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Laundry Room Photos
Large white laundry room with custom cabinetry and sink. White subway tile backsplash. Designed by chango & co.
Massive laundry and utility room with island, cabinetry and shelving. See this home (amazing).
Laundry Room Design Guide
A. Interesting Laundry Room Design Statistics
In 2017 I started collecting interior design statistics and data for every room of the house. We’ve been analyzing hundreds of thousands of room designs, including laundry rooms in order to come up with useful statistics. We’re slowly adding our findings to all of our photo galleries and other articles.
For laundry room design, we discovered the following, which I think you’ll find interesting.
1. Room location
While most people want a dedicated laundry room, not all houses have the space. To that end, we wanted to find out just how many laundry facilities in a home are in a dedicated laundry room space and which are in shared spaces. Here are our findings:
Dedicated laundry room: 54.6% of laundry rooms are in a dedicated space or room.
Multi-use room: This means the laundry facility is in a room with other purposes such as a mudroom, kitchen or bathroom. We found that 40.28% of laundry facilities are in multi-use rooms.
Closet laundry facilities: This, I think is the most interesting. While closet laundry room facilities are cool and great for saving space, only 5.12% of them are in closets.
2. Washer and Dryer Configuration
What’s more common? Side-by-side or stacked washer and dryers? We wanted to find out, so we crunched the numbers. Here’s what we found:
- Side-by-side: 81.16% of washer and dryer configurations are side-by-side.
- Stacked: 16.29% are stacked.
- Concealed: 2.55% are concealed
3. Most popular flooring for laundry rooms
While hardwood is the most popular flooring in many rooms, it’s not for laundry rooms (for good reason). The 2 most popular flooring options for laundry rooms are as follows:
- Ceramic tile: 29.86% of laundry rooms have ceramic tile flooring. This makes sense because ceramic tile handles water well and is easy to clean and keep clean.
- Porcelain tile: 24.95% of laundry rooms have porcelain tile flooring. Like ceramic tile, this makes sense for the same reasons.
- Hardwood is used in 18% of laundry rooms. It’s not the worst choice because hardwood these days can handle water and is easy to clean, but it’s more vulnerable to water damage than tile.
- Vinyl flooring is used in 4.78% of laundry rooms. Vinyl is very durable; it’s just not as nice as tile or hardwood. That said, we have vinyl flooring in our laundry room (which doubles as a mudroom) and we love it. You simply cannot damage it.
B. 16 Ways to Re-Think Laundry Room Design
Until recently, laundry rooms were an after-thought in home design. What a mistake. Can you believe that many homes actually intentionally were built with the laundry room in the basement while bedrooms were on the second floor. I grew up in such a house.
Unless you love climbing stairs for no reason at all, it’s ludicrous. They need to placed near bedrooms.
And then there’s utility – storage, counter space and incorporating all the laundry operations such as folding, ironing and getting out stains.
Every laundry room, if possible, should have a folding station, hamper station, storage for cleaners and an ironing board. Most don’t. I don’t get it.
Below are 16 brilliant laundry room ideas you should consider when planning and designing your laundry room. Where possible, we include a snazzy photo just to show you how great it can look.
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1. Know When to Fold ‘Em
I admit it. Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” is on my Spotify playlist. I love that song. Can you believe the writer of that song had a hard time finding a singer to take on the song (he shopped it around for two years).
Like the Gambler, you gotta know when (and where) to fold ’em and the answer is in your laundry room. Okay, I know not every house has space for a large laundry room. We all ain’t living in the Spelling Manor. But if you’re here, chances are you’re looking to redesign your laundry room and so I want to give you what I think are the best design ideas.
2. Relocate Close to Bedrooms
Your step tracker won’t give the love, but trudging back and forth between distant laundry room and bedrooms is totally unnecessary.
What’s the deal with laundry rooms buried in the far corners of the house? I don’t get it. Given how much laundry the average household does and the fact laundry is produced in the bedroom, it’s incomprehensible to me that laundry rooms aren’t built where the bedrooms are located (or at the very least on the same floor).
If you’re renovating your home, seriously consider putting your laundry room near your bedrooms.
3. Second Closet Laundry Room Near Bedrooms
Source: Zillow DigsTM
Let’s continue the discussion about laundry rooms near bedrooms. If you have an existing laundry room and don’t want to repurpose that space, consider a second laundry room in a closet new the bedrooms. Granted, this isn’t our best laundry room idea, but it’s an option to cut down on running around your home.
