Second level laundry guide


There are so many reasons to consider a second level laundry room! Learn more about them here – their pros and cons, how to add one to your home, and tips for avoiding water damage.

When we were shopping for our old house, one of the things I was looking for was a downstairs laundry room. I wanted to be able to do laundry easily throughout my day.

A second floor utility room with gray cabinets and a small white sink.

We ended up with a laundry room cloakroom that we have updated to become a bright and cheerful space with DIY painted concrete floor. We have converted a unused cupboard in a locker room bench with storage. The space worked well for our family.

However, when we purchased our current home, I specifically looked for a laundry room on the second floor. What changed? I realized that there were several advantages to having a laundry room on the second floor, close to all the bedrooms!

Now we love our second level modern laundry room. It has everything we need to make laundry easy and convenient. We have updated it to have all of Shaker style cabinets, a beautiful brass faucet, and even a Frame TV this is coupled with art.

Read on for all the reasons to love having laundry on the second floor. Plus watch everything my best laundry room organization tips here!

A white sink and a small cabinet in a second-floor laundry room requirement.

Benefits of second level laundry

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a second level laundry room for your home:

  • No need to carry baskets up the stairs – By far most of the laundry is generated in or near the rooms. These are clothes, towels, sheets, etc. Having the laundry room near your bedrooms will save you the hassle of carrying baskets of dirty laundry downstairs and cleaning the laundry upstairs.
  • Laundry takes less time – Less transport of laundry back and forth means less time spent in the laundry. It’s easy for everyone in the family to put away their own laundry when their bedrooms are just steps away.
  • No need for baskets in the rooms – With the laundry room nearby, there is no real need to keep a laundry basket in every room. Of course, you can still do that if you want to, but it’s just as easy to wear the clothes straight to the laundry. At the very least, there is no reason for teens to let their laundry baskets start to overflow!
  • Keep laundry out of sight – Is it just me, or is it good to have laundry away from where the guests can see it? Having it upstairs means customers are less likely to trip over laundry you haven’t finished finishing yet.
  • Reduces noise levels in main spaces – In addition to the visual clutter, a laundry room on the second level also keeps the noise of running machines away from your main living spaces.
A second floor utility room with gray cabinets and a small white sink.

The inconvenients

  • Can make your second level hotter – Your clothes dryer heat cycle can add heat to the floor, especially if it does not regulate the temperature well. Keeping the laundry room door closed helps.
  • Adds noise to your living space – A laundry room on the second level adds to the noise upstairs. This is something to consider if you have diapers during the day or enjoy watching TV or movies.
  • Higher potential for water damage – The risk of leakage is not greater, but the damage it can cause is increased. Of course, this is because the floor under the washer is also the ceiling of the first floor. A second floor leak can damage the ceiling, walls and floors of the first floor. Read on for tips on how to avoid water damage.
  • Can be expensive to add – Adding a laundry room on the second level can be expensive if not done during the construction of the house. In some cases, however, more can be added quite easily. Read on to find out more.
A second floor utility room with gray cabinets and a small white sink.

How to create second level laundry

Of course, the best time to add a laundry room on the second level is during the construction phase of the house. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done after the fact. Our current laundry room started out as a bedroom!

Here are some tips for creating your own second level laundry room.

A small white sink in a second floor utility room.

Space

First of all, you will need to save yourself some space. Like I said, ours was a bedroom. Unused bedrooms work great as they are usually large for a utility room, have windows for natural light, and have a closet for organization. They often also share a wall with a bathroom, which could save you money on hooking up your washing machine.

A large closet can also function for a washer and dryer. Obviously, it will not be a laundry bedroom, but in some situations a linen closet is sufficient. A long shelf and hanging rod provide additional storage space. If you’re installing a front-loading washer and dryer, you can even add a counter to fold laundry.

Look around your space. Maybe you have a very large playroom or a storage room that you could borrow space from. The best space will have a water line in an adjacent wall or directly below, such as a bathroom or kitchen on the first floor.

Connections

Next, you will need to add hookups for your washer and dryer. Your washing machine will need a hot and cold water supply, a drain, and an electrical outlet.

Electric dryers need a 240 volt electrical outlet and gas dryers need plumbing to a gas supply. Both types of dryers require an exhaust vent.

A rolling laundry basket with a washer and dryer in the background.

Fresh

The cost of adding connections is between $ 300 and $ 600, but it can go up to $ 2000. The cost depends on many factors, such as the location of the existing water and electricity pipes or if there is plumbing in the way.

For this type of project, it is best to plan for the unexpected. You never know what you’ll find inside a wall until you open it. Unless you are very familiar with plumbing and electrical work, this is a job for professionals.

Adding a laundry room on the second level, if you already have a space like a bedroom, can cost around $ 6,000. This includes the cost of a mid-level washer and dryer.

Remember to budget for fun extras like built-in items cabinetmaking, subway tile backsplash, wall art, a Fig tree with violin leaves, and a comfortable blanket. The finishing touches will help make laundry less of a chore!

A second floor utility room with gray cabinets and a small white sink.

How to prevent flooding in a second floor laundry room

Some people are afraid of a second floor laundry room because they are worried about water damage. But with a little planning, you can rest assured that your space is well protected.

  • Use a drip tray – A drain is located under your washing machine. It has a ledge around each side and a pre-cut hole in the center that connects to a floor drain and a pipe. If water were to leak, it would collect in the drip tray rather than spilling onto your floor. The drip tray would then channel it into the drain.
  • Use a water shutoff valve – All washing machines are connected to a shut-off valve. However, for an upstairs washer, you can make sure the valve is easy to reach so you can shut off the water line when the washer is not in use. If you are going on an extended vacation, for example, you can turn it off. This way you are sure to stop a flood caused by a burst pipe. You can also purchase and install automatic shut-off valves that detect water or leaks and shut off immediately.
  • Upgrade to braided steel hoses – For a few bucks more, you can upgrade from standard windshield washer hoses to steel braided hoses. They are much more robust and less likely to burst. You should definitely use steel braided pipe in a second level laundry room, but it’s a good idea in any laundry room regardless of the level.
A storage space in a utility room on the second floor, with a wooden shelf and peg rail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you have a laundry room upstairs?

Yes, this is a growing trend! In fact, it is a desirable arrangement for many families. It just makes sense to have your washer and dryer next to bedrooms where you need them most!

Does the upstairs laundry room add value?

It depends on what region of the country you are in, actually. But for most homeowners, a second floor utility room adds value to a home because it reflects modern sensibility and style.

How to avoid flooding with an upstairs laundry room?

Use an easily accessible water shut-off valve and steel braided hoses to prevent flooding. You can also use a drip tray for added security.

How to make a laundry room upstairs?

Many homeowners find that they can create space for an upstairs laundry room by stealing an existing bathroom, bedroom, or closet.

A second floor utility room with gray cabinets and a small white sink.

Maybe in an ideal world I would have a laundry room on both levels of my house. But for now I love my laundry room on the second floor!

What does your laundry room look like? I would love to hear!

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