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Golden-toned Shaker-style cabinetry wraps one corner of a multipurpose room to make a convenient L-shape laundry area. The washer, dryer, and ironing board disappear behind cabinet doors when they're not in use. The pole between the upper cabinets gives you a place to hang clothing as you iron it or to let items air-dry, and there's plenty of counter space for folding.
Tuck the washer and dryer into the pantry and hide everything behind sliding paneled doors that match the room's other doors. Install a countertop over the appliances for place to fold clothes. Wall-hung wire shelves keep laundry supplies within reach.
A basement laundry room doesn't have to be dank and dark. Choose white laminate cabinets, white appliances, and a white countertop to banish any hint of gloom. An open-shelf unit with moveable shelves accommodates laundry baskets for sorting dirty clothes. Striped wallpaper along the backsplash wall keeps the area from feeling utilitarian.
Kitchen cabinets work just as well in the laundry, including those with specialty storage options such as lazy Susans and pull-out spice racks. These features are just as convenient for storing laundry and household supplies as for kitchen goods. Include a rod above the counter for hanging items fresh from the dryer. The door on the left hides a fold-out ironing board.
Frameless Euro-style cabinets offer a clean, contemporary look for the laundry room and give easy access to the storage within (there's no face frame creating dead corners inside the cabinet). A double-decker pullout shelf supplements the countertop for folding clothes.
In a combination laundry room-bathroom, handsome Shaker-style cabinetry with sleek black handles creates a sophisticated "natural modern" look. A pull-out laundry hamper keeps dirty clothes out of sight to avoid spoiling the effect of the cabinetry.
Flat-front doors and drawers with slim brushed-silver hyphens for handles create a clean, minimalist look. Putting the sink on the same wall as the washer simplifies plumbing and leaves the entire end-wall counter free for folding and sorting clothes. Instead of covering the upper walls with cabinets, install a clothes rod for air-drying items.
For a country-style home, furniture-style cabinetry with a distressed-paint finish gives the laundry room suitably rustic look. Instead of a bank of base cabinets, assemble a custom mix of open and closed storage. The credenza-like unit here includes dresser drawers, open shelves that hold baskets of sorted laundry, and closed cabinets for supplies.
Recessed-panel cabinet doors can go country, cottage, or traditional, depending on your other decorating choices. The smoky blue hue of these cabinets emphasizes the gray-blue undertones of the wall tiles and countertop, which, along with the undercabinet skirt, give the room an Arts and Crafts cottage feeling.
Raised-panel cabinetry with bin-style pulls and a farmhouse sink create high-style cottage charm in this laundry room. Topping the wall cabinets with a cornice that matches the window's woodwork ties the cabinetry to the architecture and emphasizes the height of the room.
A sleek wall of wood hides the stacked washer and dryer, laundry supplies, and a refrigerator-freezer in this kitchen-laundry combination. When the doors are closed, the utilitarian functions disappear.
Raised-panel cabinet doors and crown molding anchor this laundry room in traditional style. Instead of wall cabinets above the washer-dryer niche, shelves concealed by frosted-glass doors provide versatile storage and give the room a more open feeling.
With a laundry room this pretty, who could object to wash day? Slim molding on the recessed-panel cabinet doors creates shadows and highlights to keep the banks of white cabinetry from feeling monotonous. A line of frosted-glass doors along the top emphasizes the upscale country-cottage style.
Kraftmaid semi-custom maple cabinetry in an Irish Cream finish adapts to the laundry room with bifold doors that hide the appliances and a 12-inch pantry-style pullout that stores laundry supplies. Open storage under the counter accommodates laundry baskets or wheelchair access.
A drawer-mounted pull-out ironing board offers space-saving convenience. The ironing board folds back on itself to slide back into the drawer. To make mending jobs easier, convert a standard drawer into a sewing center with a cutlery tray to organize threads, pins, and needles.
Honey-tone wood and flat-face cabinetry give this laundry room warm contemporary style. Instead of hiding the front-loading washer and dryer, show them off inside a specially built niche. This gives you the opportunity to raise the appliances to a height more convenient for loading and unloading.
The ideal laundry room offers cabinetry designed for the purpose. This laundry center from Armstrong combines conventional cabinetry with pull-out bins for sorting clothes, a pull-out ironing board, and pull-out storage shelves to create a laundry room that's both beautiful and efficient. Visit Armstrong.com and click on Lifestyle Solutions to see three suggested configurations for different size spaces.
The Distinctive Closets program from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., (wellborn.com) lets you custom-design laundry room cabinetry to fit your space. Choose from their Good, Better, and Best levels to find units that fit your budget. The cabinets are available in thermofoil, laminate, cherry, and maple finishes.