For the past few years, I’ve been wanting to update our laundry room with new floors and a better layout to utilize the space. Along with our kitchen remodel, I got the chance to finally do this with our flood.
Updating A Small Laundry Room
Our laundry room is basically a closet without doors. Seriously, it is that tiny. We walk through this space to get to and from the garage so it gets a lot of traffic. Opposite the laundry room is a small bathroom so it was a little difficult to get some of these photos. This is the bathroom that started the whole flood so the laundry room needed to be just about completely redone.
Below is a photo of how our laundry room originally looked. You can see the dated linoleum and general disarray. There was quite a bit of wasted space above the washer and dryer, especially since once we put them on pedestals I couldn’t really reach the shelf behind them.
Since our laundry room was empty, it was easy to give the room a fresh coat of paint and put down new floors. We opted for the same floors that we installed in our master bathroom (and later guest bathroom).
When we started to put things back into the laundry room, we decided to stack the washer and dryer in order to utilize the vertical space and add shelving using the Elfa series from The Container Store. It was easy to customize to fit our space perfectly. Our current coat closet is rather packed, so I’m glad that I added a hanging shelf as well.
On the lower shelves, I used Y-Weave baskets and Penny Cookie Jars to organize the shelves. I love how deep these baskets are because they really hide all the various products that I want to store in the laundry room. We also have a couple smaller ones on the top shelf for batteries and miscellaneous items.
The penny cookie jars are currently holding some laundry pods and diy wool dryer balls (along with a few purchased ones).
Normally I’m pretty rough on my clothes, but I do have a few items that I try to take care of properly, which means air drying. Since this room is small, I opted for a wall hanging drying rack so that it could fold out of the way when not in use.
While the laundry room didn’t get bigger, our updates help us utilize the space better. We now have usable space from wall to wall, and floor to the ceiling,
I definitely love how our laundry room turned out. It adds lots of functionality to the room and brings it into the 21st century. How do you maximize space in your laundry room?
Cris of Kiss My Tulle says
This is a really smart use of space! We have a tiny laundry room, too, and I love my collapsible clothes line/dryer.
I really need to do this to my laundry room. It’s a mess!
Jessica Holoka says
I love how you used the space without it looking cluttered! Great job!
Lisa Marie Heath says
I love the weave basket organization!
So how do you reach the controls on the top machine?
I’m not quite 5’4″ and I can reach them without issue.
You might like the use you will get if you move your standards out. put the brackets at the ends of the shelves.
You will have more use on the closet rod and the brackets won’t be in the way for anything on the shelf below