Tips for small laundries that will make the space feel bigger

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment with off-site laundry, you know how convenient it is to have a washer and dryer in your house. Even the smallest laundry room can be a showstopper for those who have been saving their pennies for the local laundromat. However, if you have a small laundry room, the novelty of in-unit laundry might wear off fast.

The confined laundry room does not appear to be able to handle all of the soiled clothing, lint mounds, and detergent drips. Sure, it’s preferable than carrying your dirty clothes up the block, but a small washing room makes this task – well, a true chore.

You don’t have to struggle in your cramped quarters. You can alter your tight clothes-cleaning accommodations with a few ideas and methods. Making the most of every nook and corner frees up valuable inches, allowing you to create more breathing space in your laundry room.

Mudrooms and big laundry rooms are popular, but not everyone has the space for such amenities. Compact laundries are perfect for tiny houses, flats, and small families since they accomplish the work in a fraction of the area. Here are some tips for making the most of the space in a small laundry room.

Extend shelf life

If you have front-loading machines, the space on top of your washer and dryer can become a dingy lint trap. However, with a little effort, it can be an usable platform. Install a shelf across the tops of your machines to make space for folding, organising your detergents, or even displaying a bouquet of flowers. You never imagined you'd have space in your laundry room — till now! Butcher block is an excellent choice for a sturdy, laundry-friendly surface that fits well on top of your washer and dryer.

If there are any vacant walls in the room, make sure you use them for anything. Hang attractive hooks on the walls and dangle dirty laundry bags from the hooks. This frees up floor space for other objects, such as a garbage can, that you may require. Walls may be used all the way to the ceiling; put a step stool behind certain cabinets to assist you reach items high up and make the most of this extra room.

Level up (Washer and Dryer)

Take use of the room's height by stacking cabinets on top of each other rather than side by side. Another smart option for increasing storage space is to install shelving that extends from waist height to within arm's reach. Conversely (or, if you have high ceilings), you can optimise the area beneath your washer and dryer. Even a foot or two from the ground makes an ideal nook for dirty clothing. If you put your dirty clothing someplace else (as most of us do when we have a small laundry room), those free areas may be used to store detergent, dryer sheets, a small container for single socks, and anything else you need to manage this recurring task.

Tips for small laundries

• Floating shelves make everything more accessible while saving cabinet door clearance space.
• Front-loading appliances save room on the counter and use less water.
• Add storage all the way to the ceiling if possible to make the most of your available space.
• While fold-out ironing boards may appear to be smart, it is preferable to be able to move the ironing board about, for example, to a warmer section of the home in winter.
• A mirrored backsplash reflects light and makes tiny spaces appear larger.
• Install a tall, slim cupboard or recessed shelf for your ironing board, and don't forget a dedicated shelf or nook for the iron. Glossy cabinet finishes produce the same appearance.

A few space-saving extras

• A rack for hanging wet or ironed clothing.
• A suspended laundry rack to make the most of available ceiling space.
• A pull-out shelf for storing the washing basket or folding clothing.
• Pull-out hampers for simple clothing dumping and organizing.
• Under-shelf shelving to make the most of every inch of available space.

There are many other ways one can maximise the space in the laundry room, it just needs careful planning and designing. Our team are expert on helping families achieve their ideal space and get the most out of their renovation or new build process. If you are ready to give your laundry the desired upgrade, give us a ring and we can discuss on how to make it possible.