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Nine creative solutions to make a small laundry room feel bigger

Transforming a small laundry room into a functional and stylish space can be a challenge. However, with the right design strategies, it’s entirely possible to create an area that’s both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Here are nine genius tricks top designers swear by to make the most of a tiny laundry room.

Innovative drying solutions

Functionality is extremely important in tight spaces, so space-saving drying racks are a must-have in a small laundry room. By choosing an expandable drying rack that folds against the wall or slides between cabinets, you can maximise your available area without sacrificing utility. 

Compact storage solutions

Opt for slim, compact storage solutions that fit seamlessly into small spaces. Rolling carts, slim cabinets, and narrow shelving units can provide additional storage without overwhelming the room. Practical features such as a permanent hanging clothes rod can also enhance the functionality of the space while maintaining a clean and uncluttered look.

Swap swing-out doors

Replace traditional swing-out doors with sliding doors or curtains to save space. This allows for easier access to the laundry area and eliminates the need for clearance space required by swinging doors.

Utilise vertical space

When floor space is limited, the only way is up. Install shelves or cabinets above your washer and dryer to store laundry essentials such as detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. Hanging racks or hooks on the walls can be used for air-drying clothes or hanging cleaning supplies.

Alternatively, consider investing in a stackable washer and dryer unit. These space-saving appliances stack vertically, freeing up valuable floor space for other storage or utility needs.

Don’t be afraid of bold patterns

Once the functionality of the room has been sorted, there are some design tricks you can use to make the space feel bigger. Abstract patterns can visually enlarge a small room and add a dynamic touch. Try using geometric tiles to create an engaging backdrop. Using light and airy finishes with textural elements will make the room feel open and fresh by creating depth and interest.

Consider some open storage

To prevent the space from feeling cramped, consider leaving some storage areas open. For instance, an open cabinet bay with patterned laundry hampers can break up a continuous run of cabinetry and add a playful element to the room.

Rethink the colour palette

The colour a room is painted can affect your mood. A neutral colour scheme can make a small laundry room feel more spacious and serene. Using calming greys and whites can bring a sense of peace to a space that’s dedicated to housework. Accent the neutrals with black hardware for contrast.

Contrary to popular belief, dark colours can also work wonders in a small space. Rich, nature-inspired hues such as plum can add a luxurious feel to a tiny laundry room. Paired with warm wood countertops and slate tile, dark cabinetry can contribute to a cosy and inviting atmosphere that complements the character of your home.

Find multi-functional furniture 

Choose furniture pieces that serve dual purposes, such as a laundry hamper that also functions as a bench or a storage ottoman. This maximises functionality while minimising clutter. 

Try textured flooring

Flooring can play a significant role in the perception of space, with certain textures making the room feel more expansive. For example, using a checkerboard flooring pattern will add dimension to a small room, while adding wall art will ground the space, making it feel more intimate. 

By implementing some of these design tricks, you can transform your small laundry room into a place where chores become a pleasure rather than a task. Remember, it’s not just about making the space work; it’s about creating an environment that reflects your style and meets your needs. With thoughtful planning and creative solutions, even the smallest laundry room can become a functional space in your home.

Do you have a small laundry room at home? How do you make it work for you? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.

Also read: Nine bathroom renovation mistakes to avoid

Ellie Baxter
Ellie Baxter
Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.
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