How to Create a Laundry Room in a Small Space


Creating a laundry room in a small space is all about organization. The more space saving equipment and storage, the better. The laundry room is one of the most used rooms in a house; the average family spends approximately 5 to 8 hours a week doing laundry. Therefore, creating a functional laundry room, even in a small space can cut down the time it takes to wash, fold and organize a load of clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Paint
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Measure the laundry room space and search for compact appliances that will fit well in the area. Consider choosing a neutral color such as black or white, if you haven’t decided what color you will paint the area.

  • Add shelving that can accommodate the weight of heavy laundry detergents, clothes and baskets. Add clothing racks to hang items that cannot be dried.

  • Paint the room a color that opens the space up and makes the space appear larger. Creams and powder blues work well. However, using a light color on your walls followed by a darker border is another way to trick the eye to making the room appear bigger.

  • Add lighting. Natural light is always best, however you can add additional lighting to open up the space. However, because it is a laundry room, do not overdo the lighting. A space saving wall lamp or hanging fixture will suffice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the area functional. Do not try to merge everything into the small space. For example, if there is not enough room for a folding table, then you may need to leave that feature out and use your kitchen table to fold the clothes.
  • Do not cramp the small space by adding additional equipment. Keep the space open by only adding the necessary equipment in the small area.

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