Laundry rooms have a few bad habits. They collect everything that doesn't have a proper home: used batteries waiting to be recycled, that old coat needing a button, an aging iron board that can't fully support its weight anymore. For those looking to get organized (and decrease the clutter), a great question to consider is whether to put cabinets in your laundry room.
Some homeowners may worry whether their laundry room has the space to accommodate new cabinets, especially if it's on the smaller side. However, cabinets can be customized for virtually any space! And while laundry room design varies from home to home, adding a few extra cabinets can offer additional storage, organization, and an elevated aesthetic. A few white laundry room cabinets and neatly organized shelves can transform a room from dull to elegant.
So, to help you start your organization project, we've put together a laundry list of reasons you might want to include cabinets. We've also brought together a few design ideas for added inspiration.
- Safety: We don't always realize the number of dangerous materials used in a laundry. Often, many of us use the laundry room as a catch-all for cleaning supplies, including bleach, detergents, and other strong chemicals.
Including cabinets in your laundry allows you to store harmful chemicals safely, particularly if you have young children and pets. Not only should dangerous substances be placed on higher shelves, safely out of reach, but cabinets can also be locked, providing an added safety measure.
- Increase storage space: We've never heard anyone complaining that they've got too much storage space because it just doesn't exist! Cabinets can take a small laundry room and make it the most functional room in the house.
Laundry room cabinets are the perfect place to store household tools and cleaning products, extra electronic cables and chargers, muddy coats, and even bulky sports equipment.
- Cleanliness: Because most laundry rooms store dangerous chemicals and deal with household appliances that generate a lot of heat, keeping it clean is essential. However, it can be challenging to keep an area clean when it isn't organized.
Cabinets make tidying up after a big wash day easier and faster.
- Make use of small spaces: Is your tiny laundry giving you trouble? Not a problem! Custom cabinets can maximize the space available, even those that might be oddly shaped. Most people never even consider adding a cabinet between washer and dryer; however, even that small space can be utilized.
- Try going vertical: Sometimes, in a small space, you need to think up, not across. Taking your cabinets vertically can increase the storage area in your laundry room significantly, especially if you've got high ceilings. We recommend adding cabinets higher up for over washer and dryer storage. These cabinets are the perfect place to store laundry detergents and cleaning supplies.
- Incorporate shelving: Bringing in cabinets isn't the only way to get the most out of your laundry room; try adding in shelving units as well. Not only do shelves increase storage area, but they also make it easier to see what products you have that you're running low on and need to repurchase. If wall space is at a premium in your house, a simple between washer and dryer shelf can be added easily.
- Add a drying rack: Everyone knows that delicate clothing shouldn't be stuffed into the dryer like an old pair of jeans, but laying out cashmere sweaters on the countertops to dry isn't always the safest idea (hello, toddlers).
A drying rack and clothing rail are laundry storage hacks that will change your life. After washing, hang up delicate blouses and long dresses so they can air dry on the clothing rail, and reshape sweaters to dry flat with a rack. These clever laundry tools can be hidden inside a cabinet and folded down only when needed.
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