It’s costly to be sure given plumbing expenses and buying a new washer and dryer. But it just might be the best investment you make especially if your current laundry room is in the basement, garage or some far-off utility room in your home.
4. Side-By-Side Washer and Dryer (done right)
Suggesting that your washer and dryer be side-by-side isn’t exactly an earth shattering idea. As you’ll see from our awesome laundry room photo gallery above, most are side-by-side.
Here’s where the idea comes in. Actually it’s more of a laundry room design tip. I know how important this is because our laundry room screwed this up.
When you configure your washer and dryer side-by-side, you want it so the front loader doors swing to the outside away from the adjacent appliance. This way you don’t have the doors blocking easy transfer of clothing from the washer to the dryer.
Can you believe we got this wrong? It’s a real hassle.
5. Rack ‘Em
I like most of clothes air-dried. No matter what clothing labels say about pre-shrunk, I find every time I put my clothes in a dryer, they shrink. I have a pet peeve against short arm sleeves and pants.
Our laundry room does not have a drying rack, but it sure would be nice. When my clothes get dried, we have racks all over the place. While it’s not the end of the world (first world problems), it sure would be nice to have a drop-down drying rack in the laundry room.
My mother-in-law has one and it’s great. My mom had a drying room next to the laundry room (both of which were in the basement which wasn’t great, but at least the basement space permitted a large drying area with 7 lines strung across the space. My mom could dry several loads at once.
6. Counter Space a Luxury (But Go For It Anyway)
Laundry rooms are utility spaces, much like a kitchen. Any utility room needs surface area to do stuff… stain removal, folding, storage. You can never have too much available surface area in a laundry room.
7. Everything and the “Laundry Room” Sink
While our laundry room is certainly not ideal in many ways, it did get the sink issue right in that it has one. In fact, it’s a pretty big and deep sink which is great for all the grime and dirt that enters the place. We even put our kids in there to wash feet and legs after their frequent stints to our backyard mud pit.
8. Iron While You Wait (in the Laundry Room)
Don’t you hate it when you think the wash is done so you head there only to see there’s 5 minutes left. Should you wait or should you come back?
Well, why not add an ironing board into the space so you crank out a few crisply ironed shirts while you wait. Besides that, it just makes sense to consolidate all laundry operations into one space (washing, drying, folding and ironing).
9. Need Not Be a Cave – Get Some Windows
Ask any parent who does laundry if there are kids in the house and they’ll tell you they spend a lot of time in the laundry room. Probably more time than a formal living room and dining room. Yet, we invest all our fancy design dollars and efforts into some formal living and dining rooms and pay scant attention to the laundry room.
I think you should invest in an attractive laundry room. Any room that you want to look good needs to have a window. Human beings must have natural light. It’s important so why not ensure the laundry space can accommodate a big window.
10. Get Storage… Seriously Get Some Serious Storage
If you have a dedicated laundry room, it’s not hard to add a cabinet with surface area. You can even add some upper cabinets for more storage.
Storage in a laundry room helps big time. We have upper and lower cabinets and they’re fabulous for all the cleaners, paper towel and other items that come in handy in the laundry process.
11. Flooring: Practical Trumps Style
I’m not gonna say much here except when it comes to laundry room flooring, go for practical. Practical is durable and water resistant. The floor in a laundry room will take a beating; you need to get the right flooring material to handle that beating.
Vinyl is a great option. Moreover, vinyl can look great these days and you’ll never have to worry about it getting ruined (unless your 8 year old decides taking an axe to it would be fun).
12. But Can Still Look Great – Style It Up
Dedicated, spacious laundry room designed by: Closet Factory
Going practical doesn’t mean ugly. Check out many of the laundry rooms above; they’re beautiful. Incorporate your home’s interior design style into the space – whether modern, contemporary, traditional, cottage, rustic, Mediterranean, Midcentury, eclectic, shabby-chic… make it a design extension of your home.
13. Save Space or Go Big?
There’s no set size for a laundry room. The can be as small as a closet or as large as a full room. I think if given a choice, especially if you have kids in the house, a dedicated room is best. I don’t have to tell you just how much laundry you do with kids. It’s insane; a never-ending manufacturing process of pumping out clean clothes.
Part of this process entails mounds and mounds of dirty clothes followed by baskets and baskets of clean clothes. You never get caught up, but it sure is nice to have the space to manage it all.
