Even a small laundry room can be a dream laundry room with the right cabinet choices. We just completed our custom Laundry Room (full tour here) and couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. It’s been a few weeks, and the honeymoon is far from over – I can’t wait to use my laundry room and it is so pretty and neat and organized, I love being in the laundry room! I think the only thing missing is a speaker so I can sing along while folding and sorting.
This is a huge change, going from piles of laundry – both clean and dirty – with clean on the bed and in short baskets and dirty on the floor and in taller hamper baskets. The family is also loving always having their laundry put away and accessible. I’m already weeding out closets too – since we don’t need as much clothes since it’s always clean!
You can see the entire laundry room and how I use it in this video
And the full blog post reveal for our laundry room here.
The big cabinet with sink and hutch has been the game changer. I kept the height of the countertop at 32″ – so folding is the perfect height.
The hutch keeps everything put away
So the countertops are open for folding laundry. If I run out of space on the countertops, I can use the lower shelves for added clean folded clothes temporary storage area until the kids get it put away. I do the folding, the kids put it all away.
I orginially thought the sink would rarely be used, but it has quickly become second only to our kitchen sink!
My four year old son has claimed it, and brushes his teeth and get’s his own drinking water (we have amazing well water right out of the tap up here in Alaska). He loves that he can keep a step stool there, and the sink is big enough that he can splash around and not worry about making a mess.
Once our baby gets here, we’ll be using it as a bathtub and for cleaning baby accidents, blow outs, spills and stains.
The drawer directly across from the dryer is slatted on the bottom. I use it as a “basket” and remove clothes from the dryer directly into the drawer. I can then either fold immediately, or close the drawer and fold when I get to it. This has been an amazing addition to the laundry room, completely taking the need for baskets (or bending over for the matter) out of my laundry system.
The other drawers are “special” purpose – the one below the slatted is for “donate or hand-me-down” clothes that kids have either outgrown or we just aren’t wearing. This is also where old T-Shirts go to become rags.
Another a drawer is used for special washes – for example, delicates, lights, down coats etc, and the fourth drawer is my bonus drawer where I can set things aside. Right now we are prepping for a spring break trip, so all clothes that I want to pack for this trip go direclty from the dryer, folded, and into this drawer. I’m thinking I’ll use it for baby clothes once baby arrives.
Another little customization we did with a huge impact was hold the cabinet 12″ from the far wall. This is to hide our mop bucket and cordless vacuum. You would never know the mop bucket is there, but it sure is handy when you need it!
The big word on this cabinet is CUSTOM. We built it to exactly suit our space and needs. With our laundry room less than 60 square feet overall, we had to go custom to make it all work.
I’m sharing the plans as we built our laundry cabinet below – but I highly recommend customizing to your family’s needs and habbits. Think of how you use your laundry room, what needs to be stored in it, what processes you dread, and trick your laundry room out so doing laundry is a dream, not a chore.
You can watch us build this cabinet in this video-
And build for yourself with the plans below.
Enjoy the plans and please do share if you incorporate some or any of the ideas, we thrive off knowing our time blogging is benefiting you.
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