Laundry Storage Ideas
If you’ve been thinking about making a few changes or updates around your home in 2020, and the laundry is on the agenda, then you’re in luck…
We have some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of any laundry space.
We’ve got everything from compact laundries to concealed laundries, so there’s something for everyone.
Take a load off and take a look at some of our ideas to help and sort out your laundry!
Soak it Up
Laundries can often be one of those spaces in the home that receives the least attention when it comes to renovating or building.
So if you’ve decided that it’s time to renovate or freshen it up, then laundry storage should be at the top of your wish list.
Making a few simple changes or additions can greatly increase your laundry’s functionality and style (yep, they can be stylish as well!)
We’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to freshen up your existing space, or create the laundry of your dreams.
Let There Be Light
If you have an existing laundry and space is on the tight side, then there are a few easy and cost effective things you can do to increase the storage while also improving the design.
Mirrors! It may sound strange to include a mirror in your laundry space, but much like in a bathroom, a mirrored cabinet can be a clever storage solution. This not only creates a beautiful design element, it increases your laundry storage immediately.
They also help to bounce light around any space, so if your laundry is on the compact side, this can help to make it seem much bigger.
You’re laundry space may also double as a powder room, so including a mirror is not just a great idea for your design, your guests will thank you for it!
Another cost effective way to easily increase the your laundry storage is open shelving. These don’t have to be custom built or expensive either. Many home improvement stores stock beautiful floating shelving that you can DIY.
Add some detailed baskets, cute storage boxes and even stackable containers. Not only will it look more streamlined, it will increase your storage and it will be a more versatile and functional space.
Design Tip – When you go with open shelving, you get an added bonus. Yep, shelving is not only practical storage, but you can also show off your styling pieces. It’s the perfect place to show that laundries don’t have to be boring spaces. You should feel like you want to spend time in there, and styling it with things you love is a great way to entice you into the space.
If you’re already blessed with ample light and a generous floor plan, then storage is relatively easier to incorporate. It also means you get to play around with the design a little.
You simply need to think about a few things like, what type of laundry storage do you want? Custom cabinetry and cupboards? Open shelving with baskets? Floor to ceiling cupboards for brooms/mops/vacuum etc?
Of course, each of these types of laundry storage options will have a varied impact. Both on the style and also on your budget.
If you need bang for your buck, you can always get flat-pack cabinetry from home improvement stores. These are an amazing way to incorporate storage at a fraction of the cost of custom cabinetry. There is a such great range of colours and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit your needs. And if you’re handy, you could also DIY this part of your reno or build.
By going the DIY route, you may have a little bit of extra cash in the budget. We recommend splurging on a gorgeous countertop. You can easily have one installed by a cabinetmaker or renovation supplier. It will make your laundry look amazing and it can also help to show off your laundry sink & tapware!
Then simply finish off with extra storage finishes like hooks and baskets. Another tricky storage solution is to use things like pretty glass or organic handmade ceramics & containers. These are also a cute way to add storage without it looking like a storage closet!
You can tread a fine line when it comes to Laundry Storage. If you have a modest size floorplan, don’t be fooled into filling it with floor to ceiling cupboards everywhere. It will seem a little heavy and overwhelming.
When designing the laundry, think about the items you want to store in here. Are you going to store the mop & bucket, brooms, cleaning products, or anything that needs to be kept away from children? Then you may want to consider a combo of overhead and floor cabinetry.
This is a perfect solution for the laundry. You can store smaller items or dangerous chemicals and things overhead and out of reach from children. Also store things that you don’t use often up there. Then you can keep the floor cabinetry for everyday or frequently used items.
Another great option is a combination of closed cabinetry and open shelving. This helps to keep that light, airy feeling. By having various sized cupboards, it also gives the space some interest and definition. Having large floor to ceiling cabinetry is not only practical, but it can make the space feel larger and draw your eye upwards. Annnnd that gives you somewhere to store the ironing board, vacuum, mop and broom! Voila!
Design Tip – If adding shelving try opting for a colour or material that is different to the rest of your laundry elements. If you have a fairly neutral palette, try adding oak or walnut coloured shelving to add some interest and warmth
Hide and Seek
Aaah, the concealed laundry…probably one of the most clever spaces in the home. These little beauties pack a real punch when it comes to functionality.
Normally consisting of a small laundry sink or tub, tapware and a space for your washer & dryer, they can be amazing when designed well. Almost invisible, and with a small floorplan, they can have little storage, but if used well it may be all you need.
By cleverly stacking the washer & dryer on top of each other, you immediately save valuable space. If you are building cabinetry around the washer & dryer, ensure you take it to the very top of your space. This will allow you to either include some additional shelving or cupboards, and also include a drying rail attached to the opposite wall or cabinetry.
Undersink cabinetry is a must here. Not only will it hide away all the unsightly plumbing, again, it gives you more storage. Tuck away all your laundry products in organised baskets or shelving within the cabinetry. Remember to think about what you need to store in here, and design your storage around that, not the other way around.
This little pocket rocket sized laundry can be amazing if you take the time to consider your needs and carefully design the space…
Hung Out To Dry
Yes, laundry storage is important, but don’t be tempted to think you need to store everything in here.
Try to maintain it’s practicality by only keeping things in there that are used around the house. You don’t want to cram it full of things like camping or car stuff, and lose all functionality.
By including some of our ideas and tips, you’ll be well on your way to the perfect laundry sooner than you think.
Remember, try keep it practical, versatile and of course – gorgeous!
Are you in the middle of planning your laundry reno or build? Recently completed one? Always remember we’d love to see what you’re creating, so make sure you tag us in xo