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 like 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 like the plague, they should be places where organization, style, and function flourish.
Efficient Space Planning
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.
Carefully Chosen Appliances
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 complements 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.
Beautiful Laundry Baskets
“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.
Fun Storage Containers
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.”
Don’t forget to label everything if you want a perfectly organized space, reminds Wetzel. “We like to have a Clean/To Fold bin, which, when turned around says Dirty/Wash. This gives a 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?"
A Fun But Functional Ironing board
Like 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.
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.
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.
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 detergents 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.”
Thoughtful Laundry Products
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!