13 Genius DIYs to Maximize Your Laundry Room

Even the tiniest laundry rooms can be super efficient and super hardworking. Take it from these designers and bloggers who added clever DIY details to their spaces to stretch square footage while adding personality.

By: Melissa Macron
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Photo By: Mandi Gubler, Vintage Revivals

Photo By: Jenna Sue, Jenna Sue Design Co.; Gary Johnson of GaryJohnsonPhotography.com

Photo By: Kim Vargo, Yellow Brick Home

Photo By: Maria Gonzalez, Graceful Order

Photo By: Jenna Sue, Jenna Sue Design Co.; Gary Johnson of GaryJohnsonPhotography.com

Photo By: Leslie Davis, Paper Daisy Design

Photo By: Angela Neese Rathbun, Blue i Style

Photo By: Angela Neese Rathbun, Blue i Style

Photo By: Laura Ingalls Gunn, Decor to Adore

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Julie Fiato, Redhead Can Decorate

Photo By: Jann Newton, Newton Custom Interiors

Bar None

We love a stylish and smart laundry room as much as anyone, so it’s no wonder this clean design is tops on our list. Plus, we’re always on the hunt for functional elements that look as good as they work. The gorgeous copper and leather DIY clothes rod by Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals certainly makes the cut. The choice of materials is what makes this solution a standout — it adds a touch of personality while blending brilliantly with the other design details in the room.

Make an Entrance

"€œI did as much DIY as possible in this space to save on costs," says Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design Co. about her incredible new laundry room. One of the projects she took on herself was the gorgeous frosted-glass door, complete with custom decal work. "€œI found a door in rough condition at our local Re-Store, cleaned it up and gave it a fresh coat of paint,"€ Jenna Sue says. Once the old door was refreshed, she found inspiration on Pinterest to finish her ideal entryway. "I used a glass-frosting sheet purchased online and had the custom '€˜Laundry'€™ decal made by someone on Etsy,"€ she shares.

A (Little) Loud and Proud

How about giving the laundry room some extra decorative love? That’s exactly what Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home did when she added this adorably quirky wallpaper to her work-in-progress space. "I’d filed it away in my memory bank for the right moment," Kim says of the ostrich-dotted print she and her husband fell for years earlier. "As soon as we began our laundry room overhaul, we agreed this was our chance. There’s no significance to the paper — other than pure joy," she says. Pure joy in the laundry room? We think that is pretty significant indeed!

It All Adds Up

"Sometimes being the one that does the laundry pays off — quite literally," says Maria Gonzalez of Graceful Order. Along with a pair of small shelves to hold both necessities and decor, we love the little tin pails Maria added to her laundry room wall. "My husband often leaves change in his pockets, and I needed an area to place the spare change. These buckets from the dollar store are perfect for the task," she says. Clothespins, buttons, collar stays — there are so many great uses for these little machine-side buckets.

Skirt the Issue

With the washer and dryer elevated in her new laundry room, Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design Co. found herself with some welcome extra storage space. She opted to use fabric in place of drawers to add a less expensive, custom touch. "The curtain is great for hiding detergents and laundry supplies,"€ she says. "It's such a simple solution and softens the hard lines while emphasizing farmhouse style." Even if you don't have under-machine storage, we love this idea for other spaces, too. Stapled or Velcro-ed beneath a shelf or cabinet or in a nook with a tension rod, skirted storage is a simple, pretty storage solution.

Doggone It

Because laundry rooms often are used for more than laundry, we'€™re swooning over this clever idea for a space-saving dog feeding station by Leslie Davis of Paper Daisy Design. The motivating factor in the laundry room makeover was lack of storage. The old dog feeder was bulky and unattractive. Designing and building one that could better utilize the angled wall just made sense for this small space, Leslie says. The raised design is particularly smart, both to feed a larger dog and to keep the space beneath the dishes easy-to-reach for cleaning.

At Your Service

"When we were house hunting," recalls Angela Neese Rathbun of Blue i Style, "one of the top requirements was that the house have a laundry room and not just a laundry closet. Of course, the house we fell in love with had a laundry closet, so I decided to make the best of it by making it look and function more like a room, despite its small size." There are so many fun and functional elements in Angela’s design — we’re loving the pop of the Kelly green cabinets and the door-mounted drying rack and trio of storage shelves — but she’s particularly proud of the DIY vinyl-covered countertop with the look of a pricey wood-grain laminate. "Having a pretty and well organized space makes a necessary chore a bit more bearable," Angela says.

A Load of Style

Here’s an up-close look at some more of the details that make Angela’s laundry space so enviable. The countertop containers are smart and pretty — the woven one acts as a trash-stash for dryer lint, wrappers and more. The faux-brick, temporary wallpaper brings a cool, industrial touch that adds the look of texture and, of course, the bright paint job on the cabinets also keeps things looking lively. "And by adding art," says Angela, "I was able to make the laundry closet feel much more like a room." But in order to hang the artwork, Angela needed to hide the laundry faucets and hoses while still keeping them accessible.

Press the Issue

"Our laundry room and kitchen pantry is a small multi-purpose space, so we needed to maximize the storage options," says Laura Ingalls Gunn of Decor to Adore. Laura wanted to create a solution for storing both the ironing board and iron. A standard shelf with hooks from a craft store fit the bill — with a few smart alterations. "In order to transform the shelf so that the ironing board could be hung, the original center metal hook had to be removed," she says. Next, a few coats of thinly applied spray paint and the ironing rack was ready to hang. A silicone iron rest atop the shelf protects the shelf surface if a still-warm iron is put away.

Rungs Made Right

An unconventional use for an old ladder is quite a savvy alternative to a clothing rack; repurposing the outdated piece not only looks cool, but makes use of the laundry room ceiling. How’s that for a super-smart use of space? Better yet, the simple, painted ladder is a perfect complement to the rustic design of the space, in keeping with the distressed style while adding tons of space for hanging clothes. Check out vintage, charity and craft shops to find a similar style.

A Very Neat Nook

Julie Fiato of Redhead Can Decorate knew there was a better way to make use of a cramped closet with clunky bi-fold doors in her laundry room. And with a little creativity and planning, her awesome folding nook was created. Now, this space provides a surface for folding, storage galore and room for both the dirty-laundry hamper and a trio of baskets for freshly folded clothes. Little extras personalize the space. "The chalkboard was cute and easy," Julie says, "but a cork board for school papers would be great here, too!"

Total Teamwork

Clean or dirty? Darks, whites or colors? Wait, whose basket is this, anyway? All of these familiar questions get answered in a snap with the addition of a tiny blackboard simply laced onto a woven basket. Now, clothes will find their way to the right spot every time with little effort. Just remember to keep chalk in a handy spot in the laundry room — and out of pockets and little hands!

Keep It Simple

This no-fuss project solved a few conundrums for Jann Newton of Newton Custom Interiors. "I wanted to find a way to cover the ugly outlets and provide more storage in our small laundry room," she says. After discovering an inexpensive decorative shelf at a charity shop, Jann installed it above the washer and dryer with a combination of L-brackets and adhesive hook-and-loop tape to keep the area easily accessible. Functional, attractive and budget-friendly, this little shelf also allows for a bit of personality in the space.