Laundries were once purely functional spaces. Today they are cleaning havens with add-ons from mudrooms to drying cupboards. However, one thing that all laundries need are cabinets. Whether you want a few or a multitude, it pays to know what will perform and look the best. Our guide to laundry cabinets will help you know how to choose the cabinet that best suit your needs. So what kinds of laundry cabinets are there? Types include:
- Free-standing: offer maximum flexibility as they are not permanently installed. Be mindful of weight restrictions and ensure they are assembled correctly for safety. Typically a short term solution for the laundry.
- In-built: will be attached to the walls or floor in the laundry, can be open or with doors or a mixture of both.
- Under-bench: if you have room for a laundry bench, you have a great space to add cabinets underneath it. Also known as base cabinets. Pull out base are very popular, but there is a market for doored versions or open cabinets for easy access to supplies.
- Overhead cabinets: offer ideal storage and can more safely store cleaning chemicals. Can be installed above sinks, benches, washing machines and dryers. Overheads tend to last longer as they are not subjected to the same amount of wear and tear (like water) as under-bench options
- Specialty cabinets: includes laundry chutes, detergent pull outs, ironing board cabinets, drying cabinets and for those with an upstairs, a dedicated dumbwaiter.
Of these cabinets, you may opt to have them custom built or buy pre-assembled, modular or flat-pack in standards sizes. Bespoke options will demand a higher price point, but are worthwhile to maximise the storage and utility of a laundry.
How do I decide?
When you’re choosing cabinets for the laundry, combinations are key. A useful laundry has both wide and narrow storage and ideally some flexibility in case you want to reorganise down the track. A mix of open and doored cabinets is a popular configuration and allows for maximum décor potential. For a smaller laundry: slim cabinets above a countertop offer storage and bench space in the one area, corner cabinets can make the most of odd or petite angles and a washing machine cabinet provides storage and your very own washtower. In a larger space, or full-scale laundry, you’ll have more choice in how you configure your cabinets: big and deep, ironing and airing cabinets, a linen press, pull out laundry hampers and cabinets to conceal the washer and dryer.
Where to next?
frequently asked questions
Laundry cabinets should be durable and functional. For this reason metal, rubber and various types of wood are popular. Types of wood suited for cabinets include hardwood, MDF, plywood, rubberwood and veneer, ideally with moisture resistance.
Cabinets can range from high end to very affordable depending on the style, materials and degree of customisation that you select. Standard sizes start at only a few hundred dollars, while extensive cabinetry solutions can cost up to several thousand.
Once you decide on the type of cabinet that you want, shop around to learn your prices, then you’ll know when you’ve spotted bargain, rubber and engineered wood are typically less expensive materials that are suitable for laundry cabinets.