You Design it Part II – Mudroom/ Laundry Room Results are in!


Posted by Alicia Sell

It has been a long two weeks for the Sell family but I can finally say we have moved out of our old house.   I don’t know how it is possible that something can take forever and manage to still be a whirlwind experience, but we made it!  I am so glad phase 1 of our move is over and we look forward to getting ready for phase 2, which I will tell you more about at the end of this post.  The point is, I can’t wait to start designing and decorating the new house!

Mudroom /Laundry Room Survey Results

Two weeks ago I invited our readers to help design my mudroom/laundry area by giving feedback in a brief survey.  I have been pleasantly surprised at how many people participated!  I love all of the ideas you chose.  A lot of your ideas confirmed exactly what I was thinking, so you obviously have excellent taste. Some of your ideas also have me rethinking parts of the plan, which is a good thing!  Today I am sharing with you the results of your design choices.

If you want to see all of the options presented in the original survey, you can see them here.  There is no time limit on participating, so feel free to check it out and share your ideas.

But for now, here are the results.  

Which washer/dryer setup do you prefer?

61% preferred top load washer vs. the front load washer.  I have had both, and I can say without hesitation that I prefer the top load over the front load.  Done deal!


Which of these below is your favorite washer and dryer brand?

This was a fairly even split on what was your favorite appliance brand, but Maytag won out as the favorite with 26% of the vote.  Since there wasn’t an obvious brand favorite, I plan on doing a little research in Consumer Reports, since, you know, research is my thing (I’m a librarian by trade).


How important is it to have a sink in your laundry room?


I thought this would be a top priority, but you collectively rated it a 3.70 out of 5 with 5 being “very important.” I have never been fortunate enough to have one in my laundry room, but we decided to include one in our design plans.

Which overall laundry room look below do you like the best?

There were two options that you all seemed to prefer.  35% liked the design in the first photo below with the beautiful tiles and 35% liked the second picture, with the more simple sight lines.  Obviously you have good taste, because those were my two favorite looks.  If I had to only pick one, I think I would lean towards the the second photo with the simple sight lines, but I am also a big fan on the gorgeous tiles in the first picture!



Would you have the laundry room closed off from the mudroom (ie would you have them as separate rooms?

This was the big shocker – 57% of you said you would keep the mudroom and the laundry room in the same room.  Randall feels pretty strongly that they should be separate so that you don’t see the laundry room mess. Having said that, he isn’t the lead on doing the laundry, so we may have to think about this a little bit more….

Which cubby setup do you prefer?

62% of you decided that you preferred a mix of open and closed cubby space.  I completely agree with this one.


Which flooring do you like the best?

35% of you said you preferred the natural color tile in a herringbone pattern.  I had personally been leaning towards the black tile, but the natural tile is starting to grow on me.  We will keep it in mind.



Which entry door style do you like the best?

Thank goodness you like the dutch door! 43% of you chose it, and that is enough to confirm that my strange obsession with it is valid.  I really, really, really, REALLY hope we can fit it in the budget!


Which organization setup do you think would work best in the laundry room?

52% of you said you preferred hampers hidden in drawers.  I personally love the idea of hiding the dirty clothes away, but my only dilemma is that it assumes the kids will open the drawers to throw the clothes in the hamper.  My 15+ years of personal scientific research says that it won’t happen. I was leaning towards the rolling bins, but  I am keeping an open mind….



If you had a dog, which feature(s) would be a must in your dream mudroom?

Dog features.  Let me tell you Button Jar friends, we clearly have some dog lovers out there because you all had very strong opinions about this topic.  The dog feeding station was picked by 50% of you and the dog bath came in second with 45% of votes.  I think the dog bath is genius and I am trying to figure out to make it happen.  Not only is it a great spot to hose down the dogs, it would also be great for wiping down muddy shoes before storing them in the cubby.



Do you have a favorite feature in your mudroom/laundry room? Any advice for designing the space?

Wow, did you guys provide some helpful feedback!  I wish I could include all of them, but I have picked out the top 5 that best summarize your ideas.

“Bins for recycling material is a must for us.”


“Definitely have a hanging area for delicates that you want to hang dry (or shirts that you’re hiding from your husband so he doesn’t wear the same ones every week).”

“Lots of shoe storage! Even when I think I have enough places to store shoes, I run out of room.  How do 3 kids have so many pairs of shoes?”


“Tall, one door cabinet for storage of brooms, mops, cleaning supplies.  Shelf and hooks inside, as well.  Love lots of heavy duty decorative hooks for bookbags, activity bags, coats, dog leashes, etc.”

“Accessorize it attractively, so you enjoy being there. I also say make sure there is plenty of task lighting.”


Well that is it!  Thank you again to everyone who participated – I appreciate your feedback and ideas!  We are keeping them in mind for the design.  I can’t wait till we get to put these ideas into action, which leads me right into where we are today with the house. Our next step while we wait to close on the new house is to work with the builders on the blueprints and final drawings – eek!  We should be in the house in early November and break ground in December, but I know that is a highly optimistic schedule.  I will keep you updated.    I am hoping I can share the preliminary drawings with you next week, so stay tuned!


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