10 Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Updates You Can Do in One Day or Less

Small changes can make a big impact.

While it would be amazing to have the time and budget for a full-scale laundry room renovation, most of us don’t have either. But that doesn’t mean that we’re totally stuck.

There are a slew of easy, inexpensive changes you can make in your laundry room that can change the look of your space without much time or effort.

Here are our favorite ideas for easy, low-budget laundry room "renovation" projects that are super light on the "renovation" but heavy on the design impact.

1: Switch Out Lighting

HGTV Dream Home 2015 laundry room washer and dryer.

Laundry Room Washer and Dryer

This spacious laundry room boasts a side-by-side, front loading washer and dryer tucked underneath butcher block countertops. Crisp white cabinets provide plenty of storage for detergents and cleaning supplies.

An easy fix in almost any room is to switch out the lighting and upgrade it with something a bit more stylish. We often don’t think of the laundry room when choosing light fixtures. But with new fixtures, or even a chic lamp, you can change the mood, look and vibe of your laundry room in no time at all.

2: Replace Cabinet Pulls

Modern Sink and Faucet in White Country-Style Room

Sleek Sink in Country Laundry Room

A sleek sink and chrome faucet bring a modern feel to this country laundry room.

This fix might seem silly since it won’t really change up the look of your space that much, but it can really make a big difference in your overall look. If you have cabinets in your laundry room, consider switching out all the hardware to something on-trend. These leather pulls are a great option, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to hardware.

3: Add a New Sink



Hard-working yet stylish, the laundry room makes a designer statement. Vibrant green walls connect to lush side yard views and a Jacksonville Beach, Fla., street light banner doubles as artwork.

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

If you have a sink in your laundry room, switching it out is a great option if you want to dip your toe in the renovation pool. Your options are limited by your budget; however, there are some lovely sinks that you can find in home improvement stores that will elevate your space. Pair your new sink with a new faucet for an extra design punch.

4: Retrofit Cabinets

Sorting Bins in Blue and White Laundry Room

Sorting Bins in Blue and White Laundry Room

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

Sunny Side Up

Retrofit the inside of your cabinets with additional storage options. In this example, wire laundry bins were installed to help manage the chaos of all the dirty laundry that a family might produce. You can add other upgrades, such as extra drawers, shelves or even extra storage for all of your pet items.

5: Add Storage

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

Even if you don’t have cabinets in your laundry room, you still have options for extra storage. This system is installed on the back of the door and provides extra space for laundry essentials. You can also add floating shelves to your wall or bring in some furniture to store all of your laundry supplies.

6: Add an Additional Washer + Dryer

Laundry Room With Gray Cabinets, Gray Appliances & Stainless Counters

Transitional Laundry Room Showcases Shades of Gray

Stainless steel countertops ensure this laundry room is fit to endure some serious laundry catastrophes. Gray appliances and cabinets work well with the countertops, creating a tone-on-tone palette that feels calm and tidy.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

Another great idea for those who have the space is to add an additional washer or dryer. For anyone with a large family who spends a lot of time doing laundry, an additional washer or dryer could end up being a relatively small investment. Instead of one load, two washers and/or two dryers allow you to always be doing two loads, and that could end up making a big difference in your day.

7: Install Curtains

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

Curtains are a great way to bring more order to your laundry room. You can easily use curtains instead of a door. Or you can add curtains to any windows you might have to bring in some color and pull the space together.

8: Hang Artwork

Turquoise Blue Laundry Room With Colorful Area Rug and Wall Art

Turquoise Blue Transitional Laundry Room

This 6' x 8' laundry room is the happiest spot in the house thanks to turquoise paint, a technicolor area rug and a hand-woven bath mat used as art. When decorating task-related spaces, it’s smart to get creative with decorating ideas that require little cost, but add big impact.

Adding artwork to your laundry room immediately elevates your space and makes it feel less like a utility room and more like a true living space. You can pick up on any design themes you already have going on in your home with your artwork. Or, go in a completely different direction, and do something fun and bold in your laundry room.

9: Paint or Add Wallpaper

Laundry Room With Butterfly Wallpaper and High-Efficiency Washer and Dryer

Butterfly Print Wallpaper Brings Laundry Room to Life

Subtle shadows on the Christian Lacroix wallpaper make the butterflies appear to float above the walls in the laundry room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. The room is as functional as it is beautiful, with ample storage throughout, a sink in the corner and drying racks tucked above the washer and dryer.

Photo by: Christopher Stark; Design by Evars + Anderson Interior Design

Christopher Stark; Design by Evars + Anderson Interior Design

If you really want to quickly change the look of your laundry room, paint or wallpaper is the way to go. Since laundry rooms are typically small, it could be a fun spot to experiment with a bold wallpaper pattern. If you don’t want to make the commitment to wallpaper, painting your space a fresh hue might be just the change you need.

10: Add a Folding Table

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

If you have the available wall space, add a folding table. This will provide a convenient spot to fold laundry, but it won’t take up much space in the room.

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