Short on Space? Turn a Closet Into a Laundry Room

Transform a cluttered closet into a functional and efficient laundry space full of color and most importantly -- storage!

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A Stylish and Functional Laundry Closet

Thanks to a cost-effective use of paint, wallpaper and fabric, an uninspired laundry space now puts the "fun" in functional. Get ideas on how to bring the look to your home.

Add Lots of Layers

When designing small task spaces, create visual interest through the art of layering. Here, the interior is given depth with a linear-patterned wallpaper that looks like rustic barn siding. For contrast, the closet doors are covered in a fabric with a more fluid pattern that pulls in the same blues and whites.

Create a Functional Focal Point

To add charm to basic bifold doors, cover in batting then upholster with a colorful yet traditional fabric. Finish with a classic, bronze nail-head trim.

Add a Trendy Touch

If you want to add nail-head detail to your own doors, it's important to keep cost in mind. Although the hardware is small, it can quickly add up. Cut down costs dramatically by leaving as little as one-eighth of an inch of space between each nailhead instead of stacking directly on top of one another.

Coordinate Door Knobs

While stainless steel and nickel are the most popular choices for interior door hardware, dark bronze is just as readily available and it's more unique. Here, dark black-brown bronze knobs are added to coordinate with the nail-head trim.

Invest in Updated Appliances

The best use of money when updating a laundry room is to purchase new appliances. Updated appliances can actually save you money by cutting down on energy costs.

Take Advantage of Wall Space

Space is often at a premium in laundry rooms, so it's important to put every inch to good use. Take advantage of vertical wall space by installing simple yet stylish hooks. These are perfect for hanging a variety of items, including a "lost sock" basket. (We've all got 'em.)

DIY a Drying Rack

We said to make use of every inch and that includes the ceiling. Here, the closet features a repurposed drying rack made from an old wooden ladder. Get the step-by-step instructions for this drying rack project >>

Large-Capacity Appliances

This laundry closet may be tiny, but you can still squeeze in the machines you need to get the job done. At 8.8-cubic-feet capacity, this dryer can keep up with a large-capicity washer and lets you dry multiple loads of laundry at the same time.

Install Smart Storage

Adjustable, built-in storage shelves are a must have for a tiny laundry room. This keeps detergents and other supplies within reach but stored in a clean and organized way.