Home Decor

More than a Laundry Room: Smart Upgrades to Maximize Space

laundry roomYour laundry room is probably a pretty straightforward place, and let’s face it, probably a bit boring too. If you’re short on space throughout the rest of the home, there are ways to maximize space and give your existing laundry room a makeover so it pulls double duty. Here’s what you can do to upgrade your laundry room, from adding storage space to creating a craft corner.

 Next Stop: Folding Station!

Laundry rooms are typically short on space, but you can maximize what you have with a few smart additions. Rather than stuff clean, dry clothes in a basket and haul it upstairs to fold and put away, you could add a folding station right in the laundry room to cut out this hassle. Using 2x4s, construct a simple counter-height table over your front-loading washer and dryer units, extending it beyond the units as far as you can. You can then create under-counter storage for towels, detergent, and fabric softener, hiding it all with a fabric skirt, recommends Better Homes and Gardens.

Upcycle for Storage

Got an old entertainment center you’re not using? With the advent of flat screen TVs and wireless everything, you probably don’t need a big, bulky entertainment center like you used to. Re-purpose it with a new coat of paint and rearrange the shelves at different heights to create a compact laundry center. Here, you can store anything from laundry baskets to a lazy Susan stocked with detergent, fabric softener, stain removal sprays and bleach. You can even add a curtain rod to hang freshly ironed shirts, or a docking station for your smart phone.

Brighten the Space

If your laundry room is in the basement or within a small room with no windows, it’s time to brighten it up with a can of paint. Choose something sunny, like bright yellow, and get creative. Instead of painting the entire wall, paint halfway up with a scalloped edged to mimic a quaint fence.

Get Crafty

If you want your laundry room to double as a craft room, hang an over-the-door organizer for extra storage for things like tape, ribbon, gift bags and tissue paper. Re-purpose an old bedside table and use each drawer for displaying your fabric by color, as shown by HGTV. In other drawers, use empty egg cartons and tiered makeup holders for storing small items like buttons, tacks and brads. Hang a pegboard on one wall to hold your crafting supplies, such as scissors and ribbon.

Judd Builders is your top resource for getting creative with rooms in your home. We can help you transform your existing spaces into new ones that fit your life. Give us a call today to get more information!