Banish washday blues by outfitting small laundry rooms with efficient systems that optimize every inch of available space.
Doing laundry is a fact of life. Whether you tackle the chore daily or once a week, having a properly equipped laundry room makes life easier all around. Large laundry rooms outfitted with utility sinks, holding areas for dirty and clean laundry, and closet space for stowing brooms and outerwear pack multiple functions into one space, which in turn keeps other areas of your home uncluttered.
Small laundry rooms pose challenges even when you try to fit in everyday laundry essentials, such as storage for supplies; folding, sorting, and ironing surfaces; and racks and rods for drying delicates and hanging garments pulled from the dryer.
Here's a look at wash-away-worry ways to make small laundry rooms live larger and work harder.
Consider installing a stackable washer and dryer or an all-in-one machine that washes and dries to leave open space for adding vertical shelving, narrow storage towers, wall-mounted ironing boards, flip-down drying racks, and/or drop-down utility tables.
Or, opt for a pair of front-loading appliances that provide flattop surfaces, allowing you to set down laundry supplies as well as carryalls and trash containers for corralling stuff pulled from pockets and lint traps. Front-loading appliances also free up space that can accommodate a stretch of countertop for folding clothes and as a landing spot for laundry baskets.
On the wall above your appliances, install track systems that run to the ceiling and support vented shelves that hold bins, baskets, and lazy Susan turntables that house everything from detergents and stain sticks to sewing kits and hobby supplies. If you like to store necessities behind closed doors, hang a pair of upper kitchen cabinets above the washer and dryer.
If you have extra floor space, move in a repurposed chest of drawers, a bookcase, or a console table that provides storage below and a work surface up top.
Stow your ironing board and iron on an over-the-door hanger. Install decorative hooks, towel bars, or closet rods to hold laundry bags and hanger-hung clothes. Mount an accordion drying rack on a wall or tuck a foldable drying rack in gaps between washer and dryer or appliances and wall.
Look to specialty storage stores and home centers to find an array of racks, hangers, caddies, and stackable boxes that you can use to contain numerous objects within a limited space. Look for collapsible valets; kitchen, closet, and bath organizers; slim rollaway carts; and wall-hung wire racks and pockets that will amplify your small laundry room's storage capacity, make washday operations run smoothly, and evoke spick-and-span vibes.