An apartment with an off-site laundry can bring challenges. Dragging a pile of heavy clothes down the streets is not a simple task. That is why even a small laundry room in the comfort of your own home is a dream come true for many but a tiny room for your laundry can also present a set of challenges.
Small Laundry Room Challenges
Like a small bedroom, a small laundry room can present challenges. Nevertheless, there are many ideas to make it work well for your space.
It may be difficult to handle all the soiled clothes, dirty bed sheets and detergent drips when you have a limited laundry space. It’s normal to look for a space where one can put all the essentials needed and a place where one can hide laundry baskets that are full of unclean items. With the help of creativity, you can maximize space in your small laundry room without renovations.
I know the feeling all too well. When I did get the chance to build a small laundry room in my little home, it took some creativity to fit everything.
Choose the appropriate machine for your space. Picking the right machine to help you finish the laundry is an important step since it is the star of the room. Choose a durable washing machine that will not just help you do the job but also an appliance that will fit in your space. You can stack your washer and dryer to save space if that is possible in your laundry room.
Hang a drying rack either from the ceiling or under the cabinets to maximize the room space. Hanging a drying rack from the ceiling works for delicate items that needs air dry or clothes that need to be ironed. Some opt for a pull-out drying rack which can easily be tucked in a neat pull-out drawer when not in use. You can also consider installing a simple rod at the bottom of a cabinet. It can also serve as a hanger storage, keeping your empty hangers in one place until you need them.
Shelves in Empty Corners
Putting shelves in empty corners can provide sufficient storage to keep detergent, fabric softener, other cleaning supplies and even towels. Using these corners can free up spaces and make your room appear larger.
Think of how hotels use up space above toilet seats, you can apply the same concept.
If you have a front load machine, the top area of your washer and dryer can be a useful place. It can be utilized by installing a shelf across the top of the machines to set up a folding station.
Another suggestion to save up some space is to mount a small piece of counter or plywood that can fold down and back up onto the wall to be used as your folding station.
Hidden Ironing Board
You can also consider installing a built-in ironing board cabinet if you have a room on a wall. You can simply open the cupboard to release the ironing board. Just tuck it in when not in use and your ironing board will be out of sight.
Storage Behind The Doors
The back of the doors are usually empty but if you are creative enough, putting storage there will be a great idea. Hooks that are mounted behind the door can add space to hang laundry bags. Mounted baskets can hold up laundry items.
Be sure to keep your laundry area safe since this room uses electricity and water. Update your circuit breakers and have it checked regularly since broken Current Shunt Resistors can cause electrical problems.
The Gist of it
These are just a few of the ideas you can make a small laundry room spacious. With your creativity and patience, you can add space in your laundry room in no time. Utilizing whatever corner you have and sometimes masking it in ways that doesn’t make its use apparent is a great way to go about it.
What ideas do you have to create a suitable space for laundry in your home?
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