Laundry cabinets are really no different than kitchen or bathroom cabinets. They're just located in a different room. Depending on where the laundry room is located and whether it serves multiple roles will be a determining factor in in the kind of laundry room cabinets to choose.
The choices you have are obviously wide ranging and are limited only by the amount of space you have and your budget. Getting your objectives for laundry storage cabinets laid out ahead of time will help you make good decisions about layout and functionality.
Similar to planning for kitchen cabinets, taking inventory of what you have and what you need space for in your laundry room will make sure you end up with the right amount of cabinet and shelf space.
Finally, there are several options for cabinet sources with products that fit just about any budget.
Choosing laundry room cabinets starts with finding out what you're objectives are in combination with the look, style and location of the laundry room itself.
For example, your laundry room might be located in an unfinished portion of the basement and all you need is a few places to store some of the things that typically lie around the washer and dryer.
On the other hand, you might be designing or already have a large laundry room that's the main hub for cleaning, ironing and folding the family's wardrobe. In that case, more stylish and functional laundry cabinets might be on your wish list.
Do you have piles of laundry on the floor that you can't get to right away? Base cabinets that have pullout hampers and bins are a great way to get that clutter off the floor, and also make the room a bit safer (ever get your feet caught up in a pile of laundry?).
The point here is that if you do some up-front planning and think about how you want to improve your laundry room, you'll end up making better choices about the style and features of any laundry cabinets you buy.
Determining specifically what you want and need in the way of laundry cabinets is a good first step. Next, consider these points to make sure you've covered all the bases.
If you have a top-loading washer and dryer make sure any wall cabinets that you hang above them don't get in the way of the washer and dryer doors. There needs to be sufficient room to swing the doors up and open. You'll also want to locate shelves or cabinets that house detergents within easy reach of the washer.
Using several base cabinets means you'll have a larger countertop and more work space. Place cabinet shelves at an appropriate height to make it easy to access those self-dispensing laundry detergent jugs.
There are several options available to you when choosing laundry cabinets. Since some laundry rooms are out of sight, how the the cabinets look may not be as important as how well they function. Here are some options when it comes to buying laundry cabinets.
Photo Courtesy Of Armstrong CabinetsThere are cabinet manufacturers that make cabinet "packages" specifically designed for the laundry room. One example is the LaundryCenter™ from Armstrong Cabinets.
The LaundryCenter is a customizable modular cabinet concept that features a range of accessories and options geared for the laundry room. These items include a stow-away ironing board, rollout hampers and inserts that pull out for use with hangars to air-dry garments.
The system is scalable so you can order the right quantity of cabinets for the size of your laundry room as well as tailor the organizing and accessory features for the functions you need most.
Other cabinet makers have similar organizational and storage solutions tailored for the laundry room. If you choose a custom cabinet maker, you're virtually unlimited as to the style, dimension and arrangement of cabinets for your laundry room.
Sources like this include Closet Factory, California Closets and Closet Tailors to name a few. Some companies operate on a franchise system and locations vary. Their websites have locator functions to determine if there are retailers in your area.
If you're in the midst of a kitchen remodel and your existing cabinetry is still usable, consider giving some of the boxes a new lease on life in the laundry room.
Many older homes were made with very durable solid wood or thick plywood cabinets. Maybe all they need is some minor repairs to hinges and hardware to be put to good use again.
If your own home isn't the source, maybe someone else's is. Consider using cabinets saved from other renovations. You can find them at businesses that specialize in building material salvage. Just input the keywords "building materials salvage" along with your city in a search engine to find local dealers.
Another source is Habitat For Humanity's ReStores. ReStores are retail outlets that sell used and surplus building materials at reduced prices. Proceeds help fund Habitat for Humanity efforts within the local community. Information on locating U.S. and Canadian ReStores can be found here.
Reusing cabinets for laundry room purposes is usually a win-win prospect since it's usually less expensive than buying new cabinets, minimizes the use of new resources and helps eliminate waste from filling up landfills.
Kitchen Cabinet Quality - This article isn't just about kitchen cabinet quality but any kind of cabinet. Discover what to look for to find quality when shopping for cabinets.
Garage Cabinets - Learn what kinds of cabinets are available for the garage and decide if you want to go low-tech or high-tech.
Buying Cabinets Online - Be they kitchen, garage or laundry room cabinets, this article shows you the online cabinet buying experience and what to look for should you go this route.