Let’s be honest, out of all the spaces in any home, the laundry room usually comes with all the problems. Besides that, it’s also the smallest, and ugliest room in the house. But have you ever considered using that space in a smart way?
Because I’m pretty sure that you’d find out how easily you can maximize the space to the fullest, with the right makeover! If you don’t know where to start, we made a list of some of the best, most innovative, and practical ideas for your laundry room. Trust me, these ideas are much easier to try than you’d ever think! Let’s see what we’ve got:
Stacked washer & dryer
Stacking your washer and dryer might save a lot of space, especially if you have a small laundry room. And if you think about it, it can be easily done with a trip to Ikea! All you have to do is get a cabinet that can easily store all your laundry detergents and cleaning supplies but also sorts the dirty laundry, and comes with a spot for laundry baskets. You will instantly get an ultra-efficient room!
Build a countertop
If you placed your washer and dryer side by side and they’re both front-loaders, all you have to do is to add an easy DIY countertop. In the end, you’ll get the folding surface you always dreamed of, and prevent all that detergent from jumping off during any spin cycle. Who doesn’t love a gorgeous wood countertop?
Add a skinny cart between the washer and the dryer
If you have a little bit of unused space between your washer and your dryer (anywhere else, actually), you should consider buying a cheap but useful cart that you can easily slide into that tiny space. It’s ideal for all the detergents, stain removers, bleaches, dryer sheets, and whatever you might use to wash your clothes.
You don’t need detergent anymore
I know this might seem a bit off-hand, but it’s possible and it’s extremely useful. Have you ever heard of laundry balls? They are super useful, and they are supposed to last for over 1500 loads! It’s alright if you’re a bit skeptical, but if you decide to try these laundry balls, you’ll soon realize that they’re very good.
Needless to say that everything I washed with them came out cleaner and fresher than ever. All you have to do is put them with your load…and that’s about it. So why keep that big bottle of laundry detergent, when you can use that space for something else?
Try getting a wall-mounted drying rack
If you have plenty of delicates that you need to wash regularly, you probably have a hard time finding the right place to hang them. Well, wouldn’t a wall-mounted accordion drying rack fix all your problems? I’m guessing yes! I know that drying racks usually require a lot of floor space, but not if you use…YOUR CEILING!
This easy rack will come in handy, especially since it can be raised and lowered with a very smart pulley system, which keeps the laundry out of your way. And there are even more benefits: if you dry your clothes at such great heights, you’ll soon realize that they dry faster.
What about some cabinets?
If you have a ton of wall space above your washer and dryer, then consider adding a couple of cabinets on the wall. There, you’ll keep everything you need often, such as stain removers, detergent, dryer sheets, and so on.
Have you ever tried a lint bin?
If you try this lint bin, you’ll definitely love it, as having this nearby will definitely eliminate all that free-floating fluff! Also, if you’re a fan of backyard fire pits, then the lint will make a great fire starter. If you’re not really into DIY, you can easily find it on Amazon.
Add a quick-reference stain-removal guide
This is probably my favorite hack. What better way to properly wash EVERYTHING than with a stain-removal guide? I didn’t even know how much I needed this until I bought one myself!
Get crafty with a useful printable wall art
Also, you can try a funny free printable sign that you can easily use to decipher all those mysterious instruction symbols you might see on your clothes’ tags. You can easily find them on Amazon.
Install another smart shelf
Have you ever considered using the space behind the washer and the dryer? If not, then this trick will probably change your life, as you CAN, in fact, use that space for a custom shelf! It will offer you a ton of storage for those supplies you use on a regular basis, and it will also allow you to free up the space you might need in the cabinets above.
And it gets better: it will only cost you $12 to build it. Start by measuring the space between the washer and the wall. If you don’t have enough space, you could just pull the units out a little bit. This way, you won’t need to make custom cuts.
Hang clothing rods
When it comes to laundry, nothing bothers me more than washing and drying button-downs and blouses. And in the end, what do I get? Nothing but a wrinkled mess. That’s why I tried using a hanging rod.
I’ve read somewhere that this type of hanging rod uses the space between two cabinets, and can be easily installed close to the laundry unit, which will automatically mean that you’ll have a couple of hangers ready to use right when those precious and delicate shirts come out of the dryer.
In fact, you might even realize that you don’t need a dry cleaner anymore, as it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
No, there’s no such thing as enough space. You could always use more, seriously now! Probably one of the most efficient design solutions is this particular DIY platform, which basically comes with a win-win situation. First, it raises the laundry units a bit higher, which you’ll find very useful since you won’t have to bend over and strain your back. Secondly, it comes with MORE storage space! You could easily place there your favorite dryer sheets and rags.
Try using sliding barn doors
Whether you decided to make a laundry room in a nook or a closet, you can say goodbye to those cheap, contractor-picked doors, and save all that precious floor space with an ingenious idea! These mounted barn doors will slide open and close effortlessly, and no one will ever guess that you hide industrial workhorses behind these charming doors.
If you don’t know where to get quality barn door hardware, it can be easily found online or at the nearest Home Depot. And if you want to know whether or not the installation suits the space, make sure there’s enough wall space on both sides for the doors. This way, the barn doors will be able to slide fully open.
If you enjoyed reading this piece, then you’ll probably decide to try other DIY projects, too. If so, then we recommend you try: 15 Simple and Amazing Ways to Reuse Jars for Home Decoration