the time you need 30-50mm either side but check the whiteware specs and installation guides during the design phase. Another option is the stacked set up. Whereby your washer and dryer is stacked on top of each other. Samsung have a great ‘All in Once Control’ option for this set up where you can control both the washer and dryer from the same panel.

How wide should you make your new laundry?

If you are building new, then the location and the size of a laundry is super important – generally these spaces are between 1800mm -2400mm wide – this will give you enough space for your appliances/ sinks on one wall and airing cabinets/ air dressers the other wall for shelving or handing storage and circulation space.

This said, if you are renovating you may need to compromise on the size and depth of the room based on the existing space that you must work within.

What to allow for in terms of walkways/extra space for integrated things like ironing boards, air dressers etc

A walkway of between 900-1200 will generally do to help with use of integrated items like ironing boards or drying cabinets.

Also think about the workflow in a laundry of space & laundry hampers. Rebeka has 4 hampers: 1 for clean laundry to be folded and put away, 1 for general wash, one for white and one for towels and bedding.

Other things to think about:

  • A laundry can be considered a wet area so make sure you waterproof your new plasterboard behind appliances and at tap penetrations.
  • You may like to consider storage or pet items/ pet or food for pets here too.
  • Consider if your trough or sink could be large enough to wash pets / sport gear and other dirty muddy items.
  • Families really value full laundries for resale, but in apartment style living the European laundry off the hallway is .
  • The colours and styles of the machines. These days there are more options that just white that can fit in with your laundry design and really take it to the next level.
  • Connectivity and technology. Think about the washing machine and dryer to help make your life easier. From wifi connectivity to the machine learning your favourite cycles.

If you need further assistance with your laundry, or any other part of your build, have a chat with Rachel our Style Guru and she can point you in the right direction. You can book in here and for more info on our Build Like a BuildHer course click here.