You no sooner get through all the clothing and then realize it’s time to wash the sheets and towels. Another two massive piles of clothes. When does it end? Never, or until you win the lottery and can hire it out.
Photos of different laundry room sizes:
Small Laundry Room Example (Closet)
Medium-Size Laundry Room Example
As a utility space, you need to see. Don’t go for mood or ambient lighting in the laundry room. Get it lit up nicely (not annoyingly bright though). You need to be able to read small-print clothing labels, cleaner labels, look for stains… all sorts of activities where good light is necessary.
15. Mount a TV
We put TVs everywhere these days. If your laundry room has an ironing station and/or folding station, somebody is gonna spend some serious time in there. Why not drop an extra $300 for a small smart TV so you can watch the news or continue your latest Netflix binge?
And no, sadly we don’t have a TV in our laundry room, but if we get around to renovating it, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d definitely want one in there.
Hamper Systems: Everything in its place and a place for everything
Above I mentioned mounds and piles of dirty laundry. I think this is inevitable, but your don’t have all that much laundry, you can probably make do with a hamper system. Check these out:
16. Hamper System
Some people like built-in hamper systems. I don’t. We have many lightweight hampers that are transported to and from the laundry room. It works well. I think a dedicated hamper system is only good for households that don’t produce loads of laundry… although I can see the attractiveness of such a feature for running kitchen rags and other filthy items directly to the laundry room.
C. Laundry Room Locations in the House
Laundry rooms can be placed in a number of rooms in the house. While a dedicated laundry room is best, that’s not always feasible given space and/or budget constraints.
The dedicated laundry room near bedrooms is best. The bigger, the better. It’s a high utility room that’s used daily and so why not make it fabulous and user-friendly. Here’s an example of an amazing laundry room that’s only a laundry room.
For smaller homes, the closet laundry room is ideal. What’s often great about the closet type is that it’s usually very close to bedrooms. So while it’s not large, it’s situated very conveniently.
Other than the basement, I can’t think of a worse place for a laundry room. It’s cold, dirty and often far from the bedrooms. The only plus side is you can easily deposit filthy clothes in the garage sparing your home from dirt, water, mud, grease and all the other filth clothes attract.
The mudroom/laundry room combo is very popular. One can argue it’s an efficient use of space, but it’s not ideal since it can be a dirty space and often ends up cramped. Mudrooms end up storing a ton of outdoor wear and gear leaving too little space for laundry.
Some smaller homes, especially in Europe, place the washer/dryer in a bathroom. It’s not a terrible thought given it’s usually close to the bedrooms and clothes are removed in bathrooms. The downside is that unless it’s a huge bathroom, the laundry space is very small.
Again, smaller homes sometimes (not often) place a washer/dryer in the kitchen. Frankly, it’s an odd location. It’s not convenient and who wants dirty clothes where food is prepared? That said, it can be efficient for very small homes (i.e. tiny apartments).
Many older homes have the laundry room in the basement. Talk about terribly inconvenient forcing the launderer to hoof it up and down one or even two sets of stairs loaded down with clothes. The plus side, if there is such a thing, is that often there’s a decent amount of space in which to operate. An exception to this being terrible is if your home has a laundry chute. This can be convenient for getting clothes to the laundry room, but it doesn’t help with clean clothes delivery.
D. Laundry Room Flooring Options
For laundry room flooring you want durable and water proof. You want to be able to dump dirty, wet, muddy clothes on the floor and not worry about it. Vinyl and linoleum are idea. Tile isn’t bad, but not quite as durable as vinyl or linoleum.
Vinyl is an excellent, cost-effective and durable flooring option for laundry rooms. These days you can get attractive looking vinyl so you don’t have to forego aesthetics with vinyl.
Also durable and cost-effective.
While some options are durable, it can be expensive and frankly laminate isn’t very pretty. It has a faux look unless you spend some serious money which isn’t really necessary for a laundry room.
While it looks great, hardwood isn’t great for laundry rooms because the floor will get wet frequently.
Not a terrible option, but I personally don’t care for tile unless in a hot climate. The plus side is it can look fabulous.
Rugs and mats are perfect for laundry rooms since they offer some protection to the floor as well as a warmer surface option.
Wrapping it up
As much fun as I had coming up with this list and photos showcasing smart laundry room design ideas, it’s time to wrap it up. There’s more you could consider, but in my mind these are the biggies. The key point is if you’re fortunate enough to design a laundry room from scratch or renovate one, put some thought into. It’s a high-use space where smart design can definitely improve your life.