Designating some of the extra space of a basement as a laundry room affords the homeowner the opportunity to conceal the laundry area from the rest of the house and free up more of the main level's living space. Every laundry room needs proper plumbing and electricity; once these are installed, the laundry room can serve its purpose from the basement.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Joint compound
- Wide putty knife
- Storage cabinet
- 2-by-4 wood studs, 20 or more
- Paper tape
Setting Up the Laundry Area
Locate the main sewage line in the basement. If it has a standard access plug, a laundry drain line can be connected to it as an extension.
Hire a plumber to install the water and drain lines for the laundry. The plumber will help you determine the best location for the laundry area in the basement based on the most efficient location for the water and drainage lines. Also have the dryer vent installed through the basement wall.
Hire an electrician to install the electrical outlets for the washer and the dryer. If the area already has a standard 110-volt outlet, this will be sufficient for the washing machine. Install a 220-volt outlet to carry the power needs of the dryer.
Repair and paint the walls after the installation. Fill in any holes made in the walls from the plumbing and electrical installations with joint compound. Once the compound is dry, paint the laundry area walls.
Install the washer and dryer. Connect the water lines to the washer and insert the drain hose into the laundry drain pipe. Hook up the electrical plugs for the washer and dryer to their outlets. Start the units to test that they are in good working order.
Install shelves and cabinetry in the laundry area to add storage and convenience to the space. Install shelves above or next to the washer and dryer to hold laundry supplies and hanging rods to hang clothes. Cabinets help conceal laundry room items, and floor cabinetry lends a bonus work surface for folding clean clothes.
Closing in the Laundry Room
Determine the floor size of your basement laundry room. This solution will make the laundry area its own room, separate from the rest of the basement.
Frame out the laundry area with metal tracking and 2-by-4 wood studs. Space the wood studs every 12 to 16 inches, reinforcing the corner turns with four studs.
Plan the location of the door. Measure the door's size and add an extra 2 1/2 inches to the width and height opening of the door for the door framing and for a gap between the floor and the door.
Insulate and cover the wall with drywall. The insulation will help regulate the heat from the laundry room and deafen the sound of the machines when they are on. Fill in the seams with paper tape and joint compound.
Hang the door. Use a chisel and a hammer to notch out the location of the door hinges, and notch out the framing at the level of the door knob for the strike plate.
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