In many homes, the laundry room is a dark dungeon that solely exists for washing clothes. What if we told you that your laundry room could be a fun, inviting space that you actually enjoy being in? And what if we also told you that it didn’t cost a fortune to make that dream a reality? Here are some quick, affordable laundry room remodeling tips you can use in your home.
Focus on Function First
Function is the most important factor in any home remodeling project. If you can’t use a space well, you’re not going to enjoy being in it – no matter how nice it may look.
Take a second to think about how you use your laundry room currently. What could you add to the space that would make your life better? Do you need more storage? Better storage? A hanging rack? A place for extra hangers? As you plan your laundry room makeover, keep these functional elements at the forefront of your mind. Plan for those first, and then worry about the decorations later.
Add a Shelf to Cover the Gap behind Your Washer and Dryer
An easy way to jazz up a boring laundry room is to add a shelf between the wall and the back of your washer and dryer. This is mostly just an abyss for collecting socks. Why not turn it into a narrow shelf for décor, laundry pods, and dryer sheets? You can attach a couple simple shelf brackets at the height of your washer and dryer. Then run a thin board along the top.
If you need to get a piece of wood cut down to size, most hardware stores will do this for you at no extra cost. Just make sure you measure in advance.
Cover Wire Shelves to Make Them Look Like Wood
Another way to elevate your laundry room is to cover cheap wire shelves. There are several approaches to this idea, depending on your funds and design goals. You can buy pre-made wire shelf covers that clip onto the shelves. You can make wire shelf covers out of wood, if you have the appropriate tools. Or you can cover foam board in faux wood contact paper and attach that to the shelf. Make a thin “flap” to cover the front of the shelf, as well as a larger piece to cover the flat side. You can use tape to create a hinge between the two pieces. This may not look exactly like real wood, but it is an affordable, quick laundry room DIY.
Refinish Laundry Room Tile for a Fresh Look with Low Maintenance
If you have tile in your laundry room, you can get the tile refinished without having to demo it. Tile refinishing goes over your existing tile and grout, and it can make the whole room look completely redone. Since most homeowners don’t want to spend a ton of money on laundry room remodeling, this is an inexpensive option with huge payoff.
Use Rolling Storage for Laundry Room Essentials
Rolling storage is incredibly helpful in a laundry room. If you have a gap between your appliances, you can maximize your storage potential with a rolling cart. The reason the rolling feature is helpful is because you may need to get behind your washer and dryer from time to time. Just roll the cart out, do what you need to do, and put the cart back in place when you’re finished.
Add Fun Art for a Pop of Personality
The walls in your laundry room don’t have to be bare. In fact, a little pop of art in the space could be the transformative feature you’ve been looking for. Add a quirky sign, a functional chore chart, or just something that makes you happy when you see it. You can use the colors from the art as a jumping point for the rest of the design. Bring in some coordinating storage baskets, detergent containers, and a lint bucket, and you’re all set!