20 Instant Updates for a Laundry Room You Can Love

Do you think you're too tight on space, time, or budget to maximize style and efficiency in a lackluster laundry room? Get started on one or more of these 20 fast, fun, and functional laundry room updates—no costly renovation required!

  1. No Stitch in Time

    Hang Up a No-Sew Shade

    Sidestep both harsh sunlight and time-consuming tailoring with this no-sew window dressing. Mount a curtain rod, hang a curtain panel on the rod, roll the fabric to the desired length, then tie some rope around the rod and knot it attractively below the rolled fabric. Adjust light levels by further rolling or unrolling the curtain and retying the rope.

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  2. Marker My Words

    Use Your Dryer as a Memo Board

    Save your delicates from harsh treatment and possible damage by setting up a washing machine memo board for laundry care notes. To make your own, use vinyl lettering and adhesive tape to create a letterhead for your board, then grab some magnetic dry-erase markers to write your list of dryer no-no’s. 

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  3. Basket Case Solved

    Build Stackable Laundry Basket Storage

    Unruly laundry baskets take up too much space, cluttering your floor as well as your mind. Clear both by repurposing your baskets into drawers for this deconstructed dresser. By attaching metal angles to two rectangular plywood frames, you can create two dressers—one for sullied garments and one for clean!

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  4. Canned Response

    Organize Your Laundry Room with Old Paint Cans

    Empty paint cans offer an artful yet easy-to-implement solution for clutter on laundry day. Apply self-adhesive shelf liner around the cans, paint them using a graining tool, and voilà—you have a few colorful and hardworking companions by your side, proffering clothespins, stain removers, and more!

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  5. Get on Your Soapbox

    Keep Liquids in Drink Dispensers

    Relocated from the kitchen to your laundry room shelves, mason jar drink dispensers can instantly dispense with clutter. Create labels from wooden cutouts that have been coated with chalkboard paint, then hang them from the mason jar lids with twine before filling the dispensers with essentials like soap and fabric softener.

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  6. Trash Talk

    Wall-Mount a Lint Bin

    If your laundry room is overflowing with more dust than you can handle, swap your on-the-floor rubbish receptacle for a closed-top box that’s been spray-painted and stenciled, then secured to the wall at eye level. Make sure it's close to the dryer, so the lint trap will be well within reach for easy cleaning at a moment’s notice.

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  7. Get Rolling

    Build a Rolling Cart

    Keeping your appliances away from the wall lets you get in and out for maintenance, but it can also create an awkward dead space. Bring that ill-used space back to life with portable storage like this DIY cabinet that can be assembled using a single sheet of plywood. It's perfect for housing detergent and dryer sheets, and when it's off laundry duty, you can simply roll it out of sight!

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  8. Off the Rails

    Hang Up Repurposed Storage

    Give that rickety ladder in the garage a second life in the laundry room as a floating shelf above your appliances or worktable. Constructed using an A-frame ladder, wooden planks, and dowels, this rustic shelf can be easily secured to the wall to create an enchanting drop zone for linens and detergent.

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  9. Back on Track

    Consider Track Shelving

    If your laundry room shelves subtract wall space without adding sufficient functional storage, replace them with a customizable closet system. Featuring adjustable track shelves, this handy solution can be topped with wood for added stability and can store everything from hangers to cleaners.

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  10. Over the Wire

    Put Your Hamper on Wheels

    This easy DIY wire hamper proves that hampers don’t have to hamper style in the laundry room. Affix casters to a wooden round, then top the base with wire that's been welded to form a cylindrical receptacle. Line the hamper with a patterned laundry bag to cloak dirty clothes in modern sophistication.

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  11. Skirt Around Trouble

    Skirt Your Sink

    Utility doesn’t have to be synonymous with boring if you adorn your plain utility sink with a fashionable skirt made using simple sewing techniques. Just hem and pleat fabric curtain panels, then line the inside top edge of the skirt with a hook-and-loop Velcro strip, attaching the adhesive backing of the strip to the lip of the sink to allow for easy installation and removal of the skirt. 

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  12. Curtain Call

    Install a Curtain Rod for Easy Hanging

    Most laundry rooms are jammed into idle corners and closet-size spaces, especially if you live in an older home. If you have an awkward nook above your machines, transform that dead space into useful hanging storage by adding a strong curtain rod that will keep clean clothes wrinkle-free and out of the way until it's time to put them away. 

    Related: 8 DIY Storage Solutions for a Closet-less Room


  13. Laundry Hangout

    Build a Space-Saving Drying Rack

    When space is at a premium, a fold-away drying rack can prove priceless—at a bargain price. After constructing the rack from precut birch, wooden dowels, and bracketed hinges, secure the painted rack to the wall using D-ring hangers. For even greater functionality, affix porcelain knobs to hold sopping coats and hats.

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  14. Your True Colors

    Color Your Laundry Room

    Let barren walls be gone with the simple addition of color, texture, and personality. Apply paint in bold solids or eye-catching patterns, or put up contact paper or wallpaper to create an easier-to-remove finish that will be a memorable touch. 

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  15. Over-the-Counter Cure

    Create More Counter Space

    By working smarter—not harder—you can create a makeshift yet sophisticated workstation even in a petite laundry room. With just a humble sheet of melamine or scrap wood, you can transform the top of your washing machine or dryer into a stylish, smooth surface for folding and sorting clothes.

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  16. Find Your Footing

    Rescue Orphan Socks

    Every wandering sock will long for a home on this charming laundry plaque. The board, made from reclaimed pallet wood, can be sanded, stained, and stenciled before you attach storage-smart clothespins to the base and hang it on the wall with rope for rustic appeal.

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  17. Iron Will

    Make a Tabletop Ironing Board

    Is your full-size ironing board eating into valuable work space? Make a more modest-sized version by removing the brackets from an old shelf, covering it with a towel and some eye-catching fabric, and stapling the material to the back. This cheerful, mobile ironing board is sure to reinvigorate your cleaning routine.

    Related: 8 Things You Didn't Know a Clothes Iron Can Do


  18. Back Door Route

    Store Supplies Over the Door

    Don’t be afraid to look behind closed doors for the answer to your laundry room storage dilemmas. Paint the back of the door in an attractive shade, let it dry, and then hang an inexpensive multitier rack over the door to house toiletries, towels, and laundry supplies.

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  19. Top-Shelf Idea

    Add a Bookshelf

    A laundry room closet may not be the first place you'd position a bookshelf, but it's a great way to make use of the empty space next to the washing machine or dryer. Situated so efficiently, the humble bookshelf becomes an organizational oasis for toiletries, linens, and even lightweight tools.

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  20. Put a Cork in Clutter

    Install a Clutter Catcher

    If emptying out pockets before you do the wash leads to piles of loose paper and coins, stow the miscellany in this easy-to-assemble laundry clutter catcher. First, secure a wooden shelf to a nearby wall to house storage canisters, then mount some cork shelf liner nearby to pin down loose receipts and coupons.

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  21. Don't Miss


    If you must do laundry (and you must), you might as well make the chore as easy as possible. We've rounded up the best buys to make your laundry room safer, cleaner, and more productive. Even better? They can all be had for a bargain. Go now!