10 Clever Storage Ideas for a Small Laundry Room
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, 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.
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.
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 a drying rack.
This simple ladder- 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.
Related: Repurpose a Ladder Into a DIY Drying Rack
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.
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.
Natalie Sheedy; Natalie Sheedy Interiors
If you don’t have a door on your laundry room but would 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.
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.
Related: See How to Make an Iron Station
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 to retrofit with pedestals, contact your manufacturer to see if they offer that option.
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.
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.
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.
What to Store in the Laundry Room (And What Not To)
If you’ve ever had to lug your laundry bag down five flights of stairs and across three long blocks to the nearest laundromat (and back) you know that having a laundry room–whether it’s a nook in the kitchen, a corner of the basement, or a dedicated room just for cleaning clothes–is a beautiful thing. But you might not be sure exactly sure what you should put in this space. Laundry soap is a given, but what else? What should be stored in the laundry room as opposed to the bedroom or linen closet? And how should all of this stuff be organized?
If you’re wondering how best to utilize this space, here are some basic tips on what you should keep in your laundry room and how to organize everything to make washing and drying clothes convenient, easy, and maybe even enjoyable.
Stock your laundry room with essential supplies:
- Dryer sheets
- Stain and odor removers
- Anything else you need to do your laundry
- Ironing and Sewing SuppliesKeep any products you use for other laundry room tasks, spray starch for ironing or a sewing kit, if this is the place where you mend torn items. If you to buy backups of your favorite products, store those extras here too.
- Extra TowelsKeep a stash of extra towels and rags close to your washer and dryer. You’ll probably need them, either for drying items flat or on a rack or mopping up the occasional leak or spill.
- Cleaning SuppliesDon’t forget to create a place in your laundry room for any cleaning supplies you need for the room itself. You don’t want to have to dash to the kitchen or bathroom if you need some hand soap, a roll of paper towels, or a mop or broom.
- Garbage CanEvery laundry room needs a small garbage can (and extra liners) for dryer lint and scraps of packaging.
- Appliance Instruction ManualsAnother little way to make laundry less of a hassle is to keep the manual for your washer and dryer (as well as other appliances you use here, irons) close at hand. If something starts thumping or blinking alarmingly, you can troubleshoot the problem without running around the house searching for the offending appliance’s information.
Once you’ve got the basics, the other things you add to your laundry room will depend on how big the space is and how much time you want to spend in it. If you have a relatively large and attractive laundry room, you’ll obviously be able to use the room for more tasks than you will if your washer and dryer are in a dark, unpleasant basement or narrow hallway.
Some additional laundry room options include:
- Folding area, a table or shelf
- Drying rack or indoor clothesline
- Set of mesh bags for washing delicate items
- Ironing board and iron
- Bins to sort laundry into darks, lights, towels, and so on.
You can also set up an area of the room with a clothing rack or rod to hang pieces you’ve ironed, a sewing station with your sewing machine and other supplies, or a comfortable chair for knitting.
No matter how much you store in your laundry room, the important thing is to set up your supplies in a manner that’s most convenient for you. This will vary depending on the configuration of your space.
A large room can accommodate a large shelving unit for detergent, cleansers, and anything else you need, or you may even be able to install cabinets. A closet-sized nook will have fewer options.
As in any space, think about using corners (a triangular shelving unit might fit), doors (a hanging bag, those meant for shoes, can hold lots of things if you’re creative), and height (add a floating shelf above the washer and dryer).
However you organize, put what you use most within easy reach. You probably use detergent every time you turn on the washer, so put that front and center. But if you rarely use bleach, that can go at the back or end of the shelf. To store small items detergent pods, pour them into a jar or bin.
Also consider keeping a laundry room junk drawer, not for useless household clutter, but as a temporary home for coins you find in jeans pockets, buttons that fall off shirts, lone socks and so on.
If your laundry room is, well, a room, you’re free to decorate it as you would a bedroom, office, or any other space. The choices are endless, and between paint, furniture, wall art, and storage options, you can fully express your personal style. Even a small laundry room can be inviting.
If your washer and dryer are stuck in a corner or hallway, you can still create a pleasant area with a few small touches. A strategically placed curtain can create a door if there is none.
Throw rugs and woven mats brighten up a space and give you a soft place to stand. Matching cloth boxes hide plastic and cardboard packaging on open shelves.
And a lamp can make all the difference in those dark basement laundry areas where you’re scared to venture after dark.
Depending on the lay your house, your laundry room might be the perfect place to store items that don’t have a “home” anywhere else.
If you have a spacious laundry room but lack a traditional hall closet or linen closet, don’t worry about where things are “supposed” to go.
Instead, take advantage of that unused laundry room space and stash extra paper goods, cleaning supplies, sheets, towels, and luggage. The laundry room can also be a good spot for recycling bins or bags of clothes you want to donate after you declutter your closet.
Even if you’re working with a large space, don’t allow your laundry room to become a dumping ground for clutter.
Much a garage, a laundry room tends to be a spot that collects a lot of non-essential items that don’t really have a storage space. This is especially true for old clothing and linens that you should really donate.
