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45 Lovely laundry ideas – small laundry design, storage and organisation

By Katie

Updated: August 5th, 2019

It's often the forgotten room, but any parent will know how important it is to get the laundry just right

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Ah yes, it’s my favourite room in my house… said no one ever. But it doesn’t have to be so dull and boring when one of these laundry ideas becomes your reality at home. From plenty of floor to ceiling storage options to the perfect solution if you only have enough room for a small laundry nook, let’s take a look through over 45 ideas. And who knows, maybe you’ll be wanting fold washing and ironing every night.

So let’s start off by listing the laundry must-haves:

  • Ironing board with a long cupboard to put it away in
  • Laundry hamper
  • Laundry sink
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Laundry cabinets and storage
  • Drying rack

Some added lust-haves are external door access, pot plants, gift wrapping station and dog bath.

I think it’s really important to first establish what your renovating boundaries are and of course what your budget is. If you’re knocking down rooms (so it’s brand-new) that’s very different from working with your existing laundry dimensions.

Personally, if I was starting from scratch I would focus around laundry room storage ideas which would incorporate washing and drying machines, a spot for the ironing board, broom and mop and a large laundry sink. Functionality is everything for me, but if it can look fabulous without spending too much, well then that is a win in my book.

So with that being said, here are my favourite laundry room ideas.

45 Lovely Small Laundry Ideas

1. Use wallpaper

Use paint, tiles, or in this case a really beautiful wallpaper design to add style to your laundry space.

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Source: farmhouseliving

2. Keep it stylish

You might not have a lot of space, but what you do have you should make absolutely fabulous with all the design elements you love. That way you won’t care how big or small it is.

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Source: blessedecor

3. Give up some cupboard space

It’s a bold thing to do, but if you have some cupboard space that you’re willing to let go of, you can put all of your laundry essentials in there.

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Source: Cantileverinteriors

4. Stack ’em

If you need both a dryer and a washing machine in your laundry, get ones that you can stack on top of each other as this will allow you to fit a lot more into your laundry.

5. Use any space

If you’ve got some empty space at the end of a hallway, that’s a spot that could be ideal for a laundry nook. All it takes is a bit of work to hook up the plumbing (so it’s essential to hire professional plumbers for that part), and a bit of DIY, then you’re all good to go!

Source: jennasuedesign

6. Under the kitchen sink

Well, in this case, it’s technically the kitchen island table but this is a really nifty idea on how to better utilise a space that would usually be reserved for platters and appliances.

Source: sallyrhysjones

Laundry cabinets

When cabinets will not only act as storage but also hide appliances, it’s worth investing in the very best quality in terms of product and craftsmanship. Here are my top laundry ideas when it comes to decking out your laundry with cabinets.

7. Natural wood laundry cabinets

You might be reluctant to use wooden materials in a traditional wet area of the house, but as long as it’s properly treated you should be fine. This natural wood finish really emphasizes Scandi interior design.

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Source: Pinterest

8. White laundry cabinets

Classic white will always be fashionable and work with any design aesthetic that you’re trying to achieve throughout your home. If you wanted to update the look, a simple swap of handles will make it seem like a new room.

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Source: Home Beautiful

9. Dark laundry cabinets

Add dark cabinetry for a more expensive looking finish to the room.

dark-laundry cabinet
Source: Pinterest

10. Coloured laundry cabinets

If you want something a little different, why not inject a bit of colour into your laundry cabinetry. You will probably not want to go too loud here, so a pastel or a green is a safer option to look at.

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Source: Elledecor

11. Mixed textured cabinets

Shake things up by sticking to the current trend of mixing different textures together and give a bit of life to your laundry.

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Source: cantileverinteriors

12. Matte-finished laundry cabinets

Matte is back (well it’s never really gone away actually) and when used in a darker tone, it adds a bit of inner-city elegance in what could otherwise be a boring space.

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Source: Pinterest

13. Shelves

To give your laundry a sense of spaciousness put up a simple shelf or two, which you can easily style with some great accessories and lighting options.

