Everyone does it; most people hate it; some homes leave little-to-no room for it: laundry. If space is at a premium in your home too, chances are your laundry room is cramped at best, inexistent at worst. This doesn’t mean it can’t work with you, though! There are plenty of nifty ways in which your laundry, no matter its size, can work with you rather than against you when tackling this tiresome chore (or maybe you enjoy doing laundry? It takes all sorts.) Read on for some savvy tips in making the best out of a small laundry!
While this one may seem like a bit of a no-brainer, it’s worth a mention. Where space is limited, one appliance which accomplishes the work of two is definitely a practical space-saving solution. Washer-dryers are known to be less efficient than their single-purpose cousins, however, so you just need to decide whether you’d like to prioritise space or performance.
Where space is a luxury, it’s vital that what space you do have performs as many functions as possible. Combining the mudroom, kitchen or bathroom with a laundry room is a simple solution that just requires some smart design. A laundry in the bedroom or study, on the other hand, might not be a match made in heaven due to noise, aesthetic and un-romantic vibes.
The key to making the most out of a small space is to use every surface available to you, especially the walls. Leave behind those visions of trendy artwork, and replace them with floating shelves, hanging baskets, hooks, wall organisers and whatever else you can get your hands on which will help you use your walls to your spatial advantage.
The above also applies to your ceilings, which are often an under-utilised resource in any home. A hanging dryer-rack and hooks on your ceiling can be a precious resource when it comes to making the most out of your space.
An over-the-door shoe basket is a great way to use the back of your door to your advantage. You can use this area for storage or hanging items or whatever you like; the only important thing is that you use it!
Frontloading washers, dryers or washer-dryers give you more flexibility when it comes to space usage. You can install them under existing countertops, or simply super-impose a shelf over the unit to maximise your work area. Some units come with pedestal drawers, which not only raise them up and make your appliance more comfortable to use but provide handy storage in a space that might otherwise be wasted.
If you’d like to separate the space or hide certain elements from view, but don’t have the room for a standard door, barn doors or curtains could be the perfect solution! They make an impactful aesthetic impression and take up little-to-no space in your small laundry.