10 Clever Storage Ideas for a Small Laundry Room

Stuck with a small laundry room? Make the most of it with these clever and super functional storage ideas.

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April 17, 2020
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After years of living in New York City with no washer/dryer unit, my tiny laundry room feels luxurious. But for those of you who, like me, have a laundry room that could be described as "petite," you know firsthand that there are some small-space storage challenges that you have to face. With a little creativity, you can create space for everything you need and then some. Check out some of our favorite small laundry room storage hacks.

Add Wall Storage for Laundry Supplies

Rustic Wire Hanging Organizer

After: Laundry Room Detail

Wire mesh basket organizers, with hooks below, are handy for sorting and storing items in the laundry room.

From: Fixer Upper

The key to success in a small laundry room is using all the available space you can. This means you might have to ditch your dreams of hanging cool artwork on the wall and instead think about how you could best use that wall space to house essentials. A hanging wire storage rack works well for storing detergent, dryer sheets or orphan socks that need to find their mates. The hooks are a great option for hanging lingerie or other smaller items to dry.

Hang a Drying Rack From the Ceiling

DIY Laundry Drying Rack

DIY Laundry Drying Rack

Doing the laundry just got a bit more enjoyable thanks to this clever drying rack.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Now that you’ve used all the wall space you can, it’s time to look to the ceiling. This is another often overlooked spot in a tiny laundry room that could benefit from something like a drying rack. This simple ladder-like drying rack is hung from the ceiling with chains and serves as a spot to hang items to dry or clothing that has been pressed. If you hand-wash a lot of your clothing or have delicate items that you don’t put in the dryer, a hanging rack may be a smart investment for you.

Add Shelving to Unused Corners

Laundry Room With Adjustable Shelving

Laundry Room With Adjustable Shelving

Take advantage of wall space and create organized storage in your laundry room by using adjustable shelves, like these from ClosetMaid's ShelfTrack and ShelfTrack Elite. Well-placed shelves over a counter or in a niche keep supplies close at hand, but also off the floor and out of the way of your work area.

Photo by: ClosetMaid

Unused corners in your laundry room are a great spot to think about adding some shelving. There are so many wall shelf options these days, so you can almost always find something to fit perfectly your space.

Store Supplies in Baskets + Storage Containers

Laundry Room With Contemporary Light And Patterned Floor Tiles

Colorful Laundry Room With Patterned Floor Tiles

This contemporary laundry room features a fun pendant light and teal ceiling, perfectly complimenting the patterned floor tiles and gray window trim. The large appliances are housed in custom shelves with lots of storage above.

Photo by: Jared Kuzia Photography

Jared Kuzia Photography

Once you have some shelves, try to get ahead of the mess by wrangling your laundry supplies in baskets, jars and other storage containers. Even if your laundry room is in an unseen corner of your home, you’ll enjoy doing laundry much more if your space looks neat and pulled together.

Use Curtains to Separate Your Space

Bold Orange Laundry Room

Bold Orange Laundry Room

Because they're already plumbed, bathrooms can be a great place to tuck in a washer and dryer. Natalie Sheedy of Natalie Sheedy Interiors took advantage of this long, narrow space, installing appliances at one end and screening them off with a pretty curtain. Extending the deep orange paint color into the laundry area makes it feel of a piece with the rest of the room.

Photo by: Natalie Sheedy; Natalie Sheedy Interiors

Natalie Sheedy; Natalie Sheedy Interiors

If you don’t have a door on your laundry room but would like to separate the space, consider using a simple curtain rod and curtains. This is a great option if your washer/dryer is somewhere more visible in your home. While curtains won’t provide any sound protection, it’s a perfect solution for hiding these large appliances.

Create a Folding Station

White Laundry Room With Folding Station, Coat Hooks, Stacked Units

Folding Station in Contemporary Laundry Room

Designer Christina Tello integrated a small folding station into the laundry room design.

Photo by: Christina Tello

Christina Tello

Even in a tiny space, you might have some spare room for a folding station. If you’re handy, consider creating a solution that can fold down and back up when not in use to save a bit more space.

Use Pedestal Drawers Under Your Washer/Dryer

Transitional Laundry Room With Sunburst Wallpaper, Black Cabinets

Transitional Laundry Room With Sunburst Wallpaper

Traditional black cabinets are paired with sleek white countertops in this transitional laundry room. Sunburst wallpaper bring in a fun, contemporary element, while large neutral tiles ground the space.

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

One of my favorite tiny laundry room hacks is using pedestal drawers under washer/dryer units. These are basically drawers that fit perfectly under your washer or dryer. While this is not an option for every washer/dryer model, many of the newer units offer this additional add-on.

The nice thing about these pedestal drawers is that they also raise up your units, making them easy to access. Many of the drawers feature sectioned storage areas that allow you to store detergent, dryer sheets and other laundry supplies.

If you’re buying new washer/dryers, make sure to ask if pedestals are available. And if you have existing washer/dryers that you’d like to retrofit with pedestals, contact your manufacturer to see if they offer that option.

Use a Bookshelf for Storage

Laundry Room With Butterfly Wallpaper

Laundry Room With Whimsical Butterfly Wallpaper

Who says a laundry room can't be fun? For this young family, Cheryl Scarlet of Design Transformations orchestrated a cheery, whimsical space with a bird-and-butterfly print wallpaper. The open shelving corrals portable laundry baskets, one for each family member and an extra for dry cleaning items. A pretty wall-mounted drying rack serves as a focal point and adds the illusion of a window.

Photo by: Cheryl Scarlet; Design Transformations; photo by: Kimberly Gavin

Cheryl Scarlet; Design Transformations; photo by: Kimberly Gavin

Don’t be afraid to make use of furniture and items from other parts of your home in your laundry room, especially if you have an odd corner or wall. This bookshelf was certainly not intended to be used in a laundry room, but it fits perfectly in the space and provides some much-needed storage space for sorting baskets. Consider small bookshelves from kids' rooms, side tables, storage cubes or any other items that might help wrangle the supplies in your space.

Don't Forget About Your Doors

Laundry Room With Smart Organization Ideas

Clever Laundry Room Storage Solutions

Make use of otherwise wasted vertical space by creating extra storage on the back of a closet, pantry, or mudroom door. Over-the-door hooks or systems can be customized with baskets and racks of different sizes.

Photo by: The Container Store

The Container Store

Another overlooked storage spot is the back of the doors in your laundry room. Look for storage solutions that were designed for closets as a starting point. Even simple hooks mounted on the door can provide some additional space to hang laundry bags or hangers for drying delicate items.

Add Baskets to Your Cabinets

Blue Laundry Area With White Shelving Unit and Wire Hamper

Blue Laundry Room With White Cabinetry and Wire Baskets

Ample white cabinetry provides concealed and open storage space for laundry room necessities. Wire baskets are a convenient place for laundry detergent and a dirty clothes hamper next to the washer.

If you’re lucky enough to have cabinets in your tiny laundry room, consider upgrading them by adding some pull-out drawers or baskets to store supplies. Oftentimes, the existing shelving inside cabinets doesn't make the best use of your space. However, by retrofitting them with some additional storage, you can quickly amp up the storage options in your laundry room.

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