20+ Small laundry ideas

By Elise Hodge

Published: June 22nd, 2023

Maximise your small laundry space with these savvy organisation hacks.

Do you have a small laundry but have no idea what to do with it? No need to worry; this blog post contains ideas for inspiration.

While it can be hard to decorate or make the most of a room on the smaller side, the secret is to save on-floor space. So, here are some tips to make the most of a tiny area and help you easily do your weekly laundry:

Floating shelves

Floating shelves are a great instalment if you’re someone who loves extra storage but doesn’t have any room to put another piece of furniture on the ground. Plus, they look stunning.


Hooks allow you to hang things up and put them out of the way: bags, shoes, hats, clean clothes, or even additional storage baskets.

Wallpaper and tiling

Installing colourful wallpaper and tiling can instantly spruce up your space without taking up any room at all.

Check out these 25 small laundry ideas to get you excited to make the most of your smallest rooms,

1. Handy hooks

basket and bathrobes on hooks

As you know, with small areas, floor space is scarce. So adding hooks to your wall are very handy. You can use them to hang towels, clean or dirty clothes, or even storage space for hanging baskets. No matter what you hang on them, they won’t look cluttered.

2. Black cabinets

laundry interior with black cabinets

Black can open up a room, too! This is your sign not to shy away from dark colours, even if you’re working with a small space. It adds dimension and contrast, beautifully playing against light-coloured appliances and decorations.

3. Floating shelves and hanger bar

large laundry room with tiled floor dark washer and dryer white cabinets and a wicker basket below floating wooden shelves

These give you additional storage without taking up room on your floors—a win-win. Wooden floating shelves or hanger bars are a great option, as they can add a natural and rustic look to your laundry room. Just add your laundry essentials and hangers, and voila!

4. Duck egg blue

farmhouse style laundry room, rolling carts, signs, duck egg blue cabinets.

Don’t be afraid of colour when working with a small laundry room because it can turn out quite gorgeous. For example, combining wooden tops with duck egg blue paint livens the space while making it look extra cosy. 

5. Encouraging words

Interior of home laundry room with modern washing machine

If you aren’t sure what else to do with a small space, why not mount motivational and inspirational texts? When you’re doing your laundry, it might be what you need to read to change your whole outlook for the day.

6. Marble tiles

marble tile interior laundry room

How gorgeous are marble tiles? Not only do they look luxurious, but they’re super versatile. You can add any decor, such as a separator and a wicker basket, and the room will still look put-together. 

7. Wood accents

laundry room with wood accents

For those who like their laundry rooms to look more homely or like you’re in a cabin, opt for wooden flooring, walls, or cabinets! Add some white cupboards and cabinets for a timeless design. 

8. Kitchen and laundry

interior of modern kitchen with washing machine

If you lack space for a separate laundry room, you can combine it with your kitchen. Separate the two by placing cabinets or drawers between the oven and washing machine. This way, you can cook meals while waiting for your laundry to finish.

9. Sliding door

laundry room and hallway with stairs barn door hardwood floors

A great way to save space is by creating a closet laundry room that can be hidden away when it’s not in use! And a sliding door is a great way to do that. Instead of opening towards you, it slides across so you won’t lose any space if you open and close it. 

10. Secret cabinet

hidden washing machine in bathroom

Don’t like the idea of your washer and dryer being exposed in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom? Hide them in plain sight. An easy option is to keep them inside a cabinet. You’ll only have to open them when you do your laundry; if people come over, they’ll be none the wiser.

11. Mid-century modern

mid-century modern laundry interior

A laundry room, like any room in your home, is a chance to design and play with different styles and textures. If you’re unsure, take inspiration from this cool mid-century modern laundry room! The muted green colour gorgeously complements the wooden floor and panelled wall. Feel free to add floating shelves or hooks to save space.

12. Space separator

laundry room interior with washing machine and beautiful wooden divider

If you have a laundry-slash-bathroom, adding a small divider is a great idea as it almost doubles the look of your room. When separated, you can even decorate both areas differently, so entering either space will make you feel like you’re actually in a different room.

13. Matte finishes

black cabinets and grey washer and dryers

If you want to take your small laundry room to the next level, switch up your glossy appliances and cabinets to a matte finish for that ultra-smooth, sleek look. Feel free to add tiles to break up the flatness and add some contrast.

14. Sunny yellow

laundry room with yellow cabinets and drawers

Bored of a white room? Yellow may be for you. Its brightness creates the illusion of light with a warm glow. To give the room more character, you can put in some plants, candles, and cute wallpaper.

15. Subway tiles

laundry room with subway tile wall

If you want to spruce up your small laundry but don’t have room to put anything else, tiling is the way to go. Subway tiles are your chance to add some fun to the space. Their slightly curved edges will add character to your wall.

16. Colourful details

rainbow laundry rug with slippers

It really is all in the sweet little details. Putting in colour via rugs, handles, hooks, and shelves will bring your small laundry to life. They’re easy to clean and install and won’t take up too much space.

17. Long runner rug

interior of laundry room with a washing machine

A textured runner rug will not only give your small laundry room character, but it will also prevent you from slipping too. If your laundry area has a natural theme going on, a brown runner rug will go well with the plants, baskets, and wooden cabinets you have.   

18. Blue basket and cupboard

washing machine and towels in modern laundry room

If you have a favourite colour and want to use it in your laundry, then roll with it. Love blue? Add a blue laundry basket and blue cupboard. You can add other shades for variety and to make the room even more vibrant. How fun!

19. Stunning chandelier

copper geometric chandeliers

After something a little more classy? Adding a chandelier to any space will automatically lift it and make it seem more luxurious than it already is. For a modern take, go for a geometric chandelier. Not only will your laundry room be brighter, but it will also look more chic.

20. Nature wallpaperprinted wallpaper in laundry interior

Laundry rooms don’t have to have plain walls. Green, leafy wallpaper is a great way to spruce up a space. It’s the perfect way to show your love for the tropics. And when you add more plants and plant-themed decor, you’ll never feel bored in such a vibrant room.

21. Pretty prints

wall art prints in laundry room

Speaking of awesome things to put on the wall in your laundry room, here’s a cute idea. Beautiful prints of your choosing are a way to show off your home style and liven up a room without taking up any space on the floor.

22. Hidden in the hallway

hidden laundry room with washer and dryer

Like the secret laundry cabinet, this idea takes it up a notch and lets you hide your laundry room in the hallway. Thanks to sliding doors, once they’re closed, guests won’t notice them when they come to visit.

23. Brick wall

washing machine with white brick wall

Instead of going for plain, flat walls, why not add bricks and paint them white (or red)? The brick look creates a beautiful texture without distracting from other features in the rest of the room. 

24. White and grey

white and grey laundry room

Grey cabinets can blend beautifully with a white washer and dryer. To take this room up a notch, add some plants.

25. Multi-level basket storage

laundry cubby storage

To keep your laundry room neat and tidy, add an open cabinet and place your laundry baskets and cleaning supplies there. The lack of doors on the shelves is a great alternative to drawers and looks very modern. It will save you space because you won’t have to open them constantly.

So there are 25 small laundry ideas to help you spruce up your smaller spaces and make the most out of them. What were your favourites? 


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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