The Laundry Room is one of the most essential rooms in the house, next to the Kitchen of course. But the Laundry Room can be much more if you use your space wisely. You can use the space to store seasonal items, hide cluttery laundry like sock and detergent. You can also Hang and iron clothes as they come right out of the dryer. So Having great organizational skills is a must.
If Organization is something you desire, but lack the knowledge or knowhow, then this is for you! Inspiration is sometimes all we actually need. Me, I farm Pinterest several times a day, then I take this from one look, that from another until I have the perfect design I am looking for.
If your Laundry Room is as Small as mine, utilizing the pace you have can be super challenging. Wanting to be creative and stylish, but still using the space you have can seem impossible.
The Questions then are, what are you trying to accomplish? Do you want to use the room for more storage or do you just want it to be a nice tidy place to do all of your laundry?
Either way, your shelving and cabinets will be your first decisions. If working with a side by side washer and dryer you will want to measure the space above it that will give you tons of room to add cabinets, yet also give you shelf space and possible hanging space, if you have the room.
Leaving space for a shelf gives you room to decorate as well as be creative with your essentials using Jars or dispensers instead of ugly bottles laying about.
2: Baskets and Bins
Baskets and Bins in your laundry room can be both functional and decorative at the same time. I LOVE Baskets, baskets are natural, rustic, farmhouse, modern and stylish while hiding all your clutter right in plain sight.
I have baskets in every single room in my House. I have them in my living room actually hiding bulk candy I use for my give-a-ways, in my kitchen hiding all of my baking supplies and in the laundry room hiding all of my seasonal decor.
But My All time favorites are my laundry room and bathroom baskets. I have three of these in my laundry room and they are my absolute favorites. They are not only classy, but super room and allow me to put colors in two and whites in the middle sized one. In my bathroom, I have one that matches in the largest version and it keeps our clothes out of sight by just placing the lid on top.
Shelving is another alternative to cabinets. But if your going rely solely on shelving then you have to know how to organize with bins and baskets or you will just have shelves full of clutter.
Shelving is a beautiful Option though if you do it right. Personally, I love the Chunky Floating Shelves. But you can do anything from bracket Shelving to sectional pieces filled in with decor.
There are tons of options when it comes to shelving. You can even add in a Rod either in the front of one (to camouflage) it or right underneath the bottom one to give it more depth. You can even get super creative and hang one from the ceiling that you can decorate between uses.
But Shelving is such an adorable way to show off your Creative style, mix and match baskets, jars and bins with a focal piece for the art, like shown in the photo.
4: Creative Drying Racks
A Place to hang delicates is a must have in any laundry room, but when you have limited space the options become scarce. I have found several ways to not only overcome this obstacle, but a way to make it super stylish and usable. My Favorite is the Rustic Ceiling Pully System. It not only hides the rack on the top of the ceiling, but easily pulls down to any height you want to add the clothing, then easily pulls back up when done.
There are tons of other options for small spaces though, like the one I used in my apartment, before buying my house. It is small enough to hide behind wall art and super function for all of your clothing, shoes, hats and undergarments to all dry on.
5: Awesome Storage Ideas
My Favorite of all design ideas would have to be this one! This is the most efficient use of space there is! I would even go one step further and fill in the top with soft close 1/2 cabinets and use the opposite wall for all of my decor.
But a Custom Laundry Room is ideal for smaller spaces due to the fact that it allows you to create storage that is suited exactly for your needs. You can have pull out folding tables, hanging racks, space for storage baskets and even built in laundry baskets. The choices are completely up to you.
I do recommend that you do a lot of comparison Shopping for this type of job though. Closet World does run a lot of specials, but they are high pressured and want to close that sale immediately. Make sure you say up front that you are shopping around as they will instantly "Call their supervisor" for a better deal. But I have also found that placing an ad for an apprentice Carpenter can get you some amazing deals. They are new, yet want to be challenged and almost all of them can pull this job off easily. Most of them will run half of what the big companies will as well.
6: The Laundry Room Door
If you have a separate laundry room, like I do, you can easily switch out the door to showcase the kind of room this is. A Glass door is perfect for this.
I have found some amazing deals on doors at both Lowes and Home Depot by going to their clearance sections. You may have to make a couple of trips a week to find what you are looking for, but this is the very best way to find a good deal on this type of door.
Lowes Has Several that are actually made for the Laundry Room. This one is a very nice one and you can paint it since it is white.
But you can also choose something that has a more subtle look, making it more of a window style door, there are tons of choices on just about any Website for this decor.
7: Stackable vs Side by Side
If you have decided to do a complete remodel of your Laundry Room, then you may want to start with the Washer and Dryer. How you place them makes all the difference in the design. Stackable Washer and Dryers allow you to utilize taller spaces for cleaning and hanging storage. Where Side by side washer and dryers allow you to use more cabinet space.
My biggest suggestion for Your laundry room is to stay completely away from top loading machines. This is a giant waste of potential space. All the room that the lids need to raise up, is room you cannot use for storage or design. You cannot have a Custom Countertop above the washer and dryer if you have this type of machine. Front Loading Machines are typically the same cost as a Top Loading Machine and they are made very well. I have had mine for many years now and absolutely love them.
8: Functional Decor
When Decorating for smaller spaces, think about how you an incorporate your decor to be functional. Like This Dryer Sheet Storage Box or a Lint Box Collector. Other fun ways to do this is to have one of your shelves with a nice decorative wooden tray and all your soaps displayed in the center.
You will still have all your essentials needed to do your laundry at your fingertips, just hiding in plain sight. It is a brilliant way to decorate and still have use of the items you need without having to use cabinet space.
Lost Sock Bins are another cute idea. I have found so many adorable ones on Etsy, like this Lost Sock, Lost Change Framed Wall Art. Most Laundry Room clutter has to do with socks, so this is the perfect solution to get the clutter under control while showcasing a unique piece of art. Check out all the fun styles they have to offer on both Amazon and Etsy.
9: Customize it!
Now here comes the fun! Once you have your design done, washer and dryer hooked up and your ready to roll, it is now time to decorate!
Decorating is so much fun as it is bring out the inspirational creative side of yourself.
Finding a piece that is all you has never been easier too! Etsy is the one place you can find Art Work that is customizable. Like, the piece on the right. You can change it to say your last name & co.... as well as the city you live in and what year your family was established, it cannot get cuter then that! Some of the designers will even allow you to change it from Mom Operated to Dad Or Teen Operated, just to be cue or "Accurate" LOL
Choosing the right lighting for your laundry is essential. You want it to be both functional, practical as well as match your decor.
If you have an all white modern laundry room look, you may want to go with a modern look like recessed can lights. But if you have more of a Rustic Farmhouse look, you can get more creative with a Pendant light or a caged ceiling light, like I have in my laundry room.
If you have cabinets or shelving you can also do a subtle under the counter lighting that showcases the cabinets in a subtle way.
A Fun way to showcase lighting in a small space is with motion activated table lights placed around the room. They only go off when you enter, so the battery life is long and is such a great way to show off your laundry room.
I Hope this gave you tons of ideas for your small Laundry room renovation project, I know I have a lot of work to do on mine. I will be updating you soon on the progress. Please let me know how yours are coming along too. xoxo Haley
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