Small Laundry Room Design Ideas

Laundry is one of those ongoing chores that is best done in an organized and well-designed space, but the space doesn't have to be large. When creating a laundry room in a small space, put function at the top of the list, so you can make the most of every area. After function, focus on aesthetics, such as color, so you can enjoy the time spent in this compact area.


Even compact spaces can make for efficient laundry rooms.

In a small laundry room, a stackable washer and dryer unit makes an ideal space-saving solution. If room allows, consider a front-loading washer and dryer to incorporate a little folding area into the laundry room. For exceptionally small laundry rooms, a dual-purpose washer and dryer unit may be the only practical appliance choice.


Make the most of all wall space to hang and store items. Install a wire shelf with a sliding rod attached for dual-purpose hanging space. Hang hooks on the wall as a less-expensive but practical option for storing laundry bags or other items. A small rolling cart, designed specifically for laundry rooms, is a practical and economical solution for storing laundry products. A wall-mounted drying rack is another good option for drying and hanging small items.

Color and Lighting

Keep lighting bright in a small laundry room. To ensure that you are able to work efficiently, use the brightest wattage bulbs allowable. If possible, install recessed lighting. Avoid dark colors in a small laundry room. Instead, use bold color combinations like yellow and blue, or cream and green; be sure that the combinations coordinate with color schemes in adjoining rooms.

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