Asked on Oct 29, 2020

How to improve the laundry room?

Michelle LeslieBecky at Flipping the FlipAmanda Garnett
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Our laundry room has an interesting layout, and it also doubles as storage for tool, paint, cleaning supplies, and outdoor toys because we don't have a garage. Any ideas to make it prettier and more functional?

Looking in from hallway

In front of washer and dryer

15 answers
  • Annie
    Annie
    on Oct 29, 2020

    You've got lots of potential and it already looks cute. Love those glass jars. Can you put up some floating shelves on that wall the window is on?


    Then a nice bright picture or "laundry room saying" to go in the space above the window?

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Oct 29, 2020

    You have a lot of upper wall space. I'd add floating shelves (or regular shelves would be fine) with pretty baskets for your odds and ends.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Oct 29, 2020

    This is a cute way to add some storage to a laundry room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrrNrNUralM


  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Oct 29, 2020

    You could even put floating shelves in front of the window like this homeowner did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHOHPbzqyTs

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Oct 29, 2020

    This is another look at open shelving in a laundry room: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27373510224794179/

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Oct 29, 2020

    First, I will say that I prefer cabinets to shelves when possible. I've had both in the laundry room and it's so easy for the shelves to get "junky".

    Add a cabinet to the right of the window. Over the window, put a shelf to store things that are needed less often. You can use baskets to give a neater appearance.

    To the left, add curtains across the entire wall. That will hide away the items and make it prettier. You should have room for shelves to the left and above the electrical panel. If you don't want to put a curtain across the whole area, mimic on the left what you have done on the right. Hang a large picture over the electrical panel or paint it.

    Bring in some color either with paint on the walls or with the curtains.

    Utilizing tubs or large baskets to group things together will give you a "decorator" look to hide items to replace open containers like the milk carton.


  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Oct 29, 2020

    you could stack your washer and dryer and that would free up more room and we added some open shelving for our laundry room to put things we store in there up and out of the way-

  • Emily
    Emily
    on Oct 29, 2020

    Thank you for all the ideas! I think I'm going to start by painting it to add some color. I love the idea of floating shelves for pretty decorative items and cabinets for all the other stuff I don't want to see

  • Johnavallance82
    Johnavallance82
    on Oct 30, 2020

    Hi there

    Fix Shelves and use Baskets too.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Oct 30, 2020

    you could also add a hang up rack or plastic storage for the doors to add more storage space they hook on back of the door and will free up some space for you

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Oct 31, 2020

    I would add shelving or wall narrow cabinets by both sides of window and shelving for sure with drying rack by sink ...some shutters , signs ..What a great project to have

  • Flipturn
    Flipturn
    on Nov 1, 2020

    You've got a lot of empty vertical space above the appliances that could be put to more efficient use. I would suggest that you purchase a small either expandable or collapsible hang-up rack and mount it on the side right hand wall or on the back wall. Here are some examples.

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  • Amanda Garnett
    Amanda Garnett
    on Nov 1, 2020

    Definitely if the budget allows, a large cabinet. I had a similar layout and size and felt the space was wasted (like you I keep all my paint and tools in there, we have a garage but I like my own toolbox and craft/diy things) The cabinet made a massive difference. Everything out of sight. The only things I have out are my bottles like your jars. I also put a worktop across the washer and dryer. Just looks tidier. I have a sink between them too. The other thing that makes a difference is pick a fabric and have a window blind (mines only a pretend one) with a couple of other touches such as a pad or runner to store your jars on. I also had 20cm gap down one side of the washer which I just made a simple wine rack style unit with three slots and managed to find some tiny baskets for spare cloths, laundry things (stain removers etc). Either way have fun with it. If it’s anything like mine, it’s the only room in the house that’s just mine so do what YOU want.

  • A wallpaper, stencil painting, or a fun wall color should set you on the right path.

  • Michelle Leslie
    Michelle Leslie
    on Nov 6, 2020

    Hi, not sure if this is going to help, but we have a teeny tiny home (no space for a laundry) and to hide our tools we made over a old metal truck so it doubles up as storage and hides all the tools at the same time  https://acraftymix.com/blog/hide-your-tools-metal-trunk/ You can also invest in some IKEA bookshelves and hang them on the wall around the window for extra storage.

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