Is the laundry room your favorite space in the house?

If you answered no, then your laundry room is probably no more than an overcrowded closet with an outdated washer and dryer. But your laundry room doesn’t have to be a dark space where socks go to disappear. Transform your laundry room into a bright, modern and inviting area that you will actually enjoy spending time in.

Start planning your laundry room makeover and tackle the project during winter, so it’s an efficient and well-designed space in time to handle summer fun.

Designing a Laundry Room: What to Consider

Functional Storage and Shelving

An organized space depends upon smart storage. Cabinets with doors or cubbies with baskets give homeowners a place to hide bottles of detergent, cleaning supplies, dirty laundry and other items you may not want visible. A few open shelves are a great way to display a few knick-knacks.
Jim Kabel | Case Design/Remodeling

Space to Fold and Sort

If you don’t want to dump your laundry pile onto the living room sofa to sort and fold, put a usable countertop or workspace into your design plan during a laundry room remodel. Install a piece on top of a front load washer and dryer, or next to stacked or top loading units, to make sure you have a space to get the work done.

DIY Laundry Room Décor

Find or create decorations that speak to your style, this is the place to let your personality shine. Look for pieces that will add something fun and fresh to your laundry room, but be careful not to overdo it, you don’t want to clutter countertops and shelves with unnecessary items.

Upgrade to a New Washer and Dryer

Make laundry less of a chore by upgrading to a new washer and dryer. Be sure to consider if a top load or front load works best for your space before deciding. If your laundry room is narrow and you don’t plan on taking down a wall or two, choose a top-loading machine. Either way, look to make an energy efficient change and make the machines work for you.

Change Up the Floors

If flooring is warped or in disrepair, it probably doesn’t make you excited to start a new load of laundry, and should be replaced during your laundry room remodel. Replace it with something durable that also matches the aesthetics of the room.

Tile is the flooring material we recommend most often. It is durable, easy to clean and will not warp when exposed to standing water.
Jim Kabel | Case Design/Remodeling

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Nothing gives a room a different feel than a splash of color on the walls. Choose a calming color like a light blue or grey to give your laundry room a refreshed look while staying on trend.

Select New Light Fixtures

Finding the right lighting can brighten and warm up your space. Don’t settle for harsh fluorescent bulbs. Choose LED lights and a simple decorative fixture to liven things up, especially if your laundry room isn’t lucky enough to have a window.

Start Your Laundry Room Remodel

With these ideas, you’re well on your way to creating the DIY laundry room of your dreams. If you are looking to move your laundry room to a new location, or take out a wall to make it a little more spacious, read our Exceedingly Comprehensive Guide to DIY Home Improvement before you start, and consider renting a dumpster for all that construction debris.