The laundry room may be the most overworked room in the home but sadly, it is also the most overlooked. If you are committed to maximizing every square inch of space in your home, any time’s a good time to make a change!
Most small apartments do not have a decent laundry room. And those blessed few that do come with laundry areas, the “room” itself is more like a broom closet than an actual laundry room.
How do you make the most out of a small laundry room? If your laundry area is on the petite side, don’t fret! Try these smart small apartment ideas for styling a space-efficient laundry room:
Add a Folding Station
This is one of the easiest (and most obvious) ways to make the laundry room work for you. Don’t waste that generous slice of space above the washer and dryer. Place a table against the wall, set the washer and dryer underneath it and you’ve got a counter/folding station!
You can use the counter to store your laundry essentials too. Brilliant, right? Now if for some reason this can’t be done in your laundry room, try mounting a foldable counter on the wall to sneak in a folding station without using up the space!
Install a Hanging Drying Rack
Got no room for a full-sized drying rack in that tiny laundry room of yours? No problem, that blank wall space can be utilized in so many ways! Use a mountable drying rack that folds down and backs up at a moment’s notice.
A hanging drying rack is more compact than a full-sized drying rack but just as useful. Mounting the drying rack on the wall allows you to dry your clothes without the mess. Wayfair has a great selection of retractable or folding drying racks!
Wall Mount Caddies
For small laundry rooms with zero cabinets or drawers, here’s a great idea: try mounting baskets or caddies on wall corners. These caddies are compact enough to fit the tiniest wall space. Just mount a couple and you’ve got room to spare for your bottled cleaners.
Wheeled Laundry Cart
If you’d rather not bore holes into your apartment walls, you can also use a wheeled laundry cart to keep your laundry area spick and span.
A slim laundry organizer on wheels can be stowed away in the tiniest slice of space, allowing you to keep your cleaners organized without sacrificing precious floor space.
Floating shelves are one of our favorite small apartment ideas when it comes to claiming every inch of empty space. And why not? These sleek shelves are stylish, affordable, and easy to install. Installing just a couple on a blank space transforms a room!
Try installing several floating shelves above the washer and dryer to maximize all that vertical space. You get flexible storage space for your laundry essentials while keeping the room organized and efficient.
Sneaking In an Ironing Station
The best laundry area allows you to wash, dry, sort, and iron clean clothes. Adding an ironing station helps complete your setup! But what if you can’t fit an ironing board into the laundry room?
Use any naked vertical space as storage for the ironing board. One idea is to install a peg board on the wall so you can hang all your ironing tools.
You can also get a wall mount ironing station like the Southern Enterprises Wall Mount Ironing Center. This all-in-one ironing station has a built-in ironing board that folds out and back away for easy storage. It also comes with garment hooks and two shelves! Neat, huh? You can get this ironing center on Amazon.
You can also install metal hooks on the wall and use them to store your ironing board. Or get an ironing caddy that comes with a board holder on eBay.
Hang this ironing board caddy on the wall or the door! It’s the perfect laundry organizer for laundry rooms with zero floor space to spare for a full-sized ironing station. Get this cool ironing caddy here.
Feeling a bit extra? If you’re really committed to elevating the style of your laundry area, transfer all your cleaners into clear canisters. Arrange the clear canisters on your shelves and voila, your laundry room looks ten times more stylish!
You can also use mason jars to store liquid soaps, fabric softener, bleach, etc., so you don’t have to deal with ugleh, bulky packaging that ruins the look of the room.
Sorting and hanging clean clothes are easier if your laundry room has a rack with multiple hooks. For the space-strapped, installing towel racks on any blank wall space is your best bet.
Towel racks are not only affordable, they are also versatile. You can hang everything from shirts to baskets and cleaning supplies. Finish up with dozens of S-hooks and you’ve got a hanging and garment sorting station.