If you wash and dry something, and it sits in the laundry room for months, that's a sure sign it’s time to donate it.
20 Laundry Room Organization Ideas – Best Laundry Organizers
Most people agree that washing, drying, and folding their laundry is one of the worst chores ever. And we get it: It's time-consuming and boring.
But with the right tools that keep your space and stuff organized and stylish, doing laundry will be at least a little better (or, at the very least, faster).
Keep reading for 20 laundry organizer tools and ideas designed to streamline the process.
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Drip Hangers or a Rod
When you don't have your trusty clothes line available or a dryer nearby, let a foldable hanger (otherwise known as a drop hanger system) fill in. You can hang it from just about anywhere: the bathroom shower head, the balcony railing, or the rod in the closet. Or take note from this laundry room designed by Emily Henderson and install a rod for hangers.
BUY NOW Inoutdoorkit Travel Clip and Drip Hangers, $22
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If you sort your laundry by whites, darks, and handwash-only items, you'll thank yourself later.
BUY NOW The Laundress Hamper Organizer, $28
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Slim Rolling Cart
Unless you built your own home, the space between your washer, dryer, cabinets and wall probably isn't exact. Make awkward gaps work harder with this narrow cart.
BUY NOW Yamazaki Home Slim Rolling Cart, $30
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In a small laundry room, you'll want to keep at surface space free, which means using your walls and ceilings, too. Designed by deVol Kitchens, the hanging drying racks keep things the way. A butcher-block slab in the laundry room can also become a workspace. Plus, pretty painted cabinets and a decorated mantle can draw attention away from less-than-appealing machines.
BUY NOW Cost Plus World Market Clothing Rack, $150
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Towel and Rag Organizer
Keep your towels and rags nice and organized before and after you wash them. A towel holder keeps them in place.
BUY NOW Yamakazi Home Interlocking Towel Organizer, $34
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Ironing Board Organizer
Not only does this wall-mounted organizer save valuable floor space, but it can also fit inside a closet if you don't have a dedicated laundry room.
BUY NOWmDesign Wall Mount Ironing Board Holder, $18
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Additional wall hooks will come in handy for hanging any knick knacks, shoe bags, or items that need to be sent to the dry cleaner. Paint them the same color as the wall to make them blend in deVol Kitchens did here.
BUY NOW West Elm Multi-Hook Rack, $79
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Detergent drips are hard to avoid, but if they drive you crazy, elevate your Costco-sized bottle on this holder. It features a slight downward angle so no tipping is required when you're low on cleaner.
BUY NOW Simply Convenient Solutions Soap Station, $18
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Handled Tool Holders
If you keep all your cleaning supplies and tools in your laundry room, make them easier to grab and keep things organized with a tool holder that mounts to the wall.
BUY NOW Container Store Handled Tool Holders, $9
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Portable, heat-resistant ironing pads are serious game-changers inn tiny laundry rooms, and even more game-changing for those of us without laundry rooms at all. You can that lay them out on any flat surface and then just fold it right back up when you're finished.
BUY NOW Yamakazi Home Ironing Board-in-a-Bag, $32
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Wicker Storage Baskets
This laundry room designed by Studio Life/Style feels dressier than most, thanks to the rich navy cabinets, elegant marble backsplash and floors, and wood grain ceilings. The farmhouse sink and sconce make it more approachable and also offer a more casual and useable workspace. But you know what helps the occupants stay organized? The seagrass baskets!
BUY NOW HDJKWicker Storage Baskets, $30
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This little storage unit with an expandable hamper will come in handy in a closet, bathroom, mud room, or laundry room.
BUY NOW $69
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In this minimalist laundry room designed by Robson Rak, even the essential items are stylish. The black hangers accentuate the modern black ladder, which is both decorative wall art and a functional tool. When you have a narrow but tall laundry room, an easy-to-access ladder will definitely come in handy.
BUY NOW France & Son Step Ladder, $198
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3-in-One Laundry Center
Raise your hand if you watch TV while you fold, but dread lugging your piles of clothes to your bedroom afterwards. This cart can contain it all and make it easy to transport. Pieces that offer more than one functional perk are worth the investment, especially in a smaller laundry room.
BUY NOW $57, Wayfair
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If your laundry room doubles as your mud room, make it pet-friendly with built-in feeding bowls that can be easily tucked away when not in use. Jenn Feldman Design took the theme to the next level with dog-print wallpaper.
BUY NOW Chewy Pet Safe Water Station, $17
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Keep your laundry supplies organized by keeping them in one place, on a tray on the counter. Here, Emily Henderson also transferred them to glass canisters and opted for a lint roller in the same hue of the painted cabinets for a more elevated aesthetic.
BUY NOW Crate & Barrel Glass Jars, $30
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Mounted Storage Unit
Listen, ironing boards are not pretty. Which is why this secret drawer contraption is straight-up genius. Or go for this prettier all-in-one ironing station that everything you need all together but sight.
BUY NOW Southern Enterprises Ironing Center, $221
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Post-laundry organization will be so much easier if you have a tool to help you fold your freshly-cleaned items. Oh, and if you have the space or your laundry room is also your mud room, as is the case in this home designed by Chango & Co., consider investing in a doggy shower.
