Unless your idea of a good time involves the words wash-dry-fold, the laundry room probably isn’t a place that you go to have fun or kick back with your friends. But that doesn’t mean it should be neglected when it comes to decorating or organization. On the contrary, I think it needs to look just as nice as every other space in your home. For me, it makes it easier to do a job if my surroundings are orderly and attractive. So, today I thought I’d share some ideas to help keep one of the busiest rooms in the house organized, efficient and looking fabulous.
Typically, laundry rooms are on the smaller side. Therefore, taking full advantage of the space takes some thought. I’ve found some creative ideas that will help you utilize your laundry space efficiently while adding plenty of style to the space. A great combination! I hope you find the inspiration you need for your laundry room.
Laundry Room Ideas
1 Swap out plain plastic laundry baskets for something stylish like natural baskets. Then keep them handy on open shelves, so it’s easy to drop in dirty laundry and pull it out when it’s time to wash it. When the laundry is done, fold everything up and put it in the baskets. Then when you’re ready, grab a basket and put things away.
2 If you don’t want to show off your appliances, conceal the washer and dryer behind decorative curtains. Simply hang a standard spring rod just below the counter and choose a fabric that coordinates with your colors.
3 Make the most of your vertical space by installing open shelves on the walls. It’s less expensive than cabinets and easy to install. Use pretty baskets as stylish organizers to keep things neat and tidy.
4 Make everyday items look more elegant. Store things like powder detergent, clothes pins, and dryer sheets in glass canisters. Liquid detergent and fabric softener can be stored in beverage carafes. Everything will look so much prettier on your shelf than the original plastic bottles.
5 Create a space for hang-to-dry items by removing an upper cabinet and installing a clothes rod. If you don’t have enough room for a clothes rod or traditional drying rack, try one that mounts to the wall. When not in use, it folds up and out of the way. You could also try a retractable clothesline.
6 Just because it’s a laundry room doesn’t mean it can’t have some glamour. Take down that plain lighting and install a lovely chandelier. It’s unexpected and elevates the style in the room.
7 In small laundry rooms, use a stackable washing machine and dryer or all-in-one machine to allow more space for storage.
8 Transform an armoire or utility cabinet into a laundry center and keep it near the washer and dryer. Use it to store everything laundry-related, so it’s organized and ready to go on laundry day. This also makes it easy to see when you are running low on items and need to replenish your supplies.
10Over-the-door shoe organizers aren’t just for shoes. They offer easy access and the small pockets are perfect for organizing all those small items you use in the laundry room.
11 Save time when you need to iron by installing a built-in ironing board in the laundry room. Complete with an outlet and storage for the iron, it saves floor space and is ready whenever you need it.
12 Create an instant works surface by bringing in a bar cart, portable kitchen island, or chest of drawers. Anything with wheels on it works great, because you can move it around wherever you need it.
Bonus Laundry Room Idea
Okay, so this isn’t inspiration for decorating, but it is super helpful. Ever wonder what all those little symbols on your clothing tags mean? Here’s a Fabric Care Guide from the Cleaning Institute that will help you to understand them. I’m laminating this and keeping it in my laundry room!
Which of these ideas have given you the most inspiration for your laundry room?
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