Washer and dryer

Hidden Laundry Rooms

It's not often we're blown away by a laundry room. In fact, many homeowners we visit try hard to hide this space. They'll speed-walk past a closed door, offering only, "In there is just the laundry room. You don't want to see that."

But face it: we all eventually do laundry, and it's simpler than you may think to make this work space pleasant. Just steal some tricks from the following laundry rooms we love -- all offer clever layout, attention to details that simplify washing, and elegant solutions to that eternal challenge: how to hide ugly appliances? We can't promise your family will fight to do the laundry, but you won't have to hide this room from guests.

Laundry room

Laundry Love

There's something about the laundry closet that attracts embarrassing mess. Not so with this remodeled space that brings order to a weekly chore.

This utility closet has been turned into a built-in piece of furniture that looks good and works hard, masterfully hiding the washer and dryer. Upper cabinets hold detergent and supplies. On the bottom, bifold doors access the machines. Molding between the units and on the bottom of the cabinet is separate and can be easily removed in case the machines need repair.

Laundry room

Clever Laundry Rooms

Efficient design and a little construction turned this long hallway into a full-service laundry zone. Three lower cabinet doors pull open to reveal plastic-coated wire hampers. The open-sided bins allow soiled clothes and damp towels to breathe, which prevents mildew between wash loads. In the end, it's a convenient, light-filled space where function is disguised with style.

Laundry room in closet


The homeowners turned the door around so it faced the hall. A pull-out shelf in the center of the appliance makes fast work of folding clothes. To add interest to the space, the couple chose a French door for the closet. They then installed a custom cabinet, painted a glossy white, next to the closet.It features three pull-out hampers and ample storage space for linens and detergent.

Laundry room

Hall Laundry Area

Because this side entrance hall doubles as a laundry area, guests routinely arrived to be greeted by... the washer and dryer. That is, until the homeowners devised a clever disguise.

A piece of solid maple rests directly on top of the front-loading appliances; it provides a great spot for folding laundry. Because the countertop isn't permanently attached, it can easily be removed if either unit needs repair work.

The durable upholstery-weight skirt material is attached to a shower curtain tension rod. Making it a breeze to access the appliances, the skirt is divided into three sections.

Across from the washer and dryer is a full wall of cabinets that are painted a crisp white. They extend to the ceiling, providing maximum storage. Filled with vases, china, and cleaning items, the cabinets are a perfectly organized catch-all.

Laundry Room Chic
Anita Calero

Chic Laundry Rooms

Turn a lackluster laundry room into a place that’s a pleasure to work in. Pretty wallpaper and a handy utility sink turn it into a flowery workstation for everyday chores.


Laundry room

Concealed Laundry

By concealing a front-loading washer and dryer in a custom cabinet, this space becomes multipurpose. One minute it's a fully functional laundry with plenty of room for folding and hanging clothes. Then, once clothes are put away, it becomes a decorative serving area.

The key to this laundry solution is the front-loading washer and dryer, because a square cabinet fits around the appliances to conceal them. Although front-loading appliances may cost more than standard units (full-size stacking units are a similar investment), they are worth every additional penny when making an awkward, little-used space more efficient.

Stenciled motifs on each door provide a distinctive finishing touch. Although this family chose to use sliding doors, a piece of fabric or a standard door made to fit the cabinet would also work.

laundry room combined with an area for crafts
Photo: John O'Hagan; Stylist: Lisa Powell

Laundry and Craft Rooms

The sink in this stylish and functional laundry room has a wall-mounted faucet; the backsplash is made up of festive glass tiles. Cabinetry, with beaded-board fronts, surrounds three walls.

a colorful laundry room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Laