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Overview

There are a few things to consider when planning out your laundry. We'll take you through the best places to put your washing machine, how much storage you'll need, and ideas for choosing your colour scheme. 

Steps

1Mark the plumbing locations in your laundry design

Key to your layout is where the plumbing is located in your laundry. You can move where the taps and waste outlets are positioned, but keeping them where they are will save you a lot of money in plumbing bills.
Capped water pipes and taped off power leads protruding from holes in a laundry wall

2Work out the space and storage needs for your laundry design

Measure the dimensions of all the key laundry appliances and storage you need. It helps to make a list of everything you need to store in the laundry like your brooms, ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Remember that you can never have too much storage space.
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3Work out where your power points need to be in your laundry design

Having enough power points and putting them in the right position can improve a laundry a huge amount. You'll will need one point for each appliance, including the iron if you are planning to iron in the laundry. Make sure you position them away from your sink.
Taped off power cables protruding from a hole in a wall

4Plan the lay out of your laundry design

Start with where your trough and washing machine will sit and work out everything else from there. The closer they sit to an external door, the easier it is to take your washing outside. Use your floor plan or a sketch to help you with this step.
A person holding a house floor plan and laminate swatches

5Work out the colour scheme and finishes for your laundry room

Once you know where everything sits in the room, start thinking about your colour scheme and finishes. Use a set of samples and swatches to make this part of the job easier. If you find you have extra space, consider finishes like a towel rail and a built in ironing board. 
A house floor plan with laminate swatches, a pen and a pencil

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.