Whether you're creating a laundry room from scratch or trying to jazz up an old space, the number and type of countertops you choose will affect the look and efficiency of your laundry room. In the past, laundry rooms tended to be in unfinished basements, so it didn't matter how the countertops looked. Today, with finished basements and upstairs laundry closets, laundry rooms have become a more public part of the house.
Keep It Simple
If you just want a basic countertop for folding clothes, purchase a length of sealed wood or laminate to serve as your countertop. Got a kitchen remodel planned? Save yourself some cash by having your contractor install the old countertop from your kitchen in your laundry room space.
If your laundry room is in a public space but you still need an inexpensive countertop option, try tile. A waterproof tile, such as a ceramic tile, is an easy-to-clean option for a laundry room countertop. The price of tile varies, but you can usually pick up a variety of tile styles for any budget at your local retail or home improvement store. Because your laundry room doesn't necessarily need to coordinate with the rest of your living space, such as a kitchen does, be creative and don't be afraid to jazz it up with a bold colored tile or mix of tiles to create a rainbow of color.
If you're looking for something durable, think about installing a concrete countertop in your laundry room. No longer limited to simple gray, concrete comes in a variety of colors and can look glossy or matted. Depending on how your laundry area is designed, your contractor may cast your concrete countertop on site or bring it in precast. A concrete countertop will set you back about $65 to $135 per square foot, according to the Concrete Network.
If you're trying to go green at home, think about sanding down and reusing an old door to create your laundry room countertop. If that's not your style, check out other green countertop options, such as countertops made from recycled paper or glass, or buy an old countertop from a local building supply store that specializes in selling used home items.
Go Natural with Stone
For a solid, easy-to-clean surface, try stone. Stone countertops come in a variety of options from simple stone tiles to solid slabs. For a do-it-yourself countertop option, choose a type of large stone wall or floor tile, such as slate or granite, from your local home improvement store and install them as your countertop.
If you'd prefer a solid slab, you can purchase slabs of granite, slate, marble or engineered stone in a variety of sizes and colors to form countertops. Unlike granite or slate, engineered stone is created from a mixture of polymers, colored pebbles and epoxy. Engineered stone tends to be more stain and heat-resistant than most stone, which can stain if not sealed properly. The price of a stone countertop varies, but most types of stone run between $50 to $100 a square foot, according to Bob Vila.
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