Friday, August 5, 2011

Tiny Space Laundry

In honour of our last big purchase, I went on a laundry closet rampage over my lunch hour, which was less of rampage and more of a sluggish search due to an oddly busted Internet connection. (Something to do with a busted transformer?) Despite the difficulties of loading images, I learned something about the laundry habits of the blogging and designing world:

Laundry rooms are huge.

When I say laundry closet, I don't mean a large room with a whole whack of counter space, a room that is essentially a kitchen, lacking the fridge and stove and adding the washer/dryer. I don't even mean a small, well organized room with a bright window and plenty of storage space.

When I say laundry closet, I mean a laundry closet.

Yes, I found a few. A few good ones.

Oh, wicker baskets. How I love wicker baskets.

See? More wicker!

And even more. Wow. Am I predictable or something?

In reality, by the time our washer and dryer are delivered on the 20th, it's unlikely the closet will even be built. But I guess these inspiration images are a start, for now. Have you any more for me?

What's your laundry room like? Have you got a room or are you doomed to closet like me?

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!


  1. Small laundry rooms/closets can be tough to make look great. But if you think YOU'VE got a tough job, take a look at my big basement laundry room! Yikes! It's the last room in our house to work on. It's scary...and dare I say the biggest challenge ever! LOL! Check it out here if you'd like.

  2. I have the washer and dryer in the basement. It can hardly be called a 'laundry room' as much as a dank, scary, centipede-infested hole. SO, I'd much prefer a pretty closet! HA

  3. @Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs

    You do have a big project in front of you! Have fun with that one... it could certainly be beautiful when it's all done though!

  4. @Sara @ Russet Street Reno

    I had one of those in the student house I lived in for the last two years of university! They make laundry such an unpleasant chore... If this were a contest in inconvenience, I think you win!

  5. Hee! I'm glad I was able to help you find some great pictures of tiny laundry rooms! Did you see the one with the pull-out drawers on the side? I thought that one had the best design for stow-away things.

    But I do like the look of the wicker with those really modern washing machines/dryers. It's a great contrast!

  6. I know what you mean about big laundry rooms being like kitchens! I guess we're lucky to have a big basement laundry room but as we were thinking about what to add - counters, sink, cabinets - I realized I needed to be looking in the kitchen section. Kitchen stuff is expensive too. There's no way we're spending thousands on a room to wash clothes!

  7. @Aarthi Devanathan

    Yes, thank you! Your help was very very much appreciated!

    I did see one with the pull-out drawers on the side, which I loved, but there were other things in that particular one that didn't quite work. I might incorporate a mix with drawers and baskets.

  8. @Mike

    Definitely. Keep an eye out at Home Depot. We got the cabinets for our basement apartment on clearance there for $100 each cabinet. And you can do a counter top for cheap with some laminate sheeting, contact cement, and plywood.

    Oh, if only I had thousands to spend on a room to wash clothes!

  9. Young House Love has a pretty nice closet (a lot deeper) but their basic design works for a three foot wide space. I wish I had a first or second floor laundry, my basement is sooo scary!!