Find tips on how to make the most of your laundry area and maximize storage.
By Jacquelyn McGilvrayMore in Decorating
Turn a closet into a laundry area for a stackable washer and dryer. You'll probably have to call in a plumber and an electrician to run the required utilities, but it may be worth the price with the space you'll save. If you're lucky, you have a little extra room on the sides of the appliances for wall shelves or a narrow storage bin.
For extra storage, consider building recessed shelves into a wall. You may only be able to go a few inches deep, but it may be adequate enough to hold towels, detergents and laundry supplies.
To conserve space, attach the ironing board to the back of the door so it flips down when in use then back up when you're finished. Or install a cabinet-mounted ironing board that swivels out and folds up out of sight.
If you have cabinets or shelves above your washer and dryer, suspend a rod on the underside to hang clothes for drying or until you are ready to put them away. Clothing racks can serve the same purpose and some are even mounted on wheels which will allow you to roll them from room to room for putting away clothes effortlessly.
If your laundry room is in an out-of-the-way place like the basement or a closet, experiment with the decor. It's your chance to go wild and crazy and use lots of fun colors or a bold theme.