In our new house we are moving the laundry room from the end of the kitchen to a small entry closet. While the space will be far more compact, I feel like we can make something great with the right inspiration! Like I mentioned in this post, Justin and I are hoping to build a house at some point. Technically, we won't be building our dream home, it will be a reasonable build, on a budget, that we can upgrade over a couple years and turn around and sell. I am not sure if you feel the same way, but I feel like building our dream home as our first experience building would just be too difficult. I want to figure out the whole process from my perspective before doing it on a house that we *might* consider our final house. (and let's be honest that may never happen…the final house thing, until I die.)
But one thing that I think is important when planning a build or remodel is finding amazing inspiration. Obviously we have pinterest, to create great inspiration boards, (follow me, pretty please!!), and that is such a great tool for defining you style, but I think that creating a “look book” of ideas that you like is also good, so I plan on doing a series of look book ideas for our dream house and yours.
Today, I have been thinking about laundry rooms. Laundry rooms are absolutely necessary but often overlooked (especially if you are not building a high end, custom house). I think it is important to consider the layout and jobs that have to be done in the space before the fact.
- Do you want to throw laundry in and leave?
- Do you want a sorting area?
- Do you like to fold laundry in the space?
- Do you air dry a lot of things, and need a large air drying space?
- Do you want to keep extra cleaning supplies in there?
- Do you want to have extra linen closet items in the space?
- Do you want the space to be a multi-tasking room with a sewing machine for quick fixes (and possibly other crafting tools?)
- Is natural light important to you in t he space
- Would you rather keep it to a small closet to take up less square footage?
- Will the laundry room also be a mudroom?
You need to decide what key elements are important to you, what you can afford, and what works in your layout. For example, Justin and I have a floor plan that we like. But the laundry rooms is a cave! The layout makes for very little storage, and overall I just don't like it. But if I move the machines to a different wall, change the door to a pocket door and add a window, I can quadruple storage space and make the room bright and beautiful.
So I wanted to share a bunch of fabulous inspiration shots that I have been compiling for planning my laundry room. Hopefully whether you are remodeling or building, you can pull quite a few great ideas from these shots. Keep in mind, while some of these spaces are in huge rooms, you can pick and choose what you like or work in the main laundry area into a smaller space.
100 Great Laundry Room Ideas!
First lets start big… meaning the huge, dream laundry rooms bigger than our kitchens that we want to host dinner parties in they are so awesome…
Large Multi-Purpose Laundry Rooms:
This craft / HUGE laundry room is a great example if you want a multi-tasking space. Great for a sewing room (if you can stand to listen to the laundry washing and drying!) I love the cabinetry and light in the space. Source Cococozy I think this space is interesting and I think that making that folding table into a rolling island so it would be more useful and could be tucked back against the wall when you are done. Image Source I love the idea of this laundry room and kids' homework or crafting space! And HELLO red cabinets, I think I love you! This long laundry room had neat storage space and hanging space as well as the coolest pullout ironing board drawer… I LOVED it! I think this great huge laundry room is both cute and bright! I love the HUGE window, and the shelves for the laundry baskets… I actually love the odd shape of the space the allows for a lot of open space. It has a TON of storage and folding area, I like the pretty lighting. Overall a great laundry room! Source Houzz. Yes, someday I want multiple washing machines… call me lazy or wasteful. It is something I still dream about having! Image Source/ image source This laundry room was part of a HUGE butlers pantry and storage room… Um yeah, I could live with this.
I love the idea of having a sewing space as part of a laundry room. I just makes sense! Did I mention the double laundry machines? I super love that! So much storage so much space and again those double machines! I love the subway tiled walls and floors. Source Hardenburg Designs This was a LOVELY laundry room that had space for double machines, TONS of storage, a sewing area, a folding counter and a hanging area. Not to mention the adorable wall paper! Crafting and present wrapping station! LOVE! I almost want the excuse that I have laundry to do… This laundry room is large enough to double as a hobby room! Love the details… heck you could craft all day AND get the laundry done. Sounds like a win/win to me! Image Source While you can't see the laundry machines in this picture I assure you they are there, but the little crafting space int his laundry was just too cute not to share! This looks like it might be a basement space, and that it is a shared space too. But Swoon! Check out that huge counter! I think this could totally be done real life the plan is so similar to the bathroom vanity we built, I am sure you could build one for yourself using the same principles! Image Source This laundry room was truly a dream space, double machines, counter space for days, tons of storage, an island with open shelves to hold laundry, and even (on the other side of the room) a built in TV. Sigh. How fun are these BRIGHT yellow cabinets with a a wall paper backsplash? A laundry room is a great place to try out a fun color on cabinets! Love the black and white cabinets in the large laundry room! Image Source This large double laundry had so many fun details. Like the cute shelf above the double machines! Another beautiful multi-function laundry room with a huge window. FOr me natural light is as necessary in a laundry room as dirty laundry! I need the light! I love the huge folding counter above the machines, and that open display to keep the space personal, but beautiful! I love the HUGE built in drawer under these machines!
More Great Ideas on the Next Pages: