Lighten the Loads
Whatever its size, your laundry room could probably benefit from smarter storage. A few essentials include shelves and drawers for keeping supplies close at hand, divided bins for sorting, and drying racks for delicates—but that’s just for starters! Read on for a dozen practical storage solutions that will help you organize your laundry room and streamline wash day so you can kick back and enjoy yourself before the day is out.
1. Space-Saving Shelf
Looking for a convenient landing place for laundry essentials? This space-saving shelf from Household Essentials fits over washers and dryers that have rear ledges and provides convenient storage for detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, and more.
2. Collapsible Hamper
Laundry is all about containment and easy transport, and this collapsible hamper handles both perfectly. Made from heavy-duty polyester with spring wire construction, the hamper folds flat when not in use. Its lightweight, airy design lets clothes breathe and gives damp fabrics a chance to dry out, and strong straps make the hamper easy to carry.
3. Rolling Laundry Sorter
Colors, whites, and darks? Or dirty, dirtier, and really dirty? Whatever criteria you use for separating laundry, this laundry sorter from SimpleHouseware will make it easier. Featuring three sturdy canvas bags housed in a steel frame with rolling casters, this handy unit can hold 13 gallons of clothes in each compartment.
4. Drop Down Ironing Board
This hide-away ironing center serves up function and style. Designed to be recessed into the wall, the cabinet houses a drop-down ironing board, storage shelf, and clothes hook, all conveniently concealed behind a traditional raised-panel door front. The unit comes in your choice of two finishes.
5. Flexible Wall Storage
Maximize wall space with Elfa shelving and drawer components from The Container Store. Ventilated shelves and hanging drawers add a sleek, modern look to the laundry and provide abundant loose and contained storage options. Use the hanging rod to drip-dry wet clothes or keep freshly pressed garments wrinkle-free. Adjustable components make this a flexible storage solution for a space that’s at least 51 inches wide.
6. Divided Hamper With Liners
Made from woven natural water hyacinth fibers, this divided hamper features two spacious compartments with removable canvas liners to keep laundry sorted. Side handles allow for easy carrying, and the hamper is available in either espresso or natural.
7. Rolling Canvas Laundry Cart
If you've always admired the laundry carts used in hotels and professional laundries, you can now have one of your own. This industrial-size beauty is made of heavy-duty canvas with rugged thermoplastic trim. The strong metal frame and rubber wheels allow you to move up to 100 pounds of dirty laundry with ease, and the hamper is available in gray or natural white.
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8. Garment Rack
With two rods for hanging shirts, skirts, and slacks, and a bottom shelf for additional storage, this heavy-duty garment rack is a practical addition to any laundry room. The horizontal rods extend to provide even more space for hanging, and the rack can accommodate up to 250 pounds of clothes on one convenient, moveable unit.
9. Fold-Away Drying Rack
This wall-mounted, fold-away drying rack is crafted of metal and can hold up to 330 pounds. Thanks to its hinged design, the rack swings 180 degrees left or right to fit a range of spaces, even when unfolded to its full 64-inch length. When not in use, it folds flat, jutting out just over 4 inches from the wall. The rack can be used indoors or out, and it’s available in your choice of silver or matte black.
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10. Retractable Clothesline
Nothing smells quite as clean as clothes and sheets dried outdoors in the fresh air. If you love the idea of letting your laundry dry naturally but don’t want to hang it outside for all your neighbors to see, install a retractable clothesline in your laundry room. As you fold your clothes, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you gave your dryer a little rest, saved some money, and did your part for the environment.
11. Guard to Keep Laundry and Supplies in Place
If you like to fold laundry or store supplies on top of your front-loaders, you may have noticed that items tend to fall off and get wedged in the lint-covered space behind the machines. This easy-to-assemble laundry guard will save you from having to dive into those dusty depths to retrieve stray socks and measuring cups. Made of high-quality resin, the guard uses powerful magnets to adhere to any flat-topped front-loader with a metal surface. You can stretch the guard across the washer and dryer or purchase an add-on that will let you surround each machine separately. A hinged, modular design makes the guard easy to set up, and it’s available in white or gray.
12. Collapsible Laundry Basket
Make the most of limited space with a collapsible basket. Store it flat under the bed or in a closet, then pop it open when it’s time to haul dirty laundry downstairs. The lightweight basket’s 27-liter capacity is enough to accommodate one large load of clothes at a time, and it’s outfitted with two comfortable handles.
All prices are accurate as of July 8, 2022.
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