How to Make the Most Out of a Small Laundry Room

Most laundry rooms are on the smaller side, so it can be tough trying to figure out how to maximize space. Builder grade laundry room closets have a single wire shelf and no laundry room cabinets.

Here are a few DIY small laundry room ideas to make the most of the space.

Designing the Space


Since a laundry room is a small space that is typically overlooked this is a place where you can have fun with your design. 

If you have a bold wallpaper that you have been wanting to try then this is a good place to do it.

A laundry rooms should be fun and possibly make you want to actually fold clothes. 

So, go for a paint color or wallpaper that you wouldn’t feel safe using in your living room. 

Sorry to disappoint, but I still leave my laundry in the dryer for weeks after my laundry room renovation. 

Small Laundry Room Ideas

My laundry room was a basic builder grade with laminate flooring, white wire shelving, and bad lighting. 

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money updating this space, so I renovated this laundry room with my husband. 

We installed vinyl flooring directly over the laminate flooring, painted the wall, and replaced the wire shelf with a wood shelf that I stained. 

I stained the wood shelf to match the vinyl flooring and to warm up this small laundry room

My laundry room does not have any windows, so I went with a light paint color by Sherwin Williams.

If you need tips to lay down vinyl flooring then view our other post on small laundry room ideas.

small laundry room ideas

Laundry Room Cabinets

A friend of mine needed help designing her pantry and laundry room combo. 

We both thought it would be fun to go out of our comfort zone with the design for this space.

Instead of doing white laundry room cabinets and gray walls, we selected a bold finishes.

Here is a picture of the space before the renovations.

small laundry room ideas

We went with a gothic style floor tile, painted green laundry room cabinets, and butcher block counters. 

If you are planning on painting your laundry room cabinets this is the best paint.

The butcher block helped to warm this DIY small laundry room with natural wood tones. 

laundry room cabinets

I absolutely love how this laundry room pantry combination came out!

The baskets match the butcher block while adding texture to the space.

Laundry Room Closet

A laundry room closet shouldn’t be overlooked because it is a tight space. 

The nice thing about a small laundry room is that it can be made over in a weekend or less. 

Asides from knocking out this DIY quickly and on a budget, you can do a bold design in this space. 

laundry room closet


If there is a unique wallpaper or dramatic wall color that you’ve had the itch to try then this is the perfect place to test it out. 

Testing out a bold design in a small laundry room is a great way to see if you actually like this design once it’s on the wall. 

So, if the design isn’t quite what you thought then painting of it will be an easy fix in a small space.

The wallpaper, adding wood shelving, and a small painted cabinet made a big impact on this tiny laundry room.

laundry room closet
laundry room closet

DIY Wall Decor

To give your space a little character on a budget, you can buy inexpensive digital art that can be printed at home and framed.

You can also, make your own wall decor or repurpose items that you already have in your home.

I made this DIY Pottery Barn Knock-Off canvas from an outdated canvas that I had in my basement.

A simple wood laundry room sign will really warm up the space too.

If you need more tips and tricks to figure out your design style before decorating, here are some tips!

Make sure you know what your style is before you start decorating, so you love how the space comes out.

Digital Art Printed and Framed
Every room needs this!
Living Room Budget Makeover!

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