Let’s face it, not all homes are blessed with large, functional rooms to wash, dry, and fold laundry. So if you’re looking to transform your laundry room into an efficient and well-organized space, you’re not alone—and we’ve got some design and storage ideas to help get you started.
Here are 5 simple ways you can make the most of your laundry space:
We’ll go over these ideas in detail below so you can give your laundry room the TLC it deserves. After all, laundry day is rough enough as it is, so you may as well do all that washing and drying in style.
Rethink your layout
In order to make the most of your laundry room, it’s important to rethink your layout and make sure you’re using space wisely.
If your laundry room is on the smaller side, switching to a front-loading washer and dryer could be a great solution. Front-loading washers and dryers can be stacked - freeing up a lot of the surrounding space. If you choose to keep your front-loading washer and dryer side-by-side, you can install shelving or cabinets directly on top, without needing to leave space for the doors to open and close. Overall, front-loading washers and dryers are big space-savers.
Instead of taking up floor space with a standing drying rack, install a custom rod between two upper cabinets for damp garments. If you have the extra room, consider lining up a trio of hampers with wheels. The wheels make them easy to move around the house and can help each family member keep track of their own laundry.
Add open shelves
Since you’re most likely working within a small space, laundry room organization can be daunting, but don't be intimidated. Take advantage of wall-mounted shelves to save as much floor space as possible. This is an easy, convenient way to store your detergents, stain removers, dryer sheets, and any other laundry must-haves.
The easiest way to add laundry room shelving above your machines is to install basic open shelving: choose from economical wall-mounted wire shelves or more elegant wall-mounted wood shelves. Unused corners in your laundry room are also great spots to add shelving. With so many wall shelf options these days, you can almost always find something to perfectly accommodate your space.
Utilize all available walls
Repurpose crates to keep your essentials organized and stack them on top of the cabinets to make use of all possible space.
Additional wall hooks can come in handy for hanging laundry essentials like shoe bags or items that need to be sent to the dry cleaner. Paint them the same color as the wall to make them blend in.
Once you’ve used all the wall space you can, it’s time to look to the ceiling. This is an overlooked spot that could double as a drying rack. Consider installing a simple ladder-like drying rack that is hung from the ceiling with chains. This is a smart investment for those that hand-wash a lot of clothing or have delicate items that aren’t put in the dryer.
Keep it exposed
Not every home is blessed with a separate laundry room. If yours is actually just a washer and dryer smack dab in the middle of a hallway, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered.
With an exposed laundry space, the goal is to make sure it isn’t an eyesore. In this case, cabinetry (as opposed to open shelving) is your best bet. Be sure to choose cabinetry that matches the rest of your home in both style and color. You can either make it pop or keep it monochromatic, but cabinets allow for your exposed laundry space to blend right in with the rest of the walls in the hall. Also, with cabinets, you’re able to hide away all of your laundry supplies and essentials.
Add baskets to cabinets
Sometimes the existing shelving inside cabinets doesn’t make the best use of your space.
In these cases, consider upgrading your cabinets by adding pull-out drawers or baskets for additional storage.
With baskets, you can quickly improve your storage space at a fraction of the cost of a full cabinet remodel.
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