Small Laundry Room Ideas: 5 Space-Saving Tips


Is your laundry room tiny? We are here to help you organize and maximize your space with these 5 small laundry room tips.

Whether you are living in a tiny apartment, or your laundry room isn’t as massive as you had imagined it would be, the struggle of a small laundry room can be felt the first time you walk in. If you live in an apartment, your laundry room may even be more like a laundry closet than an actual room.

Regardless of how you ended up with your small laundry room, we are here to help you maximize your space and make the most of your small room. Laundry room organization is achievable with these 5 space-maximizing ideas.

5 ways to maximize space in a small laundry room

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Small Laundry Room Ideas

Let’s look at some ways to maximize the space you have for your laundry room. These ideas will work even if you have a space as small as a closet for your washer and dryer. 

1. Use the walls for storage

One of the most successful parts of a small laundry room is your ability to use the available space you have on hand. This may mean replacing the amazing artwork for a place to store your supplies.

Hanging bins on the walls, or even a rack, to store your detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener, and other supplies can help you utilize the wall space, and save the shelves for bulkier items.

What to Hang on the Walls in A Small Laundry Room

Here are some ideas of what you can hang on the walls, even if you don’t have much space: 

Small laundry room tricks for apartments and houses

2. Hang your drying rack from the ceiling

Instead of using your shelving area for hanging clothes or trying to find a place to put a clothesline, turn your ceiling into a drying rack.

Your laundry room ceiling is the perfect place to create a ladder-like drying rack that you can hang from the ceiling and allow those garments to hang without getting in the way.

Here’s a space-saving tip: hang up an old ladder from the ceiling for hanging up clothes or drying delicates. It might take up less space than a drying rack. 

3. Add shelves

One of the main reasons many laundry rooms seem small is inadequate storage options. If you need to, use some of the wall space available to add additional shelving.

Use any unused corners to add shelving and keep lighter items and even decor on these shelves. Adding shelving can also help you maximize the vertical space in your laundry room and allow you to save the area above your washer and dryer for items that need to be hung.

Don’t just think of wall shelves, either. Consider putting your washer and dryer on a pedestal and putting drawers underneath. 

Small laundry room organization hacks to maximize space

4. Use baskets and storage containers

If shelf space is limited, consider corralling your items into storage containers and baskets to help keep things organized. This is also a great way to store bulkier items such as your iron, drying racks, and any other items that don’t need to be kept out all the time.

If your bins aren’t at eye level, remember to add labels to the bins to make sure you know what’s in each bin.

What to Store in Laundry Room Baskets

When you don’t have a lot of space to spare, keep in mind that it’s important to only store what you need in the laundry area. Here are some ideas of what you can keep in the baskets in the laundry room: 

Practical small laundry room storage ideas

5. Don’t forget about your doors!

If your laundry room or area has doors, don’t forget to use them to your advantage. Use over the door hooks, hanging organizers and wire racks can be used for additional storage that is kept out of sight when you don’t need it. If your laundry room does not have doors, consider adding a curtain or a room divider to separate your laundry room, and hang additional storage systems.

Angela, from Blue i Style, has a really small laundry closet. She installed shelves to her doors and that is where she stores her detergents and small containers. 

What to Store on Laundry Room Door

You can store almost everything you need on your laundry room door, if you use the best hanging organizer. Here are some ideas:

  • Laundry detergent packs – If you have kids, keeping them this accessible isn’t a good idea. But if you don’t have small children, you can store your detergent packs in a hanging organizer. 
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Lint Roller
  • Resealable bag for loose change and small items
  • Trash bag for dryer lint

Whether you’re looking for more storage or just a way to organize your small laundry room, these five ideas will transform your tiny space into a well organized and functioning laundry room once again.

5 ways to make the most of a small laundry room

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  1. Do you have any suggestions for a laundry room closet? It is a set of double doors that you pass that would be part of the kitchen. There is currently a wire rack shelf that I hate and can barely reach. There is no room between the washer and dryer or the doors will not open so no storage there. I would like to make it more functional and user friendly. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Juli!

      My name is Lisa and I am part of the Customer Care team here at Clutter Keeper. I am SO happy I have stumbled upon your question today, because in my old place, I had the exact same laundry room closet that you describe. I am still living in a small space now, so these kinds of organization questions are definitely up my alley!

      For a laundry room closet, I understand the struggle in having a wire rack so high up (and I am only 5’2″, so the struggle was real in our last place). Recently, I have seen people building “faux tables” (so a plank of wood – almost like a floating shelf), right above their washer and dryer. The table would sit just above the washing machine and dryer and go from wall-to-wall. This makes a great place for storage and also, doubles as a table to fold clothes. I also like to make use of the side walls in the closet with either smaller floating shelves or hooks (you can hang bags that are filled with different laundry necessities).

      If you’d like more information on Laundry Room Organization, I also invite you to check out this blog post:

      Happy organizing!
      Lisa, Customer Care Clutter Keeper

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