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5 Must Haves for a Small Laundry Room

These small laundry room ideas will help add style and function to your space. Thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post; as always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Our laundry room makeover is officially finished, but before I show the final reveal I wanted to pop in with some small laundry room ideas on how to make the most out of these hard-working small spaces. 

We’ve lived in this house for 3 years now, and probably 90% of the time we enter the house through the garage instead of the front door. 

And so do our guests. 😯 

Don’t dark walls, messy bags, and random garbage scream welcome to our home?  No?

laundry room before picture

dark and dreary laundry room

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The space really wasn’t being utilized to its full potential. We have a small closet on one side and the washer and dryer and utility sink on the other. We needed some organization and a major dose of style! 

But I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Thankfully Walmart has so many affordable options for home decor lately. And I’m loving their Shop by Style feature on their website. It allows you to easily navigate to shop your own personal decorating style (Farmhouse, Coastal, and Boho are my faves) to alleviate the overwhelm of sorting through thousands of items. not that I get easily overwhelmed or anything…ahem. 

So what helped turn the corner on this embarrassing space? Follow these 5 small laundry room ideas to conquer the clutter and bring back some style.

1. Add a Bench for Storage & Function

entryway bench with shoe storage

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, but a storage bench is exactly what we needed for this space. I found this one and it was the perfect petite size at just under 36″ wide and I love the light oak color with black modern accents. It’s got a bottom shelf perfect for storing extra shoes. And the top hinges (with a soft close safety hinge) to store all that extra sports gear.

entryway bench with shoe storage

This will be a great place to store all the hats and gloves in the winter too. For some reason we always end up losing at least one glove during the season, so hopefully this will alleviate that!

entryway bench with shoe storage

And now the kiddos actually have a place to sit to put on their shoes. #itsthelittlethings πŸ™‚ 

2. Create Vertical Storage with Hooks

small laundry room ideas featuring a storage bench and diy coat hooks

If you have a small laundry room, it’s essential to maximize every square inch and this includes vertical space! Lucky for me, I have a super handy hubby that can build just about anything I can dream up. So I asked him to build this simple shelf using some leftover boards and trim pieces from other projects.

We painted it (and baseboards and door trim) Simply White by Benjamin Moore in semi gloss. Walls are my other favorite white, White Dove by Benjamin Moore in an eggshell finish.

black wall hooks

We used these simple and affordable iron hooks which come in a pack of 12. And since we only used 7 for the laundry room, I plan on putting the rest up on our deck to hang all those crazy beach towels now that we have a pool!

I’m linking some more great options if you don’t want to DIY a coat rack:

3. Install Fun Lighting

modern brass chandelier

When your space isn’t big on space, you have to add style where you can. My favorite way to do this is to pick out a fun, unique light fixture!

Special lighting can add so much style and character to a room. I fell in love with this modern brass chandelier from Walmart. It’s almost an exact dupe for a designer version that costs 8 times as much! The scale is perfect for the room and with 4 bulbs it gives off such nice light compared to our previous fluorescent light fixture.

modern brass light fixture in laundry room

there’s a sneak peek at our new blue cabinets! 

Here’s some more cute lighting options:

4. Add Some Life with Plants

small plant and pink pillow on bench

This is a tip that I didn’t realize until several years ago. Many times, I felt like my rooms were just falling flat. 

They were lifeless. 

If you pick up any magazine or look at all those gorgeous professionally styled images on Pinterest or Instagram, you’ll notice a common thread. 

Every single one of those pictures has a plant (or two or three) in them!! The greenery adds life and texture to the photo, not to mention real plants do wonders to your air quality at home too. 

So I encourage you all to tuck a small plant somewhere in your laundry room. Either up on a shelf, in a basket on the floor, or even sit one in the sink like I did. They bring life to the room and are easily watered too πŸ™‚

ferns in a laundry room sink

5. Finish with Accessories

mauve pink pillow

And the final tip is to finish out your space with a few carefully curated accessories. This cute blush pillow adds just the right amount of texture to the space. And it is UNDER $15. Such a great deal!!

baskets and towels in laundry room

Baskets, fluffy towels, and a vase with faux stems are also great styling accessories to add to your small laundry room. Here’s some more great options:

I hope you’ve enjoyed these small laundry room ideas. Be sure to come back next week to see the full laundry room reveal! 

And for even more inspiration, take a look at the laundry/mudroom reveal from Mouse House. The floors turned out soooo good!

And don’t forget to Pin this post to Pinterest – it helps me tremendously as it gets more eyeballs on my blog. Thank you so much for your help & support πŸ™‚

5 Must Haves for small laundry rooms

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  1. Hello! I love the bedroom paint color in the Fixer Upper Shotgun Houseβ€”it looks like a peacock/teal color. Would you perhaps know the name and manufacturer?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Phyllis – I don’t know the exact color she used, but you could try Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore for a similar look πŸ™‚ But definitely grab a sample first to make sure it works in your space. Thanks for stopping by!

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