Source: annabode

14. Ironing board cabinet

An ironing board that can be quickly stored away in a cupboard is an extra ‘special’ touch to think about adding to your laundry room.

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Source: homestolove

15. Cabinet handles and knobs

If you’re on a budget when it comes to your cabinetry, it doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge on fancy hardware…

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Source: Homestolove

Laundry flooring

16. Patterned tiles

Depending on what you’ve used in your bathroom, you might want to continue it through to the laundry as well – especially if you’ve used a patterned tile.

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Source: Cherished Bliss

17. Wooden floorboards

If you want something earthy and warm, floorboards are a classic (and suitable) choice for your laundry. Ranging from a darker tone to a whitewash finish, there are all different colours and styles that you can pick and choose between.

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Source: Style Me Pretty

18. Brick floors

It’s the perfect pick for your farmhouse laundry, especially if your laundry has an external door.

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Source: Pinterest

Laundry door and windows

What are simple doors and windows doing in an inspirational article you ask? Well, I’ll let the stunning images below speak for themselves.

19. Pretty in pink

Talk about adorable with this pink laundry door. It really turns a boring room into a place that you’re happy to be in and perfect for a weekend DIY project after a quick trip down to your local hardware store.

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Source: remodelaholic

20. Add signage

If it suits your style, add some typography to your door. This is something that you could continue throughout your home if it works for you.

Source: morningchores

21. Round window

Think outside of the square with a round window which can capture a lovely aspect of your garden. This could be perhaps the next big trend in interior design with different styles of window treatments.

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Source: threebirdsrenovations

22. Window slats

In a laundry, where it can get quite warm, you need plenty of ventilation so that you don’t have a build-up of moisture which may turn into mould.

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Source: 24 Homely

If you do find yourself with an unfortunate mould problem, it’s not as easy as just using a bleach-based product which only masks the problem. You’ll need these tips on how to rid mould from your home for good.

Multi-purpose room

23. Laundry and mudroom

It makes sense to roll two of the messier rooms in the house into one and keep all the mud and dirty clothes in the same spot.

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Source: ruemag

If you’re looking for more inspiration for your entryway, I’ve put together over 50 mudroom ideas to suit any home and any space, large or small.

24. Kitchen and laundry combination

Need a small laundry design? Why not combine it with your kitchen space so that all your plumbing and electrical work can stay in the same spot. All you need to do is consider how it will work with your kitchen cabinetry and the rest is simple. This will help keep your renovation budget on the lower side, which is an added bonus!

Make sure you’re being cost-efficient by doing some research to see how much a plumber will cost you.

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Source: Homes to love

Everyone dreams of that perfect kitchen and the number of decisions that need to be made can be quite overwhelming. So as a starting point it’s important to look at as many different types, colours and shapes of kitchens so that you can come up with a good plan for your own. To help you get started, take a look at all of my kitchen ideas that I’ve carefully curated for my dream kitchen.

25. Laundry and present wrapping

When you’re attending a kids birthday party every other weekend, a present wrapping station will always be in heavy use.

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Source: Jillian Harris

26. Laundry and bathroom

This is another concept that just makes sense when you need to combine rooms. I love the efficiency of just being able to easily chuck in your clothes and towels when you need.

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Source: kristin dion design

27. Laundry and home office

This is a bit of an odd combination but if you’re stretched for space, perhaps you need to combine your home office and laundry into the one spot. With some careful planning and design, there’s no reason why this can’t work.

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Source: Decorpad

28. Powder room and laundry

If you don’t have a separate bathroom from your main bathroom, it’s a really good idea to add a toilet to your laundry which can be easily accessed by guests.

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Source: Homes to love

Laundry with a pet zone

If you want all of your dog’s items in the one spot, the laundry room is a great place to start. And if planned in the laundry room design process, you’ll be able to include some really great features such as a dog bath or perhaps a grooming area.

29. Dog bed

Instead of a cushion on the floor, give your puppy a little house of their own.

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Source: Instagram

30. Dog bath

If I had a dog, this would probably be one of the top things I would build in my laundry, that being a designated dog bath. This means that all of their fur and dirt is contained to one area.

