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5 DIY Laundry Room Storage Ideas

5 DIY Laundry Room Storage Ideas

I know, I know. Your laundry room is dusty, dank, and dull. Dust bunnies spin beneath the ironing board, which is wedged between the wall and the dryer. If only you could hire a carpenter to build you the laundry room of your dreams. You saw photos of show house laundry rooms and you long for one, but there is just no money to spend on it. You’re giving up; glam and comfortable laundry rooms are just for the super rich, you think. Fear not, ladies and gents! Five DIY bloggers posted their CHEAP DIY laundry room makeovers on Hometalk.com, and I am sharing their brilliant ideas with you. The laundry room renovation ideas I am sharing are all storage solutions, because (at least in my mind) building effective storage into a laundry room is the foundation of the room’s design.

Install cabinets over the washer and dryer: DIY blogger Jennifer from Blissfully Ever After created this totally rocking example of laundry room cabinet storage. Jennifer updated prefabricated cabinets above her washer and dryer. The cabinet set includes two cabinets with doors and one open shelving space. She painted it bright white, and it totally brightened her laundry room, not to mention that it added mega storage space. The cost? $100!

Decorative ironing station: This idea is so smart that I want to smack myself for not thinking of it. I am jealous of the aesthetic sense of DIY blogger DeeDee of Clover House. DeeDee mounted a cabinet door on the wall of her laundry room, and hung her ironing board from decorative hooks that she affixed to the cabinet door. Sounds simple; looks like a million bucks. With a repurposed cabinet door, you could create this laundry room storage solution for next to nothing. DeeDee avoided having to hire a Dallas handyman to do the installation, as her sweetheart did it. You should have such good fortune, too.

Add butler’s pantry features: This laundry room renovation by blogger Design OCD blew my mind. For $150, she revamped her laundry room while turning it into not just a laundry room, but also a butler’s pantry. Do you die?! She installed simple open shelving and a long countertop atop even more shelving, which she covered with decorative fabric. It is simple, light, and I have never seen such a small space do so much.

DIY washer/dryer storage pedestals: If you are really pinched for space, do as Chris from Just a Girl Blog did. She expanded her storage space in a narrow laundry room by stationing her washer and dryer on top of pedestals with drawers. Wicked smart, dude. She says she saved $400 by building the pedestals herself. Cool.

Add open pantry shelving to a laundry room: Is the amount of open pantry shelving in Karen from The Quaint Cottage’s laundry room out of hand? No way! You can’t have too much storage space in a laundry room, and Karen has maximized every inch of wall space in a narrow little laundry room by building open pantry shelving all the way up one of the walls. Using reclaimed boards, she built a countertop above her washer and dryer, as well. Click over to check out her awesome DIY laundry room storage ideas.

Now it is your turn to do the talking. What other kinds of laundry room storage can you create?

Photo: Blissfully Ever After/Hometalk.com

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10:27AM PDT on May 1, 2013

awesome! we are all about space saving!!!

1:03PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

some great ideas....im actually working on our laundry room now, so this is great inspiration...my problem, is that our laundryroom is technically outside.

3:31AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Thanks for the great ideas

1:46AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you

5:19PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

i really needed this, our laundry room is in shambles and needs organization, thanks for the good read :)

3:14PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

I live in a trailer not much space at all, but some great ideas

3:58AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Our house opens into the laundry, how stupid is that! I am now inspired and have hope that it doesn't need to be a totally embarrassing and awkward situation anymore. I have already measured up the laundry and am planning the design. Thank you!

11:07PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

thanks

11:48AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

...good tips for making the most of ones space...thanks!

7:49AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Our "laundry room" is a closet-sized space just off the rec room hall that contains the washer, the dryer, and the hot water heater for the house. There is a shelf over the machines, however, which is where I keep the detergent, the Oxy-Clean, the Shout (very useful with outdoorsy kids and clothes that get VERY filthy during fire calls!), and the clothespins I use on the outside line on days when the weather permits (we also got a retractable clothesline for the rec room that I can employ on days that are too damp, too cold, or too full of stink bugs to use the outside line-YAY!). After spending two years in a house where the laundry room was an unheated shack tacked onto the back of a 200-year-old cabin that had definitely seen better days (okay, it was falling apart and there was no stopping it thanks to age, an apathetic landlord, and an undetected invasion of termites on top of the mice, squirrels, and birds we DID know about), even that is considered to be at the top of the mark!

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