Why Drying Rooms are the feature every homeowner wants in winter

Matt Wineera, AREINZ
Matt Wineera, AREINZ
Published on July 4, 2018

It’s the room everyone wishes they had in winter.

Drying rooms solve the wet weather washing juggle, when damp clothes lay draped over clothes horses and haphazardly placed on heating vents. Not only do they provide a dedicated space for drying clothes indoors, drying rooms are also a popular alternative to the costs and carbon emissions involved with using high-energy clothes dryers.

Designstuff’s Christina Fedders says they are increasingly on the wish list for renovators and home builders, particularly in Australia’s southern states and New Zealand’s colder climates.

Photo: George and Willy

“As our customers grow ever-more environmentally conscious, we are noticing the rise in drying rooms, particularly with our Melbourne clients,” she says.

“Mark our words, drying rooms and drying cupboards are the new must-haves, when renovating or constructing a new build in 2018.”

Drying cupboards are preferred over drying rooms when space is limited. These can either be well-ventilated cupboards, such as the drying rack room created by last year’s Block contestants Josh and Elyse, or ready-to-install powered cabinets.

Drying rooms solve the wet weather washing juggle.  Photo: George and Willy

At around 4×2 metres, drying rooms provide more space than drying cupboards. They are installed with hanging rails, so wet clothes can be dried with no need to iron afterwards, as well as storage shelves and benches for folding clothes.

Solar-powered systems in both drying rooms and cupboards have also proved popular. Melbourne business Global Eco and Environmental Solutions sell a solar air module unit that uses the sun to warm air in a solar heat collector and duct this warm air into the drying room. The concept of the sustainable drying room was first tested in 2008 on the ABC program Carbon Cops and has been a great success, managing director Arne Hachmann says.

“On days with showers, it’s a great alternative to being frustrated about your washing getting wet again, before you manage to get home from work to recover your washing from the outdoor clothes line,” he says.

Volume builder Porter Davis offers drying room upgrades to its new homes and they are proving a valuable option for big families, says interior designer Patrizia Romeo.

“Drying rooms are most popular among larger families, as it’s a place where you can leave all your loads of washing and ironing and store linen so it’s hidden from the main areas of your home and kept away when guests come over,” she says.

“It’s a very handy space to have, especially in the colder months when you need to bring your clothes inside from the weather. Rather than having them scattered around the house to dry, which can look quite messy, you can keep them all hidden away in this space and leave them to hang dry.”

Drying cupboards are preferred over drying rooms when space is limited. Photo: Porter Davis

Drying rooms are even more effective when installed with desiccant or compressor-based dehumidifiers, says interior designer Kerena Berry of Designbx, who suggests combining them with mudrooms.

“These drying rooms can save you a significant amount of money, by drying clothes and other laundry items, through desiccant dehumidification,” she says.

“A great solution is a drying room that acts as a combined laundry and mudroom, with heated concrete floors and cross ventilation, from doors and windows.”

Article courtesy domain.com.au -by Kate Jones

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