Laundry day— it’s something many of us dread.
There’s nothing pleasant about sorting clothes in your small, uninspiring laundry room.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Even the tiniest of laundry rooms can be effective spaces for washing, drying, ironing, and sorting.
With the right tips and tricks, your small laundry room can make use of all its available space, giving you extra room to work.
Are you ready to give your small laundry room a makeover? If so, read on for our top laundry room ideas for small spaces.
1. Stack Machines
If your laundry room doesn’t have much room, one of the best ways to free up floor space is to stack your machines.
Usually, the washing machine will stay on the ground, since it’s heavy and needs to be connected to the water hoses, but the dryer can be mounted on the wall, above the washer.
Once your machines are vertical, instead of horizontal, this frees up space for storage, ironing, or adding a laundry table for folding.
To keep your equipment in the best possible condition, check out these washing machine repair tips.
When it comes to dryers, our top tip is to always remove lint from the lint tray. It’s something many of us forget, but otherwise, your dryer isn’t able to work effectively, leading to problems with your machine or even a fire.
2. Hang Up Your Ironing Board
Most of us keep the ironing board in the laundry room. But, if laundry storage space is tight, you’re likely to find yourself constantly bumping into the ironing board or knocking it over.
Another great way to give yourself more space is by installing a hook and hanging up your ironing board, off the ground.
You can also purchase ready-made laundry room hooks, which even come with an attached shelf for the iron and any sprays or starch. This is an easy way to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of your ironing needs and give yourself additional room.
Hanging your ironing board works best on a wall, rather than on the back of the door. If you put it on a door, it’s likely to either get knocked down or make a constant banging noise each time you open and close the door.
3. Add Open Shelving
The best way to keep a small laundry room in order is with open shelving. On a wall that’s easy to access and won’t get blocked by opening or closing the door, add a few shelves for all of your essentials.
Open shelves work better than cabinets as you don’t need to worry about hitting your head or bumping into doors when they’re open.
Add open shelves to your laundry room for a convenient way to store laundry powder, stain removal sprays, dryer sheets, lint brushes, and fabric softener.
4. Play With Color and Patterns
Just because your laundry room is small, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with design.
In small spaces, many people prefer a white palette, as it can make the space look larger. But in reality, no one really sees your laundry room except you and your family, so why not have fun with it?
Using wallpaper to create a feature wall is a creative way to make your laundry room really ‘pop’. Bright floral patterns, paisley prints, or whimsical repeating designs can turn a bland, average laundry room into something inspiring and enjoyable.
Or, why not paint it a bright and cheerful color, like pink, turquoise, or yellow. It’ll make you smile while you power through the mundane task of laundry!
5. Organization Is Key
A small laundry room can become cluttered quickly with dirty clothes, ironing, and miscellaneous storage. To give your laundry room the best chance of staying clean and organized, make sure you have ample storage options.
Storage cubes, shelves, drawer dividers, and wall hooks can help ensure you stay organized. Any item that lives in the laundry room should have a proper place, making cleaning up a breeze.
If anything has ended up in the laundry over time that shouldn’t be there, either toss it or find a place for it elsewhere in the home.
6. Install the Right Lighting
It’s essential to have proper lighting in your laundry room, especially if it doesn’t have windows to let in natural light.
Recessed lighting in the ceiling is the best option, as it won’t take up additional space and it’s unobtrusive. Make sure you also have bright light bulbs, making it easy to look for stains, sort whites from colors, and for doing any mending or ironing.
LED or fluorescent bulbs both work well in laundry rooms.
7. Add a Hanging Drying Rack
If you don’t have a dryer, or if you prefer to hang-dry delicate items or linen, you’re probably aware of how much space a drying rack can take.
Many neighborhoods don’t allow outdoor drying racks, unfortunately. However, an ingenious solution for small spaces is to install a hanging drying rack in your laundry room.
Look for one that can fold up against the wall when not in use, saving space, or one that hangs from the ceiling.
It will save time spent assembling and taking apart your bulky drying rack, and it will help your clothes dry, wrinkle-free.
Improve Your Home With These Laundry Room Ideas
Your laundry room might be small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be organized, useful, and beautifully designed.
Use these laundry room ideas to transform your small space into something impressive. The laundry room is an important part of the house where we frequently spend time, so make yours as perfect as possible!
Get started today and start redesigning your laundry room, just how you want it.
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