Laundry Room Cabinet Ideas
Add storage and beauty to your laundry room with cabinets.
"A laundry room or mudroom is going to get knocked around, so you want something strong," says Joseph Jovinelli, VP at FLOORMAX. But homeowners also want to keep things casual or rustic in there, too. The solution is slate-look porcelain, which, he says "looks almost indistinguishable" from natural stone, but is impervious to moisture. Given the vibration of the washing machine and dryer, Joseph says that extra care and attention need to be given to preparation and installation. Photo courtesy of Mannington
Few things will give a laundry room a finished look the way cabinets will. Laundry room cabinets can keep bottles of soap, fabric softener, household cleaners and other supplies out of sight. Cabinets are a particularly appealing option if your laundry room is part of a mudroom with an exterior door that is used as an entrance to your home on a regular basis.
Make Use of Tight Spaces
That gap between your washer and dryer doesn't have to remain a crevasse that claims loose socks and lint. With a slim shelf like this four-tier caster-fitted unit from The Container Store, you can fill the void with purpose — namely detergent, fabric softener and other sundries.
Adjust Storage to Your Needs
No built-in cabinets? No problem. Ikea's Algot adjustable mounted storage lets you install the features you need without a contractor. After you attach vertical rails to the wall, the shelves and drying rack easily fit into place — and you can always add more.
Turn Lost Socks Into Found Art
Clear the Floor
A typical ironing board eats up tons of precious space — and often doesn't get put away where it belongs. The in-wall design by Household Essentials remedies both problems. Plus, there's plenty of room inside for keeping all of the task's other necessities close at hand.
Store Supplies in Style
If your favorite dryer sheets' package clashes with your color palette, transfer the contents into a container that's more in line with the decor. Stacy Risenmay of the blog Not Just a Housewife chose an old metal box that adds the perfect patina to her laundry room.
Hang Clothes Out to Dry, Inside
Hook Up Your Ironing Board
Provide your full-size ironing board a designated spot where it doesn't get in the way. The trick: a pair of coat hooks. Screw them into a rectangle of wood, like Ashley at the blog Domestic Imperfection, and you have a handy upright hanger that matches the rest of the room's hardware.
Conceal Your Dirty Laundry
Sorting bins for lights, darks and towels don't have to be front and center. When Erin Rollins of the blog Sunny Side Up was redoing her laundry room, she created drawers that disguise her plastic baskets. "Laundry can be such a chore," she says, "so I wanted a room that made the process as streamlined as possible."
Keep Lint Contained
A trashcan takes up precious floor space, so blogger Melissa George of Polished Habitat came up with a solution. At an office supplies store, she picked up an outdoor literature box, often used by real estate agents to hold flyers. A coat of paint and a cute decal later, it's a wall-mounted alternative that doesn't get in the way.
Give Appliances a Lift
Go Above and Beyond
In addition to adding storage capacity, cabinets can add beauty to your laundry room. You can find inexpensive stock models at the local home improvement store, or salvage a set from a thrift store. Some stores sell deeper cabinets manufactured specifically for laundry room use. Often, all it takes is some elbow grease to clean up and add a fresh coat of paint or stain to create a fresh new look for old cabinets.
If your budget allows, you can hire a contractor to build custom cabinets for you room. The contractor will tailor the cabinets to your family's needs and the dimensions of your room. You may opt for standard above-counter cabinets, or add a floor-to-ceiling cabinet to keep brooms, mops and other tall items out of view. Installing cabinets so they go all the way up the wall to the ceiling will maximize your space for storage. Store little-used items such as seasonal and holiday decorations up high, and keep a folding step stool handy when you need to reach them.
Although cabinets will certainly hide items from view, you may want to install at least one cabinet with a glass-front door. Setting a collection of vases, pitchers or other pottery pieces behind a glass-front cabinet can make a nice focal point in a room where decor is often overlooked.
Walls aren't the only spaces where cabinets can be used. A standalone cabinet, entertainment center, wardrobe or armoire can be repurposed to hold some of your laundry or cleaning supplies. You can also designate a cabinet or armoire as a center for sewing or crafts. Even a small floor cabinet can add to the aesthetics of your laundry room while providing necessary storage. And don't forget the area under your washer and dryer; a sturdy cabinet under appliances is a great way to add storage while elevating the appliances to make loading and unloading less taxing on your lower back. A sink with cabinets underneath will provide yet another place to keep cleaning supplies under wraps when not in use. You can also hide hampers in cabinets by using a wire mesh roll-out hamper that slides into your cabinet, or have a pull-out drawer custom built.
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