9 Tips for Functional & Fabulous Laundry Room Cabinets

The laundry room is for more than just cleaning clothes. It’s a multi-purpose utility room and no laundry room is complete without some storage and organization, aka, cabinets.

Cabinets transform a laundry room into a pivotal space that your household revolves around. Store anything from paper towels to pet food and craft supplies to scissors in your cabinets for the laundry room. The laundry room could be your new command center.

These 9 tips will help you make the most of your laundry room cabinets.

Long, light-filled laundry room with light wood look cabinets.

1. Balance Functionality

Your laundry room is part storage and part work space. Creating a balance between the two will make your space the ultimate in functionality.

Start by thinking about all the tasks you’ll need to complete in the laundry room: sorting, folding, treating stains, storing detergents, ironing, etc. Inventory the ideal types of spaces needed for each of these. For instance, a large countertop for folding, a sink for treating stains, and separate receptacles for sorting dirty laundry.

You might want a mix of wall and base cabinets, open shelving, countertops, hanging areas, baskets, etc. to get the right balance of storage and workspace.

2. Create Dedicated Spaces

There are specific tasks you do in the laundry room. There should be a place for all of them.

If you do a lot of ironing, you should consider making an ironing station with a board that can be stowed away or taken out easily. The ideal is a tall shallow cabinet with an ironing board mounted to it so you can simply swing the board out and go for it.

Include a shelf to store your iron, starch, spray bottle, and all the other implements of a well-ironed piece of clothing.

If you find that you often skip the dryer and hang items to dry, you might also find a rod an important dedicated space. Here you can hang shirts on hangers to dry instead of employing all the door knobs in and around the laundry room.

If you do minor clothing repairs yourself, you might make a dedicated spot for your sewing machine and other necessities in the laundry room. What better place to do clothing repairs than where you usually discover that your favorite shirt is missing a button?

3. Get Rid of Dead Space

Laundry rooms tend to be snug. That said, you’ll want to maximize your space. You might not have the luxury of leaving space between the wall cabinets and base cabinets (with a backsplash in between) like you do in the kitchen.

You probably don’t want to leave unused space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Take cabinets all the way to the ceiling to get more storage space. Get rid of the countertop between upper and lower cabinets to increase cabinet storage.

Make sure every ounce of space is used wisely in the laundry room to max your storage and workspace.

4. Discover Pantry Cabinets

Speaking of using space wisely in the laundry room, it’s high time you discovered the pantry cabinet. This is a tall cabinet that goes from the floor to up over 90 inches.

They have adjustable shelves so you can store things like tubes of wrapping paper, the ironing board, or brooms and mops behind closed doors. They are a must for the laundry room.

The tall slender shape of these cabinets are ideal for small laundry rooms. You can squeeze them in where other cabinets wouldn’t go plus you can make use of space at and above eye level.

Small laundry room with kitchen cabinets on the wall above the washing machine.
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5. Use Kitchen Cabinets in the Laundry Room

Now is a good time to pause and address a question about the type of cabinets you can use in the laundry room. You can use any cabinets in the laundry room whether they are made for the kitchen or the bathroom.

The laundry, kitchen, and bathroom share a lot of the same requirements so you can easily interchange them in different rooms. A bathroom vanity might be just the thing for a laundry room sink. A kitchen wall cabinet may have the perfect size or style to suit the laundry room.

6. Hide the Hampers

Hampers are a necessary evil of the laundry room. But there are ways you can hide them to make the laundry room more perpetually presentable.

Add sliding cabinets to your laundry room to hide the hampers but still maintain functionality. These pull out like drawers but look like hinged cabinets. Use glideware to achieve smooth movement.

7. Add a Sink

Though you can have a laundry room without a sink, they are an indispensable feature you should fight for. You already have plumbing in the room so it isn’t a stretch to add a sink to the mix.

A sink will help you with stain removal and pre-treating items. You can use it to hand wash ultra delicate pieces or wash out mud. A sink in the laundry room can double as a pet cleaning station as well.

8. Have Some Fun

Design-wise, you can really have some fun in the laundry room. Since the laundry room stands alone, you can indulge your favorite, bolder design choices. Go for lots of color, an unusual pattern, or quirky décor. If you can make laundry duty a little more bearable with a design that brings you joy, we say go for it.

Cabinets for the laundry room can make this space the ultimate in functionality and design. Select the perfect assortment of cabinets for your laundry room today.

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