When we first moved into our apartment, 17 years ago, we didn’t have a laundry room. I would have to schlep down to our building’s basement and do the laundry in our building’s communal laundry room. Although it is a very nice and clean laundry room, with ample washers and dryers, it was inconvenient. This arrangement, as cumbersome as it was, represented an improvement for me, because for many years before I was married, I endured driving to a laundromat to do my laundry, and that was the absolute worst! When I was pregnant with our first child, we decided that it was high time to have our very tiny maid’s room bathroom converted into a laundry room. This was the best improvement we could have made, and my life has been much easier ever since!
Our laundry room is right off our home office, which opens onto the kitchen. It is conveniently located, but it is a tiny space. This is the only place in our unit that our building would permit us install a washer and dryer, so the location was an easy decision. There was a tiny shower stall in the bathroom which we had removed (we had never used it anyway) and we had a small stackable washer and dryer installed in the space. The bathroom now has a toilet, a new mini sink (we had to remove the existing sink because it wouldn’t fit with the washer/dryer) and the washer and dryer.
When you look at the photos of our laundry room, I imagine that you will be very grateful for yours! The capacity of our stackable washer and dryer is pitifully small; the room has no storage, no drying racks, and no surfaces for folding; and there are no windows. Having lived for a long time without my a washer and dryer of my own, however, I am very thankful for our tiny laundry room, despite its limitations!
Because the laundry room is so puny, it is almost impossible to photograph it, but here are a couple of shots:
After seeing this, aren’t you happy with your laundry room?! The white curtain on the left in the above photo is hiding the hideous steel door that leads to our fire escape. Since I have no storage in this room, I keep the laundry soap and supplies on a little ledge behind the curtain. I was tired of seeing the exposed pipes under the little sink so one day I made the green sink skirt and attached it to the sink with velcro.
What motivated me to share our rather unremarkable laundry space with you is that I have been thinking about whether I could add some storage to the area next to the washer and dryer. The washer hoses are there, so there isn’t a ton of room, but I am thinking that I could add a couple of shallow shelves.
Here are some photos that I am using for inspiration:
I like how the curtains above would hide the clutter on the shelves.
Cabinets around the washer and dryer could provide ample hidden storage, as in the photo above. I would only be able to have cabinets above the washer and dryer, though, because I have a sink in front of the open space on the side that would block cabinet doors from opening. Unfortunately, I am not tall enough to easily reach cabinets above the washer/dryer, so cabinets might not be a good solution for frequently-used items.
The above room has some good-looking open shelving!
The baskets above would be handy, but I’m not sure how I would attach them to a tile wall.
It would be nice to have a cabinet above the washer and dryer for items that we don’t need regularly, and I think it would be helpful to install shallow shelves to the side of the washer and dryer for everyday items like laundry soap and extra toilet paper.
Laundry room enhancement is something to think about, but I’m not sure when we will actually get to it!