Laundry Room Cabinet Ideas

Add storage and beauty to your laundry room with cabinets.

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"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

By: Gina Hannah
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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.

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Make the Most of Your Walls

For fussy delicates that can't go in the dryer, a fold-away rack makes brilliant use of an empty wall and is always at the ready. This DIY design from Lowe's comes together in about a day.

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.

Photo By: The Container Store

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

Instead of letting lonely socks pile up here and there, turn them into wall decor. This funny, functional sign, available from Iron Accents, puts singles on display and makes it a cinch to pair them up once you track down the perfect mates. 

Photo By: Kalalou

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. 

Photo By: Household Essentials

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. 

Photo By: Not Another Housewife

Hang Clothes Out to Dry, Inside

A simple solution for the clothes you can't throw into the dryer? A tried-and-true clothesline. This retractable option from World Market takes up just a couple inches on the wall yet provides eight feet for hanging shirts, pants and more.

Photo By: Cost Plus World Market

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.

Photo By: Domestic Imperfection

Bag the Clothespins

Collecting wooden clips is a snap with a sack that's made to dangle from the clothesline. Bin Fait hand-sews pretty options in an array of colorful cotton fabrics. When not in use, the pouch hangs neatly in the closet.

Photo By: Bin Fait

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."  

Photo By: Sunny Side Up

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.

Hide a Hook for Clothes

After you've finished de-wrinkling shirts, you need a temporary place to hang them within reach of the ironing board. A hook like this one from Spectrum Diversified Designs holds 12 hangers — plus it stores vertically.

Photo By: Spectrum Diversified Designs

Give Appliances a Lift

An easy way to increase storage space when it's time to upgrade your washer and dryer: pedestal drawers. Most manufacturers offer versions that perfectly fit their models. Plus, the added height makes loading and unloading a little easier. 

Photo By: Whirlpool Brand

Go Above and Beyond

Here's another idea for how to keep drying clothes out of the way: a ceiling-mounted rack that raises and lowers with pulleys. The cast iron and wood Sheila Maid clothes airer has been around for more than 100 years and comes in six colors.

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Get Carried Away

The downside of regular hampers: They're bulky, so where do you put them when they're not being used? Umbra's Crunch Can, available at The Container Store, stores flat and then pops into position to tote clothes around the house.

Photo By: The Container Store

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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