BUY NOW FlipFold Laundry Folder, $25
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Instead of leaving your over-flowing hamper out to trip on, push this container in and your cabinet as needed, or opt for a hamper disguised as storage furniture.
BUY NOW Cost Plus World Market Double Hamper, $168
Everything You Need For an Expertly Organized Laundry Room
Designed by Emily Henderson Design; Photo by Sara Tramp
Because most of us don’t spend a lot of time lounging around our laundry room, we tend to overlook the functional space entirely when it comes to design. However, just because the space is primarily devoted to laundering clothes and storing cleaning supplies, it also deserves some aesthetic attention.
“Laundry rooms shouldn't be avoided the plague,” Matthew J Wetzel, Principal, Thomas Matthew Designs tells MyDomaine. Instead, “they should be places where organization, style, and function flourish.”
No matter how big or small a family is, the laundry room requires a few key elements to make it a function-forward space, Wetzel. We asked some of the top interior design experts for tips on how to maximize space and functionality in your laundry room.
Laundry rooms shouldn't be avoided the plague, they should be places where organization, style, and function flourish.
A laundry room doesn't require a lot of square feet within a home.
However, whether you are working with a teeny tiny closet or an expansive room, strategically laying out the space and figuring out what works in it is the key to a functional laundry room.
“It’s efficiently used space that counts,” Wetzel explains. Before you start choosing shelving, appliances, or storage solutions, make sure to carefully take measurements and think long and hard about the best setup for you.
When you purchase appliances, think about them as part of your design strategy. Don’t just choose the chicest looking washer and dryer set, but make sure it compliments and maximizes your space.
“Consider stacking your appliances to make room for more folding and storage space,” suggests Wetzel. If you prefer your appliances side by side, consider adding a countertop above to maximize usable folding and holding spaces, he adds.
Also, if you don’t have a lot of built in storage space in your laundry room, consider buying a washer and dryer set that has drawers.
GoodpickLarge Cotton Rope Basket$20
“Never underestimate the power of an oversized beautiful basket. Put a trio in your laundry room to separate whites, lights, and darks or get just one and use it to store all the things you need to care for your knits in need of attention—cashmere shampoo, lint brushes, and white absorbent towels,” suggests David M. Bazner, interior designer, David M. Bazner Interiors, LLC.
Noel Gatts Founder of Beam + Bloom Interiors, adds that stacking baskets “that aren’t ugly to look at,” is one of her go-to organization hacks in the laundry room. “They can kind of flow from room to room and then back down to the laundry room, making it easier for you to keep things flowing,” she says.
mDesignPlastic Laundry Shelf Storage Organizer Jars, 3 Pack$20
Add unique design elements to your laundry room however you can—even in the most functional way possible. Farah Merhi, Founder and CEO of Inspire Me! Home Decor suggests “fun canisters to store detergent pods, and everything else you need for laundry day.”
Talented KitchenLaundry Room Organization Labels, Pack of 138$15
Don’t forget to label everything if you want a perfectly organized space, reminds Wetzl. “We to have a Clean/To Fold bin, which, when turned around says Dirty/Wash. This gives clear direction to anyone who is working in the laundry room. We also utilize a bin that says Clean/Hang for all items that need to be hung on hangers and a bin for all socks to be mated.”
If you don’t have any shelving in your laundry room, it can be easily added. “If you have bare walls, think about adding some floating shelves for either extra storage or just as a place to add décor,” suggests Farah Merhi, Founder and CEO of Inspire Me! Home Decor. “Why not make your laundry room as cozy as the rest of your home?”
any room in the house, if you want to truly love a space, make sure you love every little thing in it. Gone are the days when you have to settle for lackluster essentials. For example, every laundry room needs an ironing board.
But instead of a boring old white one, liven up your space with a fun, funky, and functional ironing board from Brabantia.
The steam ironing table comes with an adjustable rest that accommodates left or right-handed use—meaning no more issues resting the iron down.
BrabantiaLinn Large White Clothes Rack$170
No drying rack, shelves, or closet space in your laundry room? No problem. This all-purpose rack from Brabantia is both stylish and practical. The simple and clean design provides wardrobe storage solutions as well as an option for a “pop-up” mudroom anywhere in the home.
IKEARÅSKOG Utility Cart$30
If you don’t have a lot of storage space, consider adding a storage cart to your space. The IKEA Raskog has become a functional but aesthetically pleasing staple in homes around the world over the last five years, and rightfully so.
mDesignVertical Dresser Storage Tower$50
Since so many cleaning products are stored in the laundry room, it can help to have a place to stash them, points out Gatts.
“If you have the space for a drawer system of any kind that’s always a great help,” she says. Being able to put your detergent’s and other equipment into a drawer and close it up keeps things feeling clean and neat and tidy and the top can even give you a surface for folding.”
Branch BasicsLaundry Kit$59
No, you don’t have to hide away your cleaning products, especially if you invest in high-quality, eco-friendly, and non-toxic items you are proud to show off. We love the Branch Basics Laundry Kit, which has everything you need for a streamlined laundry experience – stain fighters included!