Small Laundry Room Storage Ideas
If your laundry room is small, you'll want to make the best use possible of your space to store laundry supplies, as well as any other items you need to keep in your laundry room. You won't likely have space for a folding island or a craft nook, and you'll need to think about how you can design areas of the room to serve double duty.
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
One of the best ways to maximize your storage space if your laundry room's footprint is small is to look up. Incorporate storage into as much wall space as possible. Wall-mounted cabinets and open shelves can provide much of the storage you need. Even just one wall of solid shelving can help you create a system to store and organize. If your laundry room serves multiple purposes, you can designate one wall for laundry items, another to store household cleaners, still another wall to use as a pantry to store canned and dry goods. Install shelves as far up the wall as you can, placing little-used items, such as seasonal decorations, on the highest shelves. Tuck a folding step ladder behind the door or in the space between appliances and bring it out when you need to reach these items.
The area above your washer and dryer is another good option for storage. If you can, choose a front-loading washing machine and make sure both appliances have controls on the front rather than the top, so you can place a countertop over them to provide a space for folding or to store laundry soap and fabric softener. To make this space more attractive, store soaps in pretty glass jars or beverage dispensers.
To hold brushes, sponges and other tools used when hand-washing items in a laundry room sink, install a rack or a towel holder as well as some hooks above the sink.
Choosing a stackable washer and dryer combination will also open up some floor space. Add a folding table by fitting a cover over your utility sink. The new "countertop" can be mounted on the wall with hinges so it can be lifted away easily when you need to use the sink. You can also mount a drying rack on a wall with hinges so it can swing out when you need it, and lock it onto the wall like a casement window when you don't. Install a retractable clothes line and pull it out when you need it. A laundry basket "dresser," which you can make yourself, will hold several laundry baskets in a small space, with the baskets easily pulled from the dresser like drawers.
See also: Professionally Designed Laundry and Utility Rooms
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