7 Smart Laundry Room Features Every Home Should Have

How long has it been since your laundry room had any sort of meaningful update to its appearance? And replacing a washer and dryer don’t count!

There’s a good chance it’s been quite some time. But why is that? Laundry rooms are used at least once a week by nearly all families and oftentimes much more than that.

For a room that’s used so frequently, the laundry room has traditionally been considerably overlooked in terms of attention to its appearance and functionality.

If it’s been more than 10-15 years since your last laundry room (or mudroom) remodel, it’s time to modernize it. And if your laundry room has never even been properly finished, there’s even more reason to give it some much-needed attention.

Use these seven smart laundry room ideas to transform this underappreciated space in your home.

1. Custom cabinetry

Maximizing storage space in your laundry room without sacrificing aesthetic standards calls for high quality custom cabinetry. Organized Interiors specializes in finely crafted custom cabinetry that’s manufactured in-house, to the exact specifications your home requires.

Keep your laundry supplies and other belongings stored out-of-sight and organized in our beautiful laundry room cabinetry systems. Open shelving storage solutions are also available for items you want even more easily accessible.

Customize your cabinetry with a wide variety of options for decorative hardware, configurations, accessories, and wood finishes.

laundry room ideas cabinetry

2. Adequate counter space

Laundry tasking generally becomes a little easier with an adequate amount of counter space at your disposal. Whether it’s having a surface to set down the laundry supplies you’re using or for sorting and folding clothes right out of the dryer, extra counter space can come in very handy.

Our design experts can work with you to include countertops within your laundry room’s custom cabinetry design.

Decorated laundry room

3. Convenient, space-saving pull-outs and accessories

Good laundry room ideas should make your laundry experience more efficient and helpful. You’ll enjoy the practicality and space-saving benefits provided by pull-outs and other laundry room accessories.

Pull-out racks and drawers in a laundry room save space and have many uses. You can use them to make supplies easier to find. A pull-out drying rack, for example, provides an extra storage option for drying clothes, as do adjustable valet rods and hanging rods.

Pull-out ironing boards conveniently only take up laundry room space when they’re needed.

Deep drawers can hold spray bottles and other cleaning supplies

Deep drawers can hold spray bottles and other cleaning supplies that take up more vertical space.

4. Built-in laundry hampers

One of the smarter laundry room ideas to consider is built-in laundry hampers. These hampers are incorporated into your custom cabinetry to maximize space and keep dirty clothes organized.

Add extra hampers to make sorting easier. You can also add built-in laundry hampers to your bedroom. The removable hamper insert features handles for easily transporting your dirty clothes to the laundry room.

laundry room ideas hampers

5. Good lighting

Improving the lighting in your laundry room doesn’t cost much and can make a world of difference.

Laundry rooms commonly lack decent lighting, which can make a joyless task like doing laundry feel even more arduous. Basement laundry rooms lacking much natural light are particularly uninviting.

Change the atmosphere by adding ambient or accent lighting. Task and under-cabinet lighting in more frequently used areas of the laundry room also make work easier and improve the atmosphere.

6. Modern laundry room flooring

If you’re updating your laundry room’s decor, you can’t ignore the flooring. Since laundry room floors are prone to moisture, ceramic tile or vinyl flooring are good options.

You may also want to consider using interlocking PVC floor tiles from Garage Living. They’re easy to install, durable, and are available in a number of colour combinations to fit your room’s decor.

7. A nice laundry sink

You could add an inexpensive white plastic laundry tub to your laundry room, but think a little bigger if your budget allows. A deep stainless steel sink complemented with a stylish faucet looks much nicer!

Give your laundry room’s look a thorough refreshing by addressing the areas in which its lacking.

Schedule your free in-home consultation to discuss these laundry room ideas and more with one of our design experts.

