A well-appointed laundry room turns a tedious chore into a marginally satisfying, even enjoyable, task. Here are 10 of our favorites—genius space-saving ideas included.
Above: Melissa Coleman, aka the Faux Martha, designed her organized Ikea laundry room around her Steele Canvas bins, which were her “anchor inspiration pieces,” she says. See Steal This Look: The Faux Martha’s DIY Laundry Room Makeover, Courtesy of Ikea for details. Photograph courtesy of the Faux Martha. Above: Set in a tiled back entry, this room serves as mudroom, laundry space, and potting station. The white laminate counter works as a place to fold clothes and pot plants. Plywood cabinets and wall-mounted shelves provide storage for supplies. See Laundry Room Solutions: Three Clean-Lined Designs from Down Under. Photograph by Wendy Fenwick, courtesy of Homestyle; design and styling by Juliette Wanty. Above: Studio McGee took advantage of this laundry room’s height by installing a drying rod and floating shelf, plus additional cubbies and cabinets for storage. See Before/After: A Luxe Laundry Room by an Instagram-Famous Design Duo, Plus How to Steal the Look. Photograph courtesy of Studio McGee. Above: A ceiling-mounted drying rack and Shaker peg rail conserve space in an appliance showroom in Australia; see Steal This Look: All-White Laundry Room in Melbourne. Photograph by Tatjana Plitt, courtesy of V-Zug. Above: A glam pendant light and stainless steel countertops add appeal to a petite laundry nook in Steal This Look: Modern Mill Valley Laundry Room. Above: The über-organized laundry room: A Sheila Maiddrying rack, suspended from the ceiling, frees up floor space and a canvas basket corrals supplies. See Rehab Diary: Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen Air Their Dirty Laundry. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista. Above: In a colorful Brooklyn brownstone, three rolling carts—for darks, lights, and colors—tuck conveniently under the counter. See The Architect Is In: A Brooklyn Brownstone Transformed, with Respect. Photograph by Samuel Morgan Photography. Above: In a bright Bath laundry, wall-mounted organizers keep clothes brushes and cleaning essentials at the ready. For more, see Steal This Look: A Well-Equipped Laundry Room in Somerset. Photograph courtesy of Light Locations. Above: The hidden laundry: In Christine’s London flat, white floor-to-ceiling cabinets conceal the washer and dryer. When the doors are opened, the space becomes a full-scale laundry room. See Rehab Diary: Finding Storage in Unexpected Places. Photograph by Kristin Perers. Above: In a high-end home where every detail is considered, what makes this laundry room truly stand out is the perfect, minimalist laundry line. But guess what? That laundry line is actually Ikea’s Dignitet Curtain Wire. See Design Sleuth: One of the Most Ingenious Ikea Hacks Ever. Photograph by Shannon McGrath, courtesy of Studio Four.
N.B. This post is an update; an earlier version ran on October 4, 2013.
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