12 small laundry room ideas – compact designs that are guaranteed to save space

Our space saving small laundry room ideas prove that it is possible to achieve a stylish and workable utility area no matter the size

Small laundry room ideas in a brown painted wooden scheme with a jug of dried flowers beside a butler sink.
(Image credit: Studio Laloc / Farrow & Ball )

Our space saving small laundry room ideas will inspire you whether you are reworking an existing small laundry room, have gained a space following an extension, or simply dream of one day having a space dedicated solely to laundry.

Small laundry room ideas

From smart, fitted solutions to freestanding options with plenty of rustic appeal, these laundry room ideas and designs for smaller spaces offer stylish solutions that are equally functional. 

1. Work a laundry room into an awkward space

Small laundry room ideas under a sloped ceiling, with blue painted cabinetry and open shelving, wooden countertops and a blue and white tiled floor.

Gunter & Co Interiors

(Image credit: Gunter & Co Interiors)

If you are working with a period property that offers plenty of quirk, character, and awkward angles, consider how this might be of benefit to your laundry room design. Here, a space with a sloping ceiling has been transformed into a stylish, compact laundry area. 

Irene Gunter from Gunter & Co. Interiors provides the following insight: ‘Often laundry rooms are tight on space, so when designing one, storage and organization are key. 

'We relish the challenge, and work with our clients to think about their day-to-day requirements to optimize the room and make it function as efficiently as possible; what equipment do they use regularly, what needs to be accessible quickly and what can be stored away.’

2. Rely on storage solutions to make the most of small laundry room ideas

Small laundry room ideas featuring a fold-out wooden drying rack in a white and neutral scheme with a large vase of flowers.

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If you are keen to kit out a small laundry room to its full potential, clever laundry room storage ideas are essential. 

Here, a wall drying rack – which can be neatly folded back – provides extra space for air drying without being a permanent feature. 

3. Choose one shade for a cohesive finish

Small laundry room ideas with midnight blue painted cabinetry and wooden backsplash, open shelving and wooden worktop.

Little Nest Cottage

(Image credit: Little Nest Cottage)

If you are renovating an existing laundry room on a budget, consider painted kitchen cabinets for a quick and effective update.

Opting for a single shade that can be used on walls, cabinetry, paneling and more will achieve a high-end, cohesive finish for little to no money. Here, a deep shade of blue is effective in framing the space and provides the perfect backdrop for accessories in neutral tones.

4. Opt for open shelving in a small laundry room

A small laundry room with space saving open shelving in a white scheme with patterned floor tiles.

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A great alternative to traditional kitchen cabinet ideas, open shelving is a clever option for those seeking to maximize storage without creating a boxy feel within a small laundry space. Just make sure you’re displaying your most delightful crockery.

Concerned your small laundry room will become a dumping ground for clutter? Consider investing in some well-placed rattan baskets.

5. Invest in custom carpentry for a high-end finish

Fitted pale gray cabinetry in an L-shaped small laundry room, with white countertop and floor tiles.

Higham Furniture 

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Even the smallest of laundry rooms can achieve a high-end finish with the help of an expert. 

Not only will bespoke carpentry ensure you maximize your space, making the most of every awkward angle, but working with an experienced designer is also an effective way of building a functional scheme that will help to organize a laundry room.

6. Combine storage solutions for a modern rustic finish

Small laundry room ideas in a brown painted wooden scheme with a jug of dried flowers beside a butler sink.

(Image credit: Studio Laloc / Farrow & Ball )

And if the uniform look isn’t for you, go the opposite way by combining a variety of textures and storage solutions for a homely, unfitted finish.

Here, a shallow shelf beneath fitted cabinets provides the perfect spot for trinkets, which inject character into what might otherwise be a purely functional space. Consider concealing appliances behind a counter curtain to ensure that they are hidden away, but still easily accessible.

Recreate the look with the shade Dead Salmon, by Farrow & Ball.