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Organized Interiors Laundry Room Featured on the Marilyn Denis Show

Interior designer Jane Lockhart explained the benefits of a custom-fit laundry room from Organized Interiors on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Custom cabinetry from Organized Interiors can make your laundry room a place you actually want to spend time in. Our unique cabinetry can be customized to your needs and maximize your storage space.

Clever features like built-in laundry hamper and pull out drying racks keep everything organized and tidy. Deep drawers and closet space can be configured to the way you like to work and save you time.

Below are some of the show highlights.

Built-in laundry hamper

Marilyn loved the built-in laundry hamper.

Pull out drying rack

A pull out drying rack is a great use of space.

Deep drawers can hold spray bottles and other cleaning supplies

Deep drawers can hold spray bottles and other cleaning supplies that take up more vertical space.

Under sink storage

Under sink storage can contain shelves and drawers that are tailored to your needs.

Laundry room closet space with storage for brooms, vacuums, and cleaning supplies.

Closet space for a broom, vacuum, and mop. A pull out rack can be installed at eye level, making it easier to find cleaning products.

Premium wooden hangers from Organized Interiors

Everyone in the studio audience was given a box of premium wooden hangers from Organized Interiors.

Visit our laundry room page to learn more about the unique custom cabinetry options that can save you time and make your laundry room a place you’ll want to spend time.

The Marilyn Denis Show airs live weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV GO.

Laundry Room Upgrades for a More Functional and Enjoyable Space

The laundry room may well be the one room in your home you enjoy visiting least.

Like it or not, however, doing the laundry is an essential part of maintaining a clean and functional household.

According to General Electric, the average American family does 8-10 loads of laundry every week.

The average laundry cycle is 87 minutes, from the time your clothes go in the washer to when they come out of the dryer. That works out to somewhere between 600-750 hours per year most families spend doing laundry.

Yes, we’ll spend a good deal of that time multitasking while the washing machine and dryer are running. Regardless, that’s still a lot of time we spend in the laundry room every week.

Using these laundry room ideas to upgrade your space, you can make your time spent doing one of the home’s most time-consuming tasks more enjoyable.

modern laundry room

Create a comfortable and functional laundry space

Laundry rooms don’t have to be drab environments that lack charm. With the right design ideas, a renovated laundry room can become a comfortable and attractive space that’s also highly functional.

This will ease the aggravation you undoubtedly feel each week carrying out your laundry duties.

Consider centralizing your laundry room’s location

The current location of your laundry room isn’t necessarily where your renovated laundry room also has to reside.

The default basement location for laundry rooms is a thing of the past. More and more homeowners choose to have them on the main and upper floors of their residence.

Three main factors will determine whether or not a laundry room can be centralized in your home:

  • available space
  • whether or not your plumbing and ventilation can accommodate a laundry room relocation
  • noise levels of your washing machine and dryer if they’ll be located close to sleeping and living areas (appliances are sold with added suspension and extra insulation features to reduce noise)

A centralized laundry room location helps facilitate a more efficient workflow. It’s easier to access and closer to the bedrooms where most of your dirty clothes are coming from. That saves you time in the long run.

Improving the lighting improves the atmosphere

Good lighting plays an important role when it comes to improving your laundry room’s atmosphere. Who wants to spend any more time than they have to in a dreary, dimly lit room?

Accent or ambient lighting on your ceiling can make a world of difference. Under-cabinet lighting and task lighting can also really transform your room’s appearance.

Laundry room must-haves

Obvious laundry room essentials include a sink and a durable flat surface for sorting, ironing, and folding clothes. Think about adding any of these helpful features:

  • built-in laundry hampers with removable bags take up less space with their pull-out design and allows you to sort according to colour
  • pull-out ironing boards are another practical space-saver
  • hanging rods and adjustable valet rods allow you to air-dry clothes in your laundry room
  • pull-out drying racks are another option for hanging clothes that you don’t want to put in the dryer

laundry room drying rack and pull-out hamper

Stylize your laundry workspace

Make your laundry room more than a cold, impersonal workspace. A storage solution like custom laundry cabinetry can do wonders for modernizing your room’s look.

