The 10 Most-Loved Laundry Rooms of 2017
Pullout hampers, pet-washing stations and roll-out shelves are among the great ideas in these popular laundry rooms
Bryan Anthony December 21, 2017
Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, design enthusiast, reader, softball player.
There might be no way to make you love doing laundry, but the features found in this year’s most-loved laundry rooms can definitely make the task more enjoyable. Here’s a look (in reverse order) at the most popular laundry rooms uploaded in 2017, as measured by how many Houzz users saved them to their ideabooks.
10. Air-dry. Even with ventilation, laundry rooms can get pretty stuffy. This San Francisco space gets around that with a Dutch door to let in breezes and views. While this room does include a dryer, taking some pieces out early to air-dry saves energy and provides a natural freshness that dryer sheets can’t quite copy.
9. Spiritual cleanse. If you have to spend time doing laundry, you might as well make the process as relaxing as possible. In this laundry room, the mint green glass-tile backsplash covering the walls creates a serene, spa-like feel for a utilitarian space. White cabinetry adds to the airy look, and the woven baskets and plant add warmth and texture.
8. Colored cabinets. Interior designer Cynthia Soda designed this laundry room for her mother. “My mom said she wanted ‘an eclectic-modern-retro-vintage-cheerful laundry,’” Soda says. “I said, ‘Mom, that’s not a thing, those are just a bunch of words linked together,’ but I tried to hit each one of those words in the design.”
Soda added some retro charm with light blue cabinets covered in Benjamin Moore’s Gossamer Blue and a vintage-inspired light fixture.
7. Wheeled bins. The builders of this laundry room worked in ample counter space and large wheeled bins, which is a great way to protect your back from not having to bend and lift a heavy hamper. The wallpaper in this laundry brings an added dose of joy to the space while staying within a neutral color palette.
6. Pet-washing station. A laundry room is a great place for including pet-friendly features, especially if your laundry area is by a back or side entrance. A pet-washing station like the one pictured here is handy for washing off mud, lake water or that mysterious smell.
5. Multipurpose. If you have the extra space, a laundry room is great for incorporating other functions, such as craft areas, work stations, message centers and more. That way you can double up on your productivity during a busy work and laundry day.
This laundry room features a multiuse island for folding and gift-wrapping, with drawers, shelves and an open area for leg and knee space or a rolling laundry cart.
4. Custom drying rack. Designer Carly Visser created this laundry room for parents with two young kids. The space features custom drying racks specifically for baby clothes and small items, which can be laid across the bars to air-dry. If anything has to be hand-washed, the farmhouse sink next to the washer and dryer can be used.
3. Double up. This laundry room is a dream if you have lots of kids and lots of dirty clothes. Two washing machines and dryers means you can get through your laundry twice as fast. The space also features a pullout drying rack for your delicates.
2. Pullout hamper. If you carry a load of dirty clothes to the laundry but don’t have time to run a load, a pullout hamper can be an ideal storage spot. This kind of cabinetry works just like a trash-recycle pullout cabinet, but with hampers for sorting clothes rather than garbage.
1. Roll-out shelf. In this compact laundry room, a stackable washer and dryer left plenty of room for storage next to it. The extendable shelf can be pulled out as an ironing board base when needed. Designer Amy Storm says she designed the shelf so that her client could stash a small portable ironing board there and use the shelf as a base for the board. For quick touchups, she could also throw a towel on the shelf and iron an item on it.