15 Clever Storage Ideas for Your Tiny Laundry Room

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

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March 06, 2019

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Tiny Laundry Room Owners, Take Note

After years of living in NYC with no washer/dryer unit, my tiny laundry room feels totally luxurious. But for those of you who, like me, have a laundry room that could be described as "petite," you know first hand that there are some small-space storage challenges that you have to face.

But having a tiny laundry room doesn’t mean you need to give up on figuring out smart storage solutions. With a little creativity, you can create space for everything you need and then some.

Here are some of our favorite tiny laundry room storage hacks.

Put Your Walls to Work

The secret to a small laundry room is using every inch of space available to you. This means that you might have to ditch your dreams of hanging cool artwork on the wall and instead think about how you could best use that space to keep some necessities.

For example, you could use a wire storage rack to hold detergent, dryer sheets or orphan socks that need to find their mates. You might also use hooks to lift lingerie or smaller items out of the way.

These wall storage solutions from Pottery Barn would work great in a tiny laundry room.

Stack Your Washer and Dryer

Another easy way to save space in your laundry room is to stack your washer and dryer on top of each other. This approach will help free up your floor plan and give you more room to get chores done.

But If You Can't, Create a Folding Station

That said, there's a certain advantage to having side-by-side units: you can put a shelf over the top of them and create a folding station. If your space is really small, you might also consider mounting a short piece of a counter onto your wall and using that for folding clothes. If you’re handy, you could even create a station that folds down and back up when not in use.

Add Shelves to Unused Corners

The empty corners of your laundry room are practically begging for some shelving. There are so many wall-shelf options these days, so you can almost always find something to fit perfectly within your own space. Use shelves to keep detergent and dryer sheets organized but still within reach.

This tall unit from CB2 would provide a ton of additional storage space.

Store Supplies In Baskets + Crates

Once your shelves are in place, try to get ahead of the mess by sorting your laundry supplies into baskets, crates and other containers. If you’re a collector of vintage items, this could be a great opportunity to show off some of your favorite finds, like apothecary jars.

If you’d like things to look a bit more orderly, you can use one single type of basket or crate for all of your supplies. 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.

Install a Pull-Down Drying Rack

Now that you’ve utilized all the wall space you can, it’s time to look up at the ceiling! This is another often overlooked spot in a tiny laundry room that could work well for something like a drying rack.

While there are a number of drying racks to choose from, including some that hang from the ceiling, we love the ease of one that pulls down. If you hand-wash a lot of your clothes or have delicate items that you don’t put in the dryer, a rack like this is definitely a smart investment.

Use Curtains to Separate Your Space

If you don’t have a door on your laundry room but would like to separate the space, consider installing a simple curtain rod and curtains. This is a great option if your washer/dryer set is somewhere more visible in your home. While curtains won’t provide any sound protection, they will keep your washer/dryer from being so conspicuous.

A tension rod is a perfect choice for a small space like this.

Put Pedestal Drawers Under Your Washer

One of my favorite tiny laundry room hacks is putting pedestal drawers under washer/dryer units. While this isn't an option for every model on the market, many newer units offer pedestal drawers as an add-on with their purchase.

The nice thing about these pedestal drawers is that they also raise up your units, making them easier to access. Many of the drawers feature sectioned storage areas, too, that allow you to fit in a good amount of detergent, dryer sheets and other supplies.

If you’re buying a new washer/dryer set, 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.

Install a Clothing Rod

A clothing rod might seem like a luxury, but even the tiniest laundry room can have one with some planning. For example, the space between two cabinets could be outfitted with a basic bar, giving you an extra place to hang t-shirts and sweaters.

Don't Forget About Your Doors

Don't forget to outfit your laundry room doors! You can start by looking for storage solutions that were designed for closets. While the unit in the photo above works great for supplies, you could also use something like an over-the-door shoe organizer for small items. Even a few hooks would provide some extra room to hang laundry bags or dry delicates.

Add Baskets to Your Cabinets

If you’re lucky enough to already have some cabinets in your tiny laundry room, consider upgrading them with pull-out drawers or wire baskets.

Oftentimes, the existing shelving in cabinets doesn't make the best use of your space. However, by retrofitting them with storage containers, you could easily organize them to your liking.

And if you don’t have cabinets? Try using a freestanding drawer unit.

Ditch the Plastic Containers

Most laundry detergents and fabric softeners come in bulky, oddly-shaped containers, which means that they take up more counterspace than necessary. Our advice? Ditch the plastic altogether and decant your liquids into glass jars of the same size. You could even use these to hold clothing pins and extra linens.

Convert Your Cabinets Into Sorting Bins

With shelves and hooks keeping your clutter at bay, you might consider converting some of your cabinets into sorting bins. In this laundry room, three drawers were customized to fit plastic hampers that hold lights, darks and towels.

Pull Out the Ironing Board

Here's another neat trick: an empty drawer can be customized to hold an ironing board! Simply pull the piece out when you're ready to work, and then slide it back inside and out of the way after.

Contain the Mess

It's not unusual for pet parents to keep water bowls and food dishes (or even litter boxes) in the laundry room. If this sounds familiar to you, try tucking these items into a drawer as well. You'll get the bowls off the floor and prevent your pet from leaving any kibble behind.

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