WHEN it comes to interior design, the humble laundry is always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
But this hard working room, whether it's in a cupboard or a castle, increasingly does double (and even triple) duty as a mud room, pet bedroom and office.
Interior designer Elizabeth Luke said laundries were becoming bigger to cater for multiple uses.
"There's more to a laundry now than there used to be ," she said.
"I like to get some sort of mud room into a house," she said.
"I have a mud room and it's great, especially if you've got kids' soccer balls, boots and other things, it gives them somewhere they can get off their dirty stuff.
Ms Luke said a laundry had to work efficiently as well as look good.
"A beautiful looking laundry is useless if it doesn't meet the needs of the client," she said.
She said the benefit of using a designer to was that they would help get the best use out of the space.
"They're not working for a particular company that wants to sell you a particular item.
"If you get [the design] wrong, it's even more expensive [to fix]."
Winning Appliances' website also has tips for laundry design.
"If you're in a small space, thinking efficiently is essential," it states
■ Buy a front-loading washer and dryer with stacking kit or wall mounts.
■ Use underbench appliances in a large laundry to minimise clutter.
■ Take inspiration from popular kitchen layouts, such as galley style or U-shape.
■ Position the washer and dryer to avoid heavy lifting.
■ An ironing station with fold-out board.
More inspiration: lukeinteriors.com.au, winningappliancesblog.com.au, pintrest.com/yourhomefairfax.