COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES | Laundry Room Mistakes and How to Fix Them | Julie Khuu

COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES | Laundry Room Mistakes and How to Fix Them | Julie Khuu

Welcome back to the common design mistakes series! This video is all about common design mistakes for the laundry room and how to fix them. Your home’s most utilitarian spaces need as much love as the rest of the house, so consider these key features when designing the laundry room. No matter how big or small your laundry area is, I hope you get some good ideas to maximize storage, prioritize function, and streamline your workflow.

Catch up with our common design mistakes series here:

Let me know which rooms you want to see common design mistakes for next! Thank you for watching!

Cover image: House Beautiful
Edited by: Kelly Nguyen for Julie Khuu Interior Design
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  1. Robin Olsen-Scribner on May 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for allowing the eye to take in each new image before zapping onto the next. Also appreciate pauses in narrative to allow information to sink in. And I learned so much! Very well done. Thanks again ~

  2. jeepdawg on May 5, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Great video. Thanks so much! I’m about to start construction on a new laundry closet upstairs (7” wide)! Got some great ideas. We have side by side machines because we refuse front loading washers. So, I’m looking at basically 2 extra feet to the sides of the machines to work with (and of course above the machines!) and figure out the best use of space. It’s across the hall from a bathroom, so I don’t think I’ll need a slop or pretreat sink. We’re going to put a murphy style folding table on the outside side wall of the closet, so folding space is taken care of. I’m thinking some form of dirty clothes containment, whether that’s a pull-out lower cabinet that hides the hampers (one for towels, one for clothes!). Love the color choices in the video and keep up the great work!

  3. my cats on May 5, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you. I like how you speak clearly and slowly enough that I don’t need subtitles (I have to use subtitles a LOT for videos as I have some hearing impairment). One bit of constructive criticism is that the sudden pauses between speaking is a bit jarring. I know there is text on screen for some things, but the pauses between speaking seem a bit too long at times. I do like that the music you have is soft. So many videos have the music that is way too loud or have super annoying bass but the music you chose is pleasant and not too loud.

    I’m going with waterproof vinyl plank because it won’t tear as easily as sheet vinyl. I will put a waterproof barrier underneath it and a floor drain to allow water to drain out if there are any leaks or overflows.
    I don’t like cloth rugs for an area that gets wet so I will likely get a wide waterproof anti-fatigue kitchen mat so it’s not so uncomfortable when loading/unloading laundry.
    The only open shelving I will have will be directly above a window where a cabinet can’t fit. It will also have a closet rod to hang stuff on. On either side I will have two oak cabinets 12" deep. I got a free closet rod because my sister was throwing hers out. The unfinished oak cabinets are inexpensive and I can paint them whatever color I want.

    Wicker containers would absolutely not work in my house. My cats would dump the contents, claw the containers, and sleep in them. LOL.

    I fortunately have enough space for side by sides. Stacking would mean I couldn’t use the pedestal drawers. It would make the heights very uncomfortable for me– dryer would be too high and washer would be too low. I’ve got a bad back so pedestals make it much more comfortable for me. Also, there is nowhere we could put them without them obstructing a window.

    I may actually try the multiple tension rod thing, but we’ll have to see how things work out for the space. I’ll have to see how it looks though.

    I’m going to have a ceiling fan with a light to cool the room off and provide light. Definitely going with LED bulbs. I don’t need my laundry room to look pretty– I just want it to function. Right now mine doesn’t function well. I will be re-using an Evergo brand ceiling fan from the 70s/80s. I also like very bright lights instead of "warm".

    The back door (which is next to the washing machine) will add that pop of color. I painted it Behr Deep River blue. The machines are Mediterranean blue so they also have color. I’m debating whether or not to color the cabinets white or the deep river blue. I’m sort of feeling like it might be too much blue if I paint them blue. Since I’m taking out a wall and the ceiling tiles will be a mess, I might put up beadboard on the ceiling. Or I might just paint the shiplap (if there’s enough of it) white.

    I’m on a budget so the walls will likely just get a coat of semi-gloss or satin paint in white or a light blue. I disagree with wall paper unless it is waterproof. I know you are focusing on the design aspect a lot, but in terms of function, one mistake I didn’t see mentioned is something I see a lot: Not putting shutoffs in an accessible place. It’s important to be able to do maintenance so you need to have the shutoffs in an easy-to-reach spot in case of an emergency. It’s also useful to be able to pull the dryer out in case something gets stuck in the duct or the duct is damaged. The floor transitions can be a nightmare when trying to move the machines forward– the stacked machines also makes it very difficult to move them to get to the back for maintenance.