It can also keep unsightly laundry and cleaning supplies behind beautifully designed doors and properly organized. You can also add locks to keep your children safe from harmful chemicals.

Add personalized touches to your laundry room to encourage your presence. You can add plants, framed artwork and photos or other artistic wall hangings, a rug, curtains or blinds, wallpaper, and a device for playing music.

Why not a multi-purpose space?

If the size of your house allows it, a renovated laundry room can become an even more functional space.

Reap the benefits of a multi-purpose space by also turning your laundry room into an exercise room, crafting area, storage space, or mudroom.

A renovated laundry room with modern touches can go a long way towards making laundry duties less burdensome.

To create a laundry room whose door you’ll actually want to keep open and spend time in, set up a free in-home design consultation with us.

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Laundry Hampers: The Secret To Hiding Your Dirty Laundry

When family and friends come to visit, the last thing you want is for them to see your dirty laundry strewn about the house.

Not that this is a regular occurrence, but when it happens you never quite forget it.

You can quickly stuff clothes in a portable hamper or basket, of course, but bad odours may not help “hide” the evidence and candles and flowers can only help so much.

Fix your dirty laundry problems once and for all by investing in a customized solution that not only hides clothes but also conveniently helps keep them sorted.

Built-in laundry hampers

Built-in laundry hampers are designed to fit in with your stylish cabinetry, help organize your home and keep it smelling great.

You don’t need to have just one, consider the advantages of having three hampers built into your laundry room; one for whites, one for colours and one for darks. No more additional sorting.

Add a laundry hamper to your closet

Built-in hampers can also be integrated into walk-in closets or dressing rooms. With ready-to-go inserts with handles so you can simply pick up and load in.

Rather than throwing your jeans and blouse on the floor as you’re getting ready for bed, you’ll want to keep a clean room knowing a hamper (or three) is in easy throwing distance.

Multiple laundry hampers from Organized Interiors.

Customized storage solutions hide not only your dirty clothes, but the entire hamper as well.

To learn more about built-in laundry hampers and other smart laundry solutions, visit our laundry room page.

5 Must-Haves For Your Laundry Room

The laundry room is a highly functional space.

It’s where you wash, dry, fold, sort and iron clothes, among other things.

Designing a space that helps you perform these tasks as efficiently as possible is essential for those trying to streamline laundry tasks and make them more manageable.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of must-haves for the laundry room. These five additions are beneficial in any laundry room, large or small.

1. Hanging rod

A hanging rod allows you to dry individual clothes efficiently right in your laundry room. You can easily hang up clothes right from the washing machine, or hang freshly laundered shirts while folding the rest of the load.

2. Pullout drying rack

Like a hanging rod, a drying rack makes it easy for you to air-dry clothes without having to leave the room. No more having to drape wet sweaters and pants over furniture to dry. Lay out delicate clothing or sweaters for wrinkle-free drying.

Pull out drying rack for your laundry room.

3. Hidden laundry bins

Rather than keeping laundry bins in your room, install hampers in the laundry room. Tuck-away hampers allow you to sort dirty clothes by colour right away so that you don’t have to later. By having bins behind closed doors, you can prevent odours from stinking up your space.

4. Pullout ironing board

No more bending, wrestling and trying to maneuver around an oversized ironing board. The pullout feature means you can tuck away the ironing board when not in use and it’s handy to have right in the laundry room.

5. Clear containers

Clear jars and containers are great for storing cleaning supplies like laundry detergent. Clear containers tell you when you’re running low on product and make it easy for you to find what you’re looking for and add a designer touch to your laundry room.

Colourful laundry detergent container.

Laundry doesn’t have to feel like a chore. For more ideas on designing an efficient laundry room, schedule a free in-home design consultation with us.