Ideas to Renovate Laundry Rooms

Laundry duty ranks near the bottom of the list of household chores for most of us. It could possibly have to do with the fact that your laundry room is too small, located in the basement or garage. If that’s the case, then it’s time to consider a laundry room renovation. You spend enough time doing laundry, so the room should be inviting and filled with the latest innovations!

A fresh new laundry room makes a common household chore much more bearable!
A fresh new laundry room makes a common household chore much more bearable! | Source

Experts say a laundry room remodel not only adds beauty, it increases the value of your home. With a top-notch laundry room renovation, you can expect, on average, a 72 percent return on your investment!

Make sure your plumbing and electrical is in order before you begin your laundry room renovation.
Make sure your plumbing and electrical is in order before you begin your laundry room renovation. | Source

The Big Things

Older homes may require the assistance of a professional to inspect water pipes, drainage system, gas and electrical lines. It would be a pity if you spent money on your laundry room renovation and had to go in, after the fact, and make repairs or upgrades. Or even worse, tear up the slab to replace drainage pipes. It’s best to get this all out of the way before you tackle cosmetic renovations. And don't forget, all electrical outlets need to be GFCI.

Also, take this pre-renovation time to determine if your laundry room is configured to suit your family’s needs. You may want to add walls (if there aren’t any) or move a wall to expand the space creating a combination laundry/mud room. Maybe you just want more space to wash, fold and iron your laundered items.

Laundry Sink

Get your plumber to add water and drainage lines for a laundry sink. Some delicate articles of clothing were not made for repeated machine washings. Consider installing a laundry basin directly into the countertop, or placing a free-standing laundry sink next to the counter.

A free-standing or integrated laundry sink will make hand washing much easier.
A free-standing or integrated laundry sink will make hand washing much easier. | Source

An integrated wash basin or freestanding laundry sink located in the same room, means you can easily wash and rinse clothing without having to use a sink in another part of the house.

Flooring Options

Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive idea for laundry room flooring. Gone are the days of grandma’s hideous vinyl patterns and inferior materials. You can choose from durable peel and stick vinyl squares or vinyl sheeting. New vinyl flooring advances include designs and textures that simulate wood grain or natural stone surfaces -- they're amazingly similar to the real deal!

Floor tiles add a high-end finish to a laundry room.
Floor tiles add a high-end finish to a laundry room. | Source

Ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles are also popular laundry room flooring because they look stylish, clean up easily and are perfect for use in damp areas. Tile is pricier than vinyl, but you have a variety of colors, textures and designs from which to choose. Tile also provides a higher end finish to the room, if you are interested in resale value.

Adding a new washer and dryer will save time and lower your utility bill!
Adding a new washer and dryer will save time and lower your utility bill! | Source

New Appliances

The dream of any busy household is to purchase a state-of-the-art washer and dryer. This is a decision best made as you are considering the design of the room. You may want to save space with a stackable washer and dryer or a combination washer/dryer unit. Or, you may have the space to purchase a high profile washer and dryer – in a trendy designer color!

To prevent water damage to your flooring and subfloor, place an overflow pan under your washing machine. They may not be required by code, but are a great idea – especially if your laundry room is located on an upper floor of the house.

Proper Lighting

For any number of reasons, many laundry rooms lack adequate lighting. It may not seem important, but when you're trying to remove stains and iron out wrinkles, good lighting is imperative.

Install ample lighting to make the laundry room bright and cheery!
Install ample lighting to make the laundry room bright and cheery! | Source

A simple hanging fluorescent fixture will make all the difference in the world to a poorly lit garage or basement laundry room. You can pick up these "shop lights" for a song at the local hardware store. If your laundry room is inside the house, update your lighting with a track system or large ceiling fixture to properly light the entire space.

Folding Station

If you have plenty of space, purchase a folding table or include an integrated counter to serve as a folding station. This way, clothes can be folded as soon as they are removed from the dryer. A folding station can also be used for sweaters that require flat drying.

Allow for laundry room storage in your design plans.
Allow for laundry room storage in your design plans. | Source

Laundry Organization

A great idea to help you get motivated to do laundry is to organize the room. Add shelving or a bank of upper cabinets to store all of your laundry products. If everything is neatly organized and in its place, you might actually enjoy using the space!


Consider installing pullout laundry hampers under the counter. Designate one hamper for colors, one for whites and one for delicates. Include a wall-mounted drying rack for hanging up delicates during inclement weather.


Wall-Mounted Ironing Board

Instead of setting up a full-size ironing board in the laundry room, purchase a wall-mounted version that folds down and stores neatly away when not in use. This frees up valuable laundry room square footage. You can also find models that feature shelves to hold your iron and ironing supplies.

Use space savers like a drop down ironing board station.
Use space savers like a drop down ironing board station. | Source

Some wall-mounted models also have a hanging system for ironed clothes, a built-in electrical outlet, work light and auto shut-off feature. These handy ironing board stations come in a variety of finishes to coordinate other laundry room components.

Is a Laundry Room Renovation in Your Future?

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  • I don't have a laundry room.
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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

We added some cupboards above our washer and dryer a couple of years ago and I love them! I really wish we had a utility sink in the laundry room, though - that would be REALLY nice!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Leah, right now I just have a laundry closet. At least it does have a shelf above so I can store detergent, etc. A utility sink is so handy. I really miss having one!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Yeah, I guess most homeowners don't pay much attention to this area of the house. If the laundry room had emotions, it would probably feel so unloved and betrayed. LOL.... I really appreciate your nifty tips and think it's nice to spruce up this room a bit!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

These really are important areas, and can make life so much easier!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Om, you make me laugh! Those poor little laundry rooms. They probably would have an extreme inferiority complex! And I appreciate your nice comments!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Pollyanna, yes, laundry rooms are important in the scheme of a home. Having the right equipment makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for stopping by!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Woooow- the newly renovated laundry room described in your Hub sounds like a place where I would happily spend hours!! Alas, I don't even have a laundry room to renovate!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Me either, Simone. Right now all I have is a laundry closet -- not much reno to do in there! Thanks for the comment!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

LOVE the ideas! Although we have a new house I am going to make some of these changes, espically the lighting one and the Iron Board in the wall idea :) We have one on the back of the door and I just don't like it there! Excellent ideas! Voted up and shraed :)


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks CassyLu! New lighting and a proper ironing board station will make a world of difference in your laundry area. So glad you were able to get some helpful ideas from this Hub! I appreciate the votes and share! :)


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

This is a fine hub - great ideas and clear presentation. Voted up and useful. My wife and I were lucky enough to purchase a home with a state-of-the-art laundry room - though it is a bit small. We added some storage shelves. Now, we just need to keep it free of clutter!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks for the comment and feedback Sid! A modern laundry room makes this almost daily chore much more tolerable!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

We all tend to ignore laundry rooms and pile up unwanted stuff. However, making the room attractive sounds like a good idea. I am going to check mine out and see what can be done--at least clean it. Thanks for great ideas and I would love to have a state of the art laundry room..Love your hubs.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks, Carol! Yes, all too often laundry rooms are forgotten square footage in our homes. I'm hopeful that keeping them clean and tidy will help make laundry day a bit more pleasant. Hope it works for you! Happy to hear from you today. :)


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lucille12 20 months ago

With many attractive and efficient products offered in the market, you will easily get a certain organizer that matches the décor of your house.


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lindacee 20 months ago from Southern Arizona Author

Yes, Lucille12, there are many choices to get and keep your laundry room neat and organized. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub!

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