7. Incorporate a laundry room into an existing space

Small laundry room ideas incorporated into a white bathroom with mosaic tiles and gold faucet.

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If you cannot dedicate an entire space to the laundry room, why not consider working utility room ideas into an existing niche, perhaps by incorporating a laundry area into your bathroom ideas.

Here, a reasonably sized bathroom doubles up as a laundry room, with the sink serving a dual function and clever storage solutions ensuring the space is maximized. 

Installing a hanging rack is a useful option for shirts, that may save you at least a little time ironing.

8. Inject texture into small laundry room ideas – and a neutral color palette

Neutral small laundry room ideas with natural wood textured cabinets and dried flowers by a white countertop and backsplash.

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If neutral tones and natural materials appeal, consider how texture might be used to divide your space and create interest.

Here, rattan is used to finish one floor-to-ceiling airing cabinet, and the result is a space packed with plenty of character.

9. Choose the best storage to ensure your space stays neat and tidy 

A wood panelled pale gray laundry room scheme with butler sink, white subway tiles and wooden countertops and open shelf.

(Image credit: Sims Hilditch)

If your goal is to achieve a laundry room that is neat and organized, you’ll need to prioritize quality storage.

Louise Wicksteed, design director at Sims Hilditch provides the following advice: ‘We recommend bespoke utility room storage to help maximize space, particularly in small laundry rooms. 

'You might like to recess shelving into the walls and stow wicker storage baskets inside, as a neat and aesthetically pleasing vessel in which to store bits and bobs.’

10. Plan an L-shaped laundry room

L-shaped small laundry room ideas in a white scheme with dark gray-blue painted cabinets.

(Image credit: Lori Paranjape)

If you are looking for narrow utility room ideas, opting for an L-shaped laundry room layout may be the best option to help you truly maximize every inch of space.

Here, gorgeous blue-green cabinetry is teamed with white paintwork to achieve a stylish finish. Choosing to maximize storage potential on one wall, while leaving the other bare, prevents the space from feeling overwhelmed. A traditional sash window at the end of the room floods the space with light.

11. Tuck your laundry room behind a partition

A folding white door separating off an all white laundry room area with gray marble countertops and open shelving.

(Image credit: Sims Hilditch)

If you’re keen to work a laundry room into an open plan kitchen or living space, this smart set-up, complete with folding doors, is certainly an option worth considering. 

Complete with laundry room essentials including a sink, washing machine, and plenty of storage, it is easily accessible on laundry day but can be concealed quickly if you have spontaneous guests.

Louise Wicksteed, design director at Sims Hilditch, says: ‘Don’t forget that your laundry room is an extension of your home, so it should follow the same themes that occur throughout the rest of your kitchen ideas, including color scheme and materials used.’

12. Choose shiplap paneling to make your space appear larger 

Small laundry room ideas with white shiplap paneling, a butler sink and gray slate floor.

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Horizontal paneling is effective in making a space appear larger, longer and wider, which is why it is a popular option for small spaces – including utility and laundry rooms. 

Aside from this, shiplap paneling is a trendy solution that promises to add plenty of rustic appeal to any small laundry room ideas.

How do you maximize space in a small laundry room?

Well-organised storage is key to maximizing space in a small laundry room. As well as wall and base units and pull-out drawers for stashing smaller items (batteries, bin bags, paper towels, etc), don't forget a tall cabinet for keeping an iron, ironing board, mop and bucket and vacuum cleaner. 

Often, a very big or deep sink such as a robust Belfast style is top of a utility wish list for hand-washing garments, rinsing off muddy wellies and football boots and even washing the dog if you are combining your laundry room with practical mudroom ideas. A tap with a pull-out or extendible spray valve is perfect for general cleaning, as well as filling buckets and washing down bulky items. 

Make sure there is a decent amount of work surface around the sink and elsewhere in the kitchen for sorting through laundry and stacking baskets – or tuck them out of the way in a nearby niche.