10 Laundry Hidden in Kitchen Ideas
The laundry room is usually a cold, drafty basement or pantry where the clothes are left to gather dust until they need to be washed. This is not only inconvenient but can also be a fire hazard. Consider some clever kitchen design ideas to make your laundry room more functional and inviting. Install a washer and dryer on one wall, if possible. This will keep the clothes from spreading across the floor, where they will likely get dirty before they are put away.
Closets in a home are one of the best hiding places. If there are two-wall cabinets with doors, run the laundry room wall-to-wall along the two walls. If your closets are long, use interior folding doors. These work especially well if you use a washer and dryer on each of the walls. To further disguise the closet, consider installing concealed light switches or a “counter” that pops up when the washer or dryer is in use.
Installing a built-in washer and dryer is an inexpensive remodeling idea that adds convenience and space to a laundry room. If the existing cabinet has no doors, run the installation under a kitchen island. If the cabinet doors are solid wood, attach glass-to-glass insets to each side of the opening so the cabinet is hidden from sight and the washbasin, dryer, and drawer are accessible from only one side.
Hidden compartments in a laundry room wall cabinet can provide storage for folded towels, washed linens, belts, and other laundry items. Install a small sink next to the compartments. Add hooks or rings to hang folded towels and blankets on the ring. Use fabric clips or bungee cords to secure pants and other hanging clothes to the walls of the compartments.
Replace old hardware on cabinetry doors with coordinating handles and pulls
Install new, durable hardware such as rubber washers with matching washer knobs and rubber dryers with coordinating dryer pull handles. An inexpensive upgrade is to replace the interior finish of old, rusted, and unattractive washers and dryers with new, attractive, double-faced rubber washers and dryers. Purchase a complete set of washers and dryers at a discount, including washers, dryers, and hooks, and install them in an area in the laundry room that is visible and used often. Install the new, more attractive washers and dryers next to the washer and dryer on the floor.
Consider adding decorative inserts to cabinets to create a colorful, functional display. Purchase glass inserts or place card inserts in drawers and open end shelves. In older homes, wood frames with soap dishes and other decorative items were common, but today’s cabinetry is made of a lighter weight metal and painted to blend in with the other cabinetry accessories. Install a mirror behind the hamper on the closet wall for a visible, quick view of what’s inside. A shoe rack with one or two hooks is a useful addition for folded shoes.
Create an organized look by using color-coding to separate clothes by size
Use an organizer board or tag system to label every container. If you have extra pairs of jeans to wash, hang a pair on each shelf. If you have two pants to wash, hang a pair on either side of the hamper. If you have a large family, make sure to purchase enough sets of laundry detergents, fabric softeners, bleaches, washcloths, or cotton balls to last through the month. Also make sure there are plenty of wicking rags to absorb water from your clothes.
10 Laundry hidden in kitchen ideas can save you time and money when organizing your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors or use different textures and materials for your storage spaces. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home and offers plenty of space for organizing your belongings. Make it easy on yourself this year and start out with 10 tips that will help keep your kitchen clutter-free!