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Source: hookedonhouses

31. Dog feeding station

Imagine your pups having their own little spot to eat every meal – how cute! Although this example is in the kitchen, it would just be as easy to put this in the laundry with a hook up to the plumbing to fill up water bowls.

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Source: Home Bunch

Laundry sink

32. Farmhouse laundry sink

Although this is typically a farmhouse sink, it will work with either industrial, Scandi or vintage design.

33. Laundry sink with a cover

For the person who wants everything neat and tidy, getting a cover that fits over the sink is an added extra that you can’t go without.

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Source: Domain

34. Standalone sink

Don’t have enough room for a bench in your laundry? Well, you can still have a super cute standalone laundry sink and better still, it’s definitely something you can DIY.

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Source: Within The Grove

35. Concrete laundry sink

If you’re going for a country farm style, you can’t look past a concrete trough sink such as the one below.

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Source: Beneath My Heart

36. Brass laundry sink

Want to go glam? As well as adding a brass sink to your kitchen and bathroom, why not put one in your laundry too. This is one of my favourite laundry ideas.

brass-laundry-sink
Source: Instagram: Freedom Kitchens

37. Round laundry sink

Looking for something a little different? A round laundry sink will definitely make people stop to think.

Source: sallyrhysjones

Laundry tiles

If you’re looking to keep the laundry consistent with the tiles which feature in your bathroom or water closet, that’s a really great economical way to keep your costs down. If your laundry is in your bathroom, you’ll definitely be doing this.

But perhaps you either want to pare back on the tile design or take it up a notch if your laundry room is standalone. Here are some options for any laundry design.

38. Subway tiles

These are a classic laundry tile because they can be used in with any style that you’re wanting to implement around your home. Or you can also have some fun with subway tiles by picking a different colour or instead of a matching grout, pick a contrasting colour.


Source: A Subtle Revelry

If you go down the path of picking a lighter contrasting colour of the grout, you need to make sure that you stay on top of the cleaning so that it always looks great. As a starting point, here’s how much it costs for a tile cleaner.

39. Hexagon tiles

These are the ‘new’ subway tile and again come in a lot of colour variations. They are a good choice if you want something that catches the eye but doesn’t stand out too much.

Source: Pinterest

40. Penny round mosaic tiles

Now if you’re wanting to make a bit more of a statement, a penny round is a lovely way to do this either in a neutral colour, or full glam mode with a metallic finish. Plus your tilers will love how easy these are to install.

Source: Pinterest

Want a bit more inspiration when it comes to tiles. I’ve deep-dived into the world of bathroom tile ideas and I’m sure you’ll find something there you love.

Laundry accessories

41. Laundry hamper basket

A basket is versatile because it can be used in a bedroom, bathroom or laundry room and helps you to easily carry your laundry to put in the washing machine.

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Source: The White Company

42. Laundry hamper cabinet

If you like to have everything tidied away, then an in-built hamper in your laundry cabinets is what you should go for here. Multiple tubs allow for your white and coloured items to be properly separated so that you don’t end up staining your whites!

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Source: Stylecurator

43. Clothes hanging rail

Make sure those freshly ironed shirts stay crease-free with a railing installed to hang them on.

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Source: Decor Pad

44. Vintage drying rack

Maximise the space in your laundry with a vintage style drying rack for your clothes. You simply unwind the rope and lower or lift when you need to put on/ take off your washing.

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Source: Pinterest

45. Mid-century drying rack

This is a beautiful drying rack idea for your clothes if you love mid-century design.

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Source: thedesignfiles

And there you have it, my top 45 laundry ideas that will take a typically boring room and turn it into a beautiful space that’s magazine-worthy. If you have any other laundry ideas, please let me know in the comments below.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie

I've loved interior design for as long as I can remember and I'm currently about to renovate my first home. So as well as being the Content Lead at Airtasker, I'm also on the lookout for the latest design trends, backyard ideas and anything to do around the home. I'm also trying to use low-tox cleaning methods and work towards being more plastic-free!

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