Designing your new laundry room can be a lot of fun, but keep in mind you’ll want to create a plan. Why? Because you’ll want to make sure you get everything you want in the design process upfront and make sure all of the necessary water inputs, electrical outlets, vent and gas lines are accounted for as well. Once all of the functional parts are accounted for, let your creativity take over. At Improvements, we have some laundry room ideas to start your brainstorming process.
Unique Laundry Room Ideas
Laundry rooms don’t have to be boring! They do, however, have to be functional. As long as all of the necessities are accounted for, have a little fun with decorating and utilizing unique storage ideas, especially if you’re working with a small space. After all, the purpose of the room isn’t all that exciting, unless you enjoy doing laundry, but you can make it a warm and inviting space.
Space-Saving Laundry Room Ideas
Whether your laundry room is in the basement, off the garage or on the main floor of your home, they’re often small areas. Using the space you have for full functionality requires space-saving techniques and products.
Want to save space? Add a countertop on top of front-loading washing machines and dyers. That is space that can and should be utilized. Easily build a shelf for above them or find an old table that you can put your washer and dryer under. The tabletop then works great as a folding or an ironing station. If above doesn’t work for you, perhaps think below. Put cabinets (sturdy) under your washer and dryer. They’re perfect for storing laundry soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets and more. Any place where you can add extra storage, do it. It will always come in handy.
Wall-mounted, fold-up ironing boards or tabletop ironing boards are great for saving space. Plus, it’s easy storage and quick access to your ironing board. Consider an ironing center that has drawers and storage built in. The units have wheels so you can push them against a wall or next to the washer and dryer until you need to use them. If you want to save space, you can use the magnetic ironing blanket right on top of your washer/dryer to iron all of your clothes. It is practical, easy and takes up barely any space at all. Fold it up and put it away when done.
Don’t forget about the ceiling! If you have a laundry room that only operates as such, hang clotheslines or rods to hang clothes for drying or steaming. Bicycle hooks or regular S hooks work great for this as well. They are great for hangers to keep shirts or other clothes out of the way to dry. Use wall-mounted laundry drying racks for this purpose as well.
Get creative in the ways you use different space, such as walls, the ceiling and above or below the appliances. Have fun with colors and lighting to brighten the room as well. And don’t forget the comfort mat! Laundry tasks, such as folding and ironing, take time and have you on your feet for quite awhile.
Get Organized and Maintain Functionality
Use organization to simplify your laundry routine. The better laid out and organized your laundry room, the quicker you can tackle your dirty laundry.
Hampers and laundry baskets are great for getting the dirty clothes to the laundry room, but then what? Use a triple laundry sorter to organize your dirty laundry instead of tossing piles on the floor. Separate whites from darks and delicates from the rest with this handy too. It will simplify laundry day for everyone. Plus, it doubles as a hanging rack!
A deluxe ironing center is very handy for making ironing much more pleasant. It has everything you need. The ironing board top, drawers for miscellaneous or sewing items, and shelves for items that you’ve already ironed or starch and water spritzers. Items can also be hung on the cart after you iron them. It is really the complete ironing center that you never knew you needed.
Laundry carts will help keep you organized as well. Stash all of your soap, dryer sheets, iron, stain removers, whatever you use for doing the laundry onto a rolling cart for ease of use. Anything with drawers and or removable extra storage is a plus as you can use it to transport done and folded laundry back to its “home.” It doesn’t need to be anything fancy as it rolls out of the way when not in use.
Are You Ready to Put These Laundry Room Ideas to Work?
The options to put the “fun” in functional for your laundry room are endless. Let these laundry room ideas inspire you to try something new and different. With the laundry room, design it around your aesthetic and your needs. You’ll be happier with it if you think about how you like to do things before you start. So think outside of the box, then come up with a plan. Run through your laundry routine with the design in mind to ensure it works as you expect it to before you start remodeling or purchasing items.