It’s all about smart storage and luxe textures.
If your home isn’t blessed with a huge space to wash and fold your clothes, don’t worry. All of these room ideas — with built-in storage tips — will help you make the most of what you do have. Because, honestly, laundry day is rough enough as it is. (Head over here for more laundry room organizing ideas!)
Instead of taking up floor space with a standing drying rack, designer Dina Bandman installed a custom Lucite rod between two upper cabinets in this San Francisco laundry room for damp garments.
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This laundry room, designed by Urban Grace Interiors, features a front-loading washer and dryer, which lets the homeowners make the most of their limited counter space.
Barn doors painted a bold orange make a statement in this laundry area, designed by Mona Ross Berman. “We felt the doors shouldn’t be an afterthought,” says Berman. “Painting them orange made them very visible and special. They read as art.” Guests will be too impressed by your bold doors to worry about what’s behind them.
To prevent this working area from feeling small and cramped, designer Julia Buckingham created a “calming oasis with a touch of whimsy,” by painting the cabinets a bright white and installing Sanderson’s Swallows wallpaper.
The washer and dryer in this Massachusetts bathroom (designed by Andrew and Yvonne Pojani) are tucked into cupboards painted the same color as the walls to help the storage blend in. Guests won’t even guess this is where you spend your time on laundry day.
“I knew I wanted open shelving on one side to keep the room feeling airy,” says designer Dina Bandman. Meanwhile, the 24-inch Bosch 800 series washer and dryer fit the narrow footprint of this San Francisco laundry room perfectly and allow room for a folding station above.
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Designer David Kaihoi used some seriously smart storage solutions to make his New York City apartment feel like home — including creating this compact laundry “room” in his closet. That way, when he’s not doing laundry, he can close the door on these eyesore appliances.
A butcher-block slab morphs the top of your machines into usable workspace. Plus, pattern-happy floors take the attention away from the less-than-appealing machines.
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This smart blogger installed shelving all the way up to the ceiling of her small space, not wasting an inch. Then she painted horizontal stripes on the floors to make the room feel bigger.
Designer Jenna Sue knew there was no fitting these machines into this already especially small laundry room. Which is why she built the appliances into a nearby wall and painted the surrounding walls the same color as the machines to help them blend in.
If your laundry room is stuck in the garage, make it feel like a dedicated room by nestling the machines into a corner and adding built-in storage above them.
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You can use a tiny laundry room for multiple purposes (like as the bar during a party), if you hang curtains in front of your washer and dryer like this blogger did.
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Anchoring shelves on the side of a laundry closet will allow you to hang the widest ones possible — and claim every inch of empty space.
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This blogger installed a pegboard in her cramped laundry room to hold all of her tools, like her ironing board. Which just goes to show that your walls are the most underrated feature in a small space.
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This blogger added a shelf made from scrap wood held up with two “functional, yet decorative shelf brackets” next to existing cabinets. Then she added a small hanging rod to dry clothes on. Genius.