8 Ideas For Small Laundry Rooms That Max Functionality

Crazy Easy Ideas For Small Laundry Rooms That Need Major Overhauls

May 25, 2020 Updated June 24, 2020

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First, let’s get one thing out of the way: If you have an actual laundry room, know that there are millions of people in the world who are super jealous of you. People with stackable units in a closet or no in-house laundry at all just cannot even relate to the struggle of a small laundry room. However, just because we have a laundry room now doesn’t mean we’re safe from inconveniences.

If you have a laundry room, you want to be able to utilize it for all things laundry-related. If it’s a small laundry room, though, it might feel like getting everything done in there is just too much to ask. You can barely turn around. How are you supposed to unfold an ironing board? And how can you get to the washer when there’s laundry baskets taking up the entire minuscule pathway? Girl, we know your struggle and we’re here to help.

1. Stacked Laundry Basket Organizer

This wooden laundry basket drawer keeps the laundry basket footprint to a minimum by keeping them neatly stacked.

2. Tilted, Wire Shelf

Another option that requires no footprint at all is using those wire shelves you often find in closets. Hang one upside down and with the front end lower. The shelf will keep the baskets off the floor entirely and the lip will keep them from sliding down, even though you hung it at a slant to make it easier when lifting heavy baskets.

3. Over-the-Washer/Dryer shelves or cabinets

If the top of your dryer is littered with bottles of soap or sticky from said bottles, you might need some shelves or a cabinet to keep that mess contained. Both work equally well. However, be forewarned that open shelving only looks pretty and clutter-free if you keep it that way. And, let’s face it, we don’t all have time for that. A couple cabinets will hide things better. If you like that clutter-free look, fill up those handy shelves with baskets to hide that inevitable mess that ensues from having a small laundry room.

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I’ve been working hard on this laundry room makeover for two days, and after my first misfortune with the subway tiles, it actually turned out better than I planned! 💪🏼What many of you probably don’t know about me is that my hobby is decorating spaces, whether that means painting, DIY-ing shelves, wallpapering, ripping up floors and laying floors, etc. When I’m in the middle of a project, that’s when you’ll find me the happiest. ❤️ But what I learned about a lot of you through DMs is that you have little faith 😆 Y’all would have died mid-floor renovation in my last house 😆🙈 The DIY tutorial for these shelves is located in my highlights! Now I’m just hoping this space will make me WANT to do the laundry, because I could use some motivation 😬 #laundryroommakeover

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4. Retractable hanging line

Whether you’re a LulaRoe collector or you’ve discovered the wonder of period panties, you now have laundry that can’t go in the dryer. A retractable hanging line takes up little space on the wall, but is sturdy and ready to stretch across your tight space when it’s time to hang-dry some of your clothes.

5. Ceiling-mounted hanging rod

Another, more Pinterest-worthy option for hanging clothes to dry is a ceiling mounted rod. It’ll probably be a little higher than your normal closet rod or clothes line, but that means it’ll keep things further out of your way. If you want to eschew screwing in rods into the walls, try a tension rod to get the job done.

6. Counter or table-top over the machines for a clean folding surface

If you have front-loading machines, you must try this. Turn the tops of your dryers into a folding stations with a stretch of countertop, some simple wood or even a cheap, hollow door. Yes, the tops of your machines are already flat, but the expanded surfaces will keep smaller pieces from falling between or behind the machines.

7. Small shelf for between or beside machines

If you have a bit of a gap between your machines (or just want to create one), a narrow shelf to slide between the two (or at the end) will be extra handy. Use those helpful, colorful fabric cubes to pull out items that need special attention or to wrangle unmatched socks.

8. Wall-mounted Ironing Board

Ironing boards take up a ton of space when they’re open or leaning precariously against the wall. If yours is as old as ours, they probably pinch your fingers or make a ton of noise during open and close, too. A wall-mounted board is much easier and safer to fold up out of the way.

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