    Overall, you had some good ideas and suggestions. The images were pretty. I’m going to be content with an ugly laundry room so long as it works and I don’t bang in to the wall or hurt myself trying to load/unload laundry.

  4. BX B on May 5, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Your presentation was great. I have built an addition for a laundry room and I can’t pick colors, textures or wall paper. Thank you for the great tips. I’ll keep watching.

  5. Chelsey Marica on May 5, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Please do a common design mistakes on Basements. I know everyone’s is different

  6. J Annibal on May 5, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Honestly, those new washing machines don’t clean your clothes the way the "old and outdated" washers did. I want my old washer back! And can we please get real – what about those of us who can’t afford a house with a laundry room that is larger than my primary bedroom? What about those of us who have an old house built in the 1950s or older that have their basement "area" in the basement – not enclosed, ugly cracked concrete flooring, unfinished walls, unfinished ceilings with structural steel beams, plumbing piping, and electrical wiring, plus telephone wiring and cable television, etc. wiring (from the not so "old" days). Some of the laundry "rooms" you showed are bigger than my kitchen, and have more cabinets than my kitchen! How about pitching to women with homes that most of us actually have, not the top 10%. Thanks.

  7. CC Advisor on May 5, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Would you please do a video mixing different furniture styles.? I have inherited vintage pieces and I am not sure how or what to mix.😊

  8. suppaman19701 on May 5, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    You have great taste!!

  9. Audrey Young on May 5, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Problem with stacked washer and dryer if one breaks down then you have to replace the whole thing not wroth it

  10. Marjorie Judge on May 5, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    all these are gorgeous laundry rooms – – – you should see the ghastly make shift laundry areas in homes that are otherwise considered very up to date – –

  11. caroline on May 5, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Wow. Those laundry rooms are beautiful. Makes laundry exciting, very important.

  12. 9avedon on May 5, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Poor placement of actual Laundry Tubs. Cleaning with undersized sinks is a disaster.

  13. DAJ on May 5, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I could sleep in these laundry rooms. LOL!!! Keep up the good work.

  14. Cutitout G on May 5, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I just found you and love your sense of style. I just moved into a 3 level townhouse and I am having a hard time trying to organize and maximize my space, especially the kitchen.

  15. Cathy Oelze on May 5, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    My repair man said no to the stacked😊

  16. Fiorella D on May 5, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    What about husband who hates dryer machine, how to hide all those hanged clothes.. Thanks!

  17. Debbie Zullo on May 5, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Julie lol he’s buying a house that doesn’t have one!!!❤️

  18. Holly Whitmore on May 5, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Where can I find the pull out drying racks?

  19. pete32 adn on May 5, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    The washer water catch tray is $50 at HP, and put it under your washing machine. Most home owners and builders missed this out. When you do a larger load or delicate load, you will get water and soap overflow at the back of the machine onto the floor.

  20. Bonnie Duffy on May 5, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you so much getting ready to do my laundry I am sure glad I found your videos.

  21. Norman Graham on May 5, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I hate blind corners, so, so many of these laundry rooms were in my opinion, horrible. yet, there were also nice features.

  22. Sadie Guenther on May 5, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    There’s nothing I hate more than a front load washer NEVER 👎 in my house

  23. Veronica Macharia on May 5, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Being a neat freak, I would definitely want to see and learn more ideas in storage and organisation for my utility closet.🙂

  24. Ida Stuart on May 5, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    What a wonderful video, it’s very inspiring. I would love to hear your tips and ideas about long narrow hallways.

  25. Endel SMA on May 5, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Oh, the house we bought, the laundry room is super small.
    I am looking for an idea of how to maximize that small room.

  26. Elizabeth Stump on May 5, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    The newer models fall apart after a few years. The new ones have control with electrical panels and if those panels go wrong, the price to repair is almost the cost of a new appliance. My dryer I got when I moved into my first house 20+ years ago, and it was already 15 years old, and still runs better than a new machine.

  27. Arlene M on May 5, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Sorry, I plan on keeping my 30 year old Maytag top loading washer and dryer. Never once needed a repair.

