30 Clever Storage Ideas for Your Tiny Laundry Room

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

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October 12, 2020

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Install a Pull-Down 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.

Design a Double Duty Work Table

Make the most of the space you have with dual purpose furniture. This roomy dog crate gives Fido a safe space to sleep while homeowners run errands. It also doubles as a functional workstation for folding clothes, organizing loads and tackling everyday stains. Create a similar crate on a smaller scale to suit your space and finally get that unsightly cage out of your kitchen or living room.

See More Ideas: New Home Essentials: Dog Showers and Built-In Crates

Try a Space-Saving Workspace

Less is more is a rule to live by in small spaces. The charming, turned leg table nestled into the corner of this laundry room provides homeowners ample workspace to fold towels and tees without taking up too much floorspace. Add a single leg table to a corner of your laundry room to provide a space saving spot to sort through rogue socks and scrub stains.

Add Touches of Functionality

Design is all in the details and this little laundry room by Kristina Crestin is rich with unexpected ideas to copy for your own home. Check out the towel hook on the lower cabinets directly beside the sink. This tiny touch does not take up any of the limited counter space, while still providing a spot to dry hands between tasks.

Opt for Floating Shelves

Leave the superfluous shelf styling to your living room bookcase. Take advantage of your floating shelves by storing your everyday utility essentials within reach above your workstation. Take notes from this dreamy space by Tim Barber, and paint your shelves the same color as your walls so that they blend into their surroundings.

Sort It Out

A pair of industrial rolling laundry baskets offer easy sink-side sorting in this sunny laundry room. Invest in a similar, durable rolling basket to create a breezy storage system for dark and light clothing that you can roll in and out as needed.

Corral the Clutter

Here's how to take your laundry counter from chaotic to clean in a minute or less: throw all your tabletop gear into a single serving tray. Grouping miscellaneous items into a tray frees up workspace, creates visual order and appears polished with almost no effort on your part.

Intensify the Contrast

Contrast is your best friend when it comes to finding the perfect laundry room storage baskets and bins. Look for vessels in colors and/or textures that contrast against your laundry room walls so that you can locate your stain treatment or detergent. Brian Patrick Flynn shows how it’s done in this punchy laundry room with a collection of earthy woven baskets paired with cotton candy colored walls.

Get Savvy With Secret Storage

Consider investing in custom cabinets to hide your washing machine and dryer if your laundry room is in a corner of your bathroom or kitchen. Not only will this create a streamlined look in the space by cutting out the clutter, but the cabinets will also serve as sound barriers against the noisy machines throughout the day.

Add an Ironing Station

Space-saving and stylish? You need this hack in your life. This door-mounted, coral metal basket shelf with a hexagon liner creates an energizing ironing station for this pint-sized laundry room. A pair of straps connect a matching, hexagon-clad ironing board to the peppy shelf overhead to complete the set.

Get the how-to: DIY Iron Station

Raise the Bar (Or Two!)

Put your perimeters to work as in this airy and organized laundry room. A sleek built-in bar expands across the length of the room to offer ample space to fold, sort and treat stains without adding bulkiness to the design. On the other wall, a tension rod extends from above window frame to the upper cabinet across the room to offer tons of space to hang delicates and treat garments between loads.

Try Wall-to-Wall Storage

Create the illusion of a larger space by expanding your floating shelves across an entire wall of your laundry room. Want to make a major statement? Follow designer John McClain’s lead and add two. The shelves’ horizontal lines will visually expand the space and provide tons of extra storage for baskets, bins and laundry supplies.

Get the Hang of It

Don't let the empty space beneath your floating shelves be wasted. Make the most of the vacant spot by adding a strip of wooden pegs to keep clothing hangers, miniature brooms and lint rollers within reach.

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Divide and Conquer

If your laundry area adjoins a living space, consider adding a dividing wall to separate the two rooms. The divider here is half glass and adds both function and style to the tiny laundry space.

Put Your Walls to Work

The secret to a small laundry room is using every inch of space available to you. Though small on space, this laundry room features a stylish gray and white tile with coat hooks for hats and jackets, meaning your small laundry room corner now doubles as a coatrack.

Bring In Some Built-Ins

If your laundry area is a catch-all for bags, umbrellas and shoes, consider adding a built-in to an underutilized wall. This will provide ample storage and corral the clutter in your space.

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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.

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.

Create a Pet Pad

Have an awkward nook in your laundry room that you don't know what to do with? Don't let that space go unused; instead, create a place your pet can enjoy. In this laundry room, the corner has been made into a cozy area for the family dog to rest and provide companionship while you're completing the household chores.

Use Curtains for Separation

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 much sound protection, they will keep your washer and dryer from being so conspicuous.

Put Pedestal Drawers Under Your Washer

While pedestal drawers aren't an option for every model on the market, many newer units offer them as an add-on. They also raise up your front loading units, making them easier to access. Many of the drawers feature sectioned storage areas that allow you to fit in a good amount of detergent, dryer sheets and other supplies.

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.

Consider an All-In-One Option

If your laundry space truly is tiny, consider this: an all-in-one washer and dryer combo. This would allow you to have the best of both worlds without needing two bulky units.

Consider the Space Under the Cabinets

There can be a lot of wasted space between the bottom of the cabinets and the countertops. Consider using this area for additional storage, like in this laundry room where extra wooden boxes are added to give more room for more laundry items.

Don't Forget About Your Doors

You can start by looking for storage solutions that were designed for closets. While the unit in the photo above works well 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.

Keep a Stool Handy

This small laundry room features two sets of shelves above the folding table that provide for additional storage. The only problem? You may not be able to reach the top shelf. If you need more storage and opt for an extra shelf, don't stress about the vertical challenge. Just keep a small stool handy for whenever you need a boost.

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 clothespins 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.

Create a Folding Station

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.

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