7 ways to really love your laundry room

Laundry — love it or hate it, we all spend time separating, folding, ironing and scrubbing.

Although the laundry room is a space we use regularly, it’s often not given the same attention as other rooms in the home. Whether it’s a tiny space in a tucked away corner, a dedicated room or anything in between, there are plenty of simple ways to turn your laundry room into a space that’s functional, enjoyable and even Instagram-worthy.

From a total overhaul to a few simple DIYs, take a few tips from our suggestions below and turn your laundry room into a space you love.


1. Define the space with paint or wall decals

For an easy and affordable way to add interest and define your laundry room, consider using peel and stick wall decals or paint. Wall decals offer a no-commitment option for renters or homeowners looking to make a big impact on a small budget. Don’t be afraid to choose something fun or bold to help make your laundry room a space you won’t want to hide away.


2. Get organized with containers

Swapping out that orange bottle of Tide for a pretty and practical container is another budget-friendly way to transform your laundry room. Transferring laundry room must-haves like dryer sheets, laundry tabs and clothes pegs into stylish containers will instantly transform your laundry room into an organized and stylish space. You’ll find containers in a range of sizes at most dollar stores, department stores or discount home stores.


3. Add open storage shelves

If storage space is lacking in your laundry room, adding open shelving is an easy DIY project you can do in just a few hours. Not only are open shelves trendy, they’re more affordable and easier to install than traditional cabinets. In addition to shelves, brackets and hardware (check your local hardware store or IKEA), all you need is a drill, level and stud finder. When installed, you’ll have more space to display those new containers hiding your laundry soap and other trinkets.


4. Raise your washer and dryer

If you have a side-by-side front loading washer and dryer, you’re probably getting tired of bending over to load and unload. To add storage space and save your back, consider adding a laundry pedestal or riser to raise your washer and dryer. Some manufacturers make pedestals fit for your specific washer (check big box hardware stores like Home Depot). For a more affordable option, there are plenty of DIY plans available to help you build a platform or riser on a budget.


5. Add a foldable or drop-down drying rack

If a chair, couch or railing has become your go-to drying rack, it’s time for a better solution. If you have enough wall space, a drop-down drying rack can add ample room to dry your delicates without taking up any storage space. If you’re lacking wall space, a foldable wire rack or clip-and-drip style hanger can be easily tucked away when not in use.


6. Add a folding station

Make the most tedious laundry task a little more enjoyable by adding a folding station to your laundry room. While front loading side-by-side machines already have a flat surface for folding, adding a counter top like a butcher block or kitchen-style counter will quickly transform the look of your laundry room.

If you have stacked or top-loading machines, consider adding a folding space that doubles as extra storage. For example, a counter-height dresser or repurposed baby change table provides space for folding and storage for other laundry items. Keep family member’s clothes organized by adding baskets for each person to your folding station.


7. Consider smart appliances

Always forgetting to move your clothes from the washer to the dryer? If new appliances are part of your laundry room makeover, consider investing in a smart washer and dryer. Smart laundry machines can remind you when it’s time to switch a load of laundry and let you know when your washer or dryer needs maintenance. Plus, some smart laundry machines can be integrated into your connected home to help track energy usage and save on costs.

There’s no reason the often neglected laundry room can’t become a calm, organized and Instagram-worthy room. With a couple DIY projects and simple organizational tips, you can transform your laundry room into a space you’ll love, even if you still hate folding.

— Realtor.ca