Creative Laundry Room Cabinetry Ideas

Get more storage and style out of your washer-dryer space with inventive, design-smart laundry room cabinetry ideas.

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  • Combine Wide and Narrow Storage

    The design for this laundry room needed to maximize long-term storage but maintain counter space for workaday tasks. To do that, the homeowners installed a narrow shelf a few inches above the countertop, using turned shelf supports to add classic details to the space. Hooks add even more quick-use storage.

  • Make an Unexpected Turn

    The natural inclination in this sort of laundry room would be to place the appliances under the windows. But these homeowners gained much more storage and work space by shifting that by a half turn, placing a long work counter under the window with cabinets and a shelf above the washer-dryer combo. Think about narrow areas differently to gain more laundry options: A pull-down drying rack saves space by folding up when not in use.

  • Add Details for Decoration

    For more expansive laundry spaces, you may have room for the little extras -- a hanging rod, for example, or open shelves for laundry baskets. This pretty assembly keeps the space looking neat and tidy with a few extras, including mullions on the glass doors, uniformly colored containers, and restrained punches of pattern and color.

  • Add Little Details

    Trim and crown molding add visual heft to this contemporary laundry room. The mix of open and closed storage, pretty containers, and cabinets that stop before reaching the ceiling give the collection a lighter look and feel.

  • Pull Color and Accents from Elsewhere

    Using laundry cabinets to repeat other details in the space helps to create visual cohesion. Here, the horizontal open shelves mimic the subway tile and add a few crucial storage inches to the off-the-shelf cabinets.

  • Seek Out Wasted Space

    A hidden nook between wall studs makes creative and clever use of what would be discarded space in this shared kitchen-and-laundry room. A miniscule ironing board folds up, while often-used products stay out in the open within easy access.

  • Don't Waste an Inch

    Not having space for a full-fledged laundry room doesn’t mean you should sacrifice storage space. These pretty wood cabinets with traditionally styled panels help blend the walk-through space with the rest of the home but provide critical storage for laundry detergent and other items.

  • Add Slim Counter Cabinets

    The traditional setup in nearly every room is to leave some space between cabinet and countertop. This laundry room makes use of that usually discarded area with slim storage cabinets, perfect for smaller laundry care items. Decorative drawer pulls add interesting accents, and the clever pet door under the sink supplies a hiding spot for the family’s furry friend.

  • Choose a Multi-Colored Cabinet Scheme

    Cabinets needn’t be the same color in a laundry room. Complementary hues, especially in a more neutral palette, help to lighten and brighten very small spaces. This pretty, contemporary scheme offers closed and glassed-in doors, as well as an open shelf for soaps and other laundry tools.

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    Take Advantage of Nooks & Crannies

    An oddly angled space could have easily been a throwaway, but a unique combination of cabinets helped to turn it into a practical, pretty laundry room. No upper cabinets help to keep the room bright and sunny, while a corner sink-cabinet combo offers essential storage. On a slim pass-through wall, a narrow cabinet pulls out to reveal an ironing board; closed, it's the home's message center.

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    Integrate Cabinets Into a Mudroom

    Homes sometimes don’t have enough space for a separate laundry room, but careful attention to detail can help integrate that workaday space into a mudroom or kitchen. Here, this narrow pass-through space supplies a utility sink as well as lots of storage. Cabinets stretched to the ceiling offer storage for less-used items.

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    Keep It Streamlined

    For very small laundry spaces, lots of details on cabinets may be visually distracting. Instead, focus the use of pattern and color on the floors and walls, particularly if there are open shelves that might benefit from a backdrop. By bookending the closed cabinet with open storage, the homeowner was able to provide easily accessible but separate spots for necessities for each of the appliances.

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    Mix-and-Match Storage Types

    A variety of storage types -- some open shelves, some narrow slots, and a few closed doors -- equals multiple ways to store laundry room necessities. Upper cabinets can stash seasonal items -- think coats, gloves, hats, and mittens -- while pretty baskets keep the open spaces more organized.

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    Think Outside the Door "Box"

    If open door space is at a premium, consider sliders or bi-fold options to conserve square footage, especially if your laundry space is accessed frequently. Open shelves in this laundry area eliminate the need for even more open-door space.

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    Integrate Your Laundry in the Kitchen

    For laundry spaces that fit into another collection of cabinets -- say, a kitchen -- consider a sliding door that opens and stashes so that the working space can be open without any intrusion. This simple cabinet offers a few shelves and two doors that move in, back, and away.

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    Move the Eye Up and Around

    Wainscoting adds traditional heft to these laundry cabinets, as do the crown molding and panel reveals. If you don't have space or budget for a built-in countertop, consider a panel placed on top of your washer-dryer for folding or open storage.

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