  28. The Jovial Jae on May 5, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    13:01 yes please! A video on washroom closets. My soon-to-be new apartment has a water heater directly above the dryer on one side & a shelf directly above the washing machine. Awkward space for storage. 🥴

  29. Dina Denison on May 5, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Hello Julie~

    So very pleased I found you! Your content is beyond helpful; so much depth. I have learned invaluable lessons from all your content! My husband and I are slowly working through a whole house remodel… circa 1964! Our laundry is in the garage. If possible, a video addressing this scenario would be greatly appreciated.

  30. Gilda Lim on May 5, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    The vid could have been done in half the time 7 mins.

  31. MOM'S THRIFTY MEALS 💲 on May 5, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    These laundry rooms are nicer than my house! Very lovely. TFS

  32. ginacervi on May 5, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    I’m just about to start on a small laundry room project. I’m so glad I watched your video. So many great ideas 🤗

  33. Jenn Quinn on May 5, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    My mom’s new dryer was recently acting up; the heat wasn’t coming on and the dial wouldn’t select certain settings. She had a repair man come out to fix it… He informed her that it had gotten set on, and I quote, "the wrong personality" 😂 So keep that in mind, now you have to make sure your appliances have a nice personality before you buy them 😏

  34. AshleesWorld on May 5, 2022 at 9:11 pm


  35. Melissa Phan on May 5, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I love all of your series. Greatest teacher ever. Thank you so much.

  36. Komal ashta Kumar on May 5, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for such a helpful video…..
    I was searching for laundry room ideas and through your video I got flooded with so many awesome ideas and not only ideas but the points to consider while making it.
    Visual examples are the best part of your video, you made every thing crystal clear.
    Best video on Laundry Room in You tube.

  37. Chitra M on May 5, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Excellent ideas. We shouldn’t ignore this very useful room in every house

  38. Janet Gwynn on May 5, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    My laundry is in my carport is there a chance you could do a laundry idea for this thank you 🙂

  39. Claudia Hansen on May 5, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Excellent tips! Hoping to get SpeedQueen washer and dryer for new build. Our old Maytags are 27 years old and still working fine, will leave them in our condo.

  40. PBS #007 on May 5, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Nice tips, thanks a lot, like your ideas.

  41. Richard Resendez on May 5, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I just found this chat
    And it’s great this will help with my new laundry room we just built thank you 👍

  42. She Elf Johnson on May 5, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I agree with everything here except replacing washing machines with new ones. If you have an old one you really like that breaks, I highly recommend getting it fixed. I wish we had done that!!! I hate our new one because I have zero control over any of the functions. _I hate it🔥🔥🔥_ (And the way I used my old one was much more efficient than the way this one works.)

  43. SaltieCat on May 5, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    This channel is like going to design school – I learn something new with each and every video. Who would’ve thought about flooring in a laundry room? It makes so much sense! Julie, you’re a treasure! Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom.

  44. Deb Weissler on May 5, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    You overlooked one key aspect when selecting a new washer & dryer. All the bells and whistles are great but not if you struggle to use them. If you are over 60, placing & removing clothes from a bottom stackable washer can be a back killer. Place it on a pedestal and you need to be 6 foot+ to reach the dryer. Placing them side by side makes the most sense, with pedestals beneath for storage.

  45. Kay Vickery on May 5, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Tried a front loader washer and nope, never ever again. Top loader all the way.

  46. Judy loves crafts 🌅 on May 5, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Thank God my new built home has tiled floors with a drain near the washer machine

  47. Eileen M on May 5, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you again for yet another great video! My question may be too vague, but I’d love your input. I am moving into a much smaller space and am considering switching to a compact washer & dryer. The thing is, I just bought the set I have now, last year and I really like them a lot. They are stackable, but have a difference in dimensions of 4” in both height and width, with about the same amount of depth as the new compact pair I’m looking at. In your opinion, is that a noticeable amount of space and worth considering swapping out? Thank you, for your time and your hard work making these videos.

  48. Asha Kuldip on May 5, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Very informative. Thanks!

  49. Kat L on May 5, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    So helpful, thank you!

  50. vaneeand V on May 5, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Respectfully, I disagree on the appliance upgrade. They aren’t built to last anymore. If it’s not in the budget hang on to what works. The new digital faces and computer boards require an outside person to fix.