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Laundry Design & Storage: Solutions for Cramped Laundries

The laundry is one of those dreaded tasks around the home; trying to get it all done in a cramped, disorganised laundry design only makes it worse! Here’s how to UN-cramp that laundry and make it work best for you!

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Laundry Design & Storage Ideas

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  • Wall Space & Hooks: Keep your brooms, mops and dustpans neatly arranged and off the floor using wall hooks or over-the-door hook sets, keeping your laundry clutter-free and tidy. If you have the space, consider including wall shelves for added storage; a wall shelf fitted with a towel rail underneath would be perfect for over your trough, providing space to drip dry clothing or your wash cloths.
  • A wonderfully organised small laundry – Wall shelves help make the most of the storage space available. Image: Pinterest
  • Laundry Hampers & Bins: Dedicate space for a laundry hamper and a small bin in your laundry – seems like a no-brainer but it’s always good to have a little reminder!
  • Ironing: If space allows, a vertical opening in your tall laundry cupboard is the perfect solution for storing your ironing board. If you simply don’t have the space for it, there ARE alternatives to even OWNING a traditional ironing board – Robinhood wall mounted ironing centres are fabulous for small laundries (check them out here) or even a simple ironing mat will also do the trick!
  • A quality ironing mat can be placed on any flat surface of your home, turning it into an instant ironing board and best of all – no bulky storage necessary!

    A wall mounted ironing centre is a fantastic solution for a laundry design that is low on storage. Find out more about Robinhood’s selection of products on their website.

    Laundry Counter Space

    You won’t realise just how much you need that counterspace in the laundry until you don’t have it! If you are in the midst of planning a laundry renovation, don’t neglect your counterspace, thinking “Oh, I really don’t need a counter at all in the laundry” – you WILL miss it! Now, it’s not a kitchen; you don’t need a never-ending benchtop. Just enough to be able to plonk down your laundry basket, maybe do some ironing or folding clothes, or even to use small appliances such as breadmakers and slowcookers.

    If you are unable to add benchspace to your laundry, a large chopping board placed over your trough is the next best thing in a pinch!

    A little bit of bench space can go a long way in a small laundry! Image: Pinterest

    Laundry Design: Lighting Ideas

    Poor lighting can often create a gloomy and cluttered appearance in a small laundry. If you do have a window in the laundry, opt for clear glass rather than opaque to allow more natural light through. Ensure your artificial lighting is also adequate to illuminate the space effectively. If you are able to invest some extra cash into your laundry, you may also consider enlarging an existing window or adding another one, adding a small skylight or including a door with a glass insert, allowing you to “borrow” light from a connecting space.

    Keep it light and bright in a small laundry to keep the room from feeling gloomy and cramped. Image Source

    Laundry Colour Scheme

    Another great way to help ease a cramped laundry is to work on your overall colour scheme. As we know, darker schemes will make the space feel gloomy and small whereas a lighter scheme will enhance the space, making it feel a lot more open. A lighter benchtop, cabinetry and wall colour will help lift the space, as will including reflective finishes in your scheme. You may want to consider a glass, acrylic or polished tile splashback to help bounce light around the room. Including polished and reflective accessories in your laundry will also assist in lightening up the space (and help stick to your budget too!).

    Bold black features in the floor tiles, trough and tapware create a dramatic touch in this light filled laundry design. Image Source

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