I absolutely love our home, but our small laundry room leaves a lot to be desired. It just doesn’t feel like there was much thought that went into the design – it’s narrow, came with little storage space, and the storage space it did include was open shelving. Who wants all of their random laundry supplies hanging out in plain sight? Not me!
So last year we decided to buy a few products to make our tiny laundry room a more functional space.
Is it the Pinterest-worthy laundry room of my dreams? Nope!
But our small laundry room makeover did what we needed it to do – it created more floor space, allowed us to hide our extra laundry detergent and supplies, gave us a drying rack, and created a new home for our iron and ironing board.
If you want to maximize space in your small laundry area, here are some (mainly affordable) products you can buy!
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You can get upper cabinets like the one we used at Lowe’s or Home Depot. They sell them pre-finished, so you don’t even have to paint them. All you have to do is add some hardware and hang them up! Upper cabinets make for a great use of vertical space and are a great place to store extra laundry supplies.
Hanging Rod (and S Hooks)
We installed two hanging rods because we like to air dry a lot of our clothes, but needed extra space for doing so. There’s literally zero counter space in our laundry room. Depending on what we’re drying, we use s hooks and hangers to get the job done.
We put this in our laundry room closet to clear up floor space. This made room for our laundry baskets, which made this neat-freak happy, haha.
We use these acrylic organizers all over our house, but in our laundry room we use them for cleaning supplies. It keeps things contained and prevents them from falling through the wire shelving.
Ironing Board Mount
I’ll be honest, we don’t use our iron and ironing board much. We use a steamer. But we like having both options! That said, we snagged an ironing board mount to house our iron and ironing board in our laundry room. It had been hanging out in our office previously and was such an unnecessary eyesore. This was an affordable option, and my husband said it was so easy to install.
I know I said I didn’t like the open shelves in our original laundry room, but hear me out! The floating shelf we installed is prettier (wood vs. wire), more sturdy, and much smaller than the original. We mounted it just above the top of the washer and drier to house the things we need on repeat – like laundry detergent, Oxi Clean pods, and dryer sheets.
Truly, a few little adjustments can make a huge impact. We’ve experienced this firsthand. So if you think you have to spend tons of money to make your laundry room space better function for you – think again, my friend.
I hope this proves to you that functional laundry rooms don’t have to be picture-perfect. I also hope it encourages you to adjust your own space to best suite your needs, even if you don’t have a huge budget. It can and should be done!
Cheers to making laundry day a little bit more tolerable!