Ideas For Upgrading A Small Laundry Room: Realistic Design Choices For 2019

Here's some realistic ideas to inspire you while you renovate your small laundry room space.

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The Hausera Editorial Team

Your laundry room might not be a space that you spend a lot of time in, but it’s one that should be as streamlined and organized as possible to ensure maximum efficiency in your home. You might assume that, given its size, there’s nothing much you can do to maximize your space, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Limitations breed creativity, and here are some of our favorite ways to make your laundry room work better for you.

First, let’s talk about what a typical laundry room looks like. Some estimates suggest that the average size of a U.S. laundry room is about the same size as a closet, meaning there’s not too much wiggle room after you factor in the appliances you need, as well as space to organize and clean clothes.

Small Laundry Room Design Ideas

Here are some ways to improve the appearance of your space while also making it more efficient for you and your family.


Typically, a laundry room will have tiled or wood floors. Because it’s a room that nobody really goes in other than the homeowner, it’s typical to see outdated, preexisting flooring staying there for a long time. But swapping the flooring for a nicer material is an amazing way to make the room look instantly better, especially given that, due to the smaller dimensions, doing so will be significantly cheaper than, say, replacing the wood in your living room. Do keep in mind, however, that your laundry room floors need to sustain the weight of a washer and dryer, and will probably have more moisture on them than not. The materials you’d use for your bathroom are probably best.

Utility Sink

Aside from the obvious appliances, another great addition is a utility sink. These extra-large basins give you space to rinse clothes, clean shoes, and otherwise take care of dirty work that you’d prefer to keep away from a sink that’s not large enough to accommodate, such as the bathroom, or that’s near food or other things you consume, such as the kitchen.

Here are some of our favorite utility sinks for small laundry room spaces:

Kohler Gilford 30" Vitreous China Wall Mount Laundry Sink 

This is one of Kohler's classic-looking laundry sink, a perfect addition to any laundry room. If your laundry room doubles as a bathroom, it can match the design and layout of the space. The white enamel finish is stain-resistant and easy-to-clean. This wall-mounted sink is made of a material that is durable, stable, and reliable. 

Kohler Brockway 36" Wall Mount Laundry Sink 

If you're searching for a simple sink to put into your farmhouse mudroom, this is the sink for you. It's both sleek, with its white acid-resistant enamel finish, and modern, with the matte black bottom. The coolest part of this wall mount sink from Kohler is the two sets of holes: one for a faucet and one for a soap dispenser. 

Kohler River Falls 22" Top Mount Kitchen Sink

Maybe you don't love the look of a wall mount or a vessel sink, and that's okay because this drop-in sink from Kohler is just as great. It's simple, sleek, and offered in various finishes--including black, biscuit, almond, and white--so it can match the rest of the laundry room design and color scheme. 

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Ironing Boards

For many, laundry rooms are multi-functional, instead of just being a room to throw your clothes and transfer them from the washer to the dryer, consider installing an ironing board on the wall to maximize space and consolidate your clothing care into one room.

Storage and Cabinetry 

The laundry room needs to have more storage function than you'd think. For example, you'll want to keep your detergents, bleaches, and fabric softeners in a safe space, and you'll have to separate your dirty clothes and keep them organized so that you aren't just walking over a big pile of unsorted items all day. 

To do this, you can get creative. Some people install pull-out shelves behind their washer and dryer or above it. You can also get a washer and dryer that stack on one another, and install shelves and a multi-option laundry rack that allows you to sort clothes into whites, darks, and delicates. 

Related: 10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Tiny Laundry Room

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Hooks and Racks

You'll probably need hooks and other places to store and hang clothes that either need to be air-dried, were just freshly ironed or steamed, or need to be off the floor until you can tend to them. In this case, you can get creative with your use of closet organization features. Consider hanging "drying rack" panels that can extend outwards from the wall, or perhaps a rack or hooks on which you can keep your items organized. 

Washer & Dryer

Of course, lastly, think about what you want in terms of a washer and dryer combination. Some people prefer to air-dry their clothes, especially if they live in a warmer climate, so you can focus on getting a higher-end washing machine in that case. If space is your issue, consider a lateral washing and drying unit, or perhaps even a state-of-the-art washer and dryer combo machine. Of course, the lattermost appliances will cost you the most, but it's going to be about what works best for your space and your needs.

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Easy Upgrades

If you aren't in a place to do a full laundry room overhaul--or if it's simply not in the budget or a high-priority list in your home renovation--you can still make quick changes and upgrades to improve your space. Consider the following: 

Add Shelving

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Shelves are a relatively inexpensive but great way to improve your space utilization. You can use these for storing cleaning supplies, extra linens, or anything else that you need to be off the floor. 

Move Your Laundry To A Bathroom

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It might not sound that appealing initially, but it can be very beautiful and makes a lot of sense. You'd be able to place your clothes straight in the washer without having having to tote dirty clothes from the hamper to the laundry room and back again. It certainly streamlines the process and can open up space for your laundry room to become something else. 

Add Organizational Units To Your Preexisting Features

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If you already have your laundry room set up fairly well, consider adding more organizational features to the cabinets or shelving that already exist. Install some shelves or baskets into the cabinet to organize cleaning supplies that make a world of difference so that you're not left sifting through clutter and getting frustrated every time you need a detergent pod. 

Vertically Stored Folding Table For Ironing

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Alternatively, consider investing in a steamer, which will be easier on your clothes, and end the need for a board altogether. Pro tip: Add some essential oil to the water before you steam; your clothes will be perfectly unwrinkled and smell lovely. 

The Small Laundry Room Makeover

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Ultimately, there's no wrong way to style a small laundry space; it's all about what works best for you. If you don't know where to start, figure out what you do most commonly in your laundry room and what kind of experience you'd like to have there. If you can imagine yourself walking into a perfectly organized room and being able to peacefully turn over laundry without getting stressed or overwhelmed, that's what you need to work on building. Whatever makes you feel more at ease in your home is what's right.