Now *this* is how you maximize a small space.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated May 17, 2018
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Working around the large washer and dryer, the designer filled in the rest of the space by adding storage wherever possible. Placing a surface on top of both machines creates a workspace for folding laundry or storing detergent. Cabinets under the sink and on the wall hide cleaning supplies out of sight.
Bob Narod / Christie Leu Interiors

When interior designer Christie Leu was tasked with making this 80-square-foot laundry room functional for a family of seven, she knew she had her work cut out for her. But by adding some genius storage solutions (like rolling storage bins that can roam from room to room), the designer made this small space incredibly efficient. Get inspired by the organizing ideas below, then shop Leu's favorite sources to work the solutions into your own home.

Bob Narod / Christie Leu Interiors

The Laundry Room Before

Before the overhaul, the room was a blank slate, without any built-in organizers. The homeowners decided to invest in a new washer and dryer, so Leu knew she had to work these large elements into her grand plan. "We needed to find a way to accommodate the tall, deep machines while keeping the sink at a normal counter height, while still using the space behind the sink as well," she explains. The solution: Every square foot had to have a purpose.

Bob Narod / Christie Leu Interiors

The Big Reveal

Working around the large washer and dryer, the designer filled in the rest of the space by adding storage wherever possible. Placing a surface on top of both machines creates a workspace for folding laundry or storing detergent. Cabinets under the sink and on the wall hide cleaning supplies out of sight.

Bob Narod / Christie Leu Interiors

Install Pull-Down Drying Racks and Ironing Boards

To make use of the wall space in the room, Leu installed both a pull-down drying rack and ironing board. When not in use, the drying rack hugs close to the wall, leaving the console table below open for folding or stacking clothing. The swivel ironing board fits snugly between studs in the wall, and even sneaks in a thin shelving unit to stash your iron and wrinkle-releasing spray. 

To buy: Drying rack, $195, bearpondwoodworks.etsy.com; and Iron-A-Way Ironing Center with Swivel Board, $518, homedepot.com

Bob Narod / Christie Leu Interiors

Sneak in Extra Shelving

Around the bulky washer and dryer, Leu didn't let any space go to waste. Instead, she installed a thin sliding shelving unit to hold detergent and dryer sheets. The organizing unit attaches right to the original cabinet door, so it matches the rest of the cabinetry in the room. Plus, it comes in 5-, 6.5-, or 8-inch widths so you can get the unit that fits perfectly into the space. 

To buy: Rev-a-Shelf Pull-Out Wood Base Cabinet Organizer, $97, amazon.com

Bob Narod / Christie Leu Interiors

Choose Bins That Roll Where Needed

Want to skip the heavy lifting that doing laundry typically requires? Invest in bins on casters that can slide from room to room collecting dirty clothes, and then roll right over to the machine. You'll save yourself from back strain—and the cute hampers double as decor. Consider ordering multiple bins to separate dark and light clothing, or designate one bin for each family member. 

To buy: Canvas baskets, from $99, steelecanvas.com; or Ellie Rolling Hamper, $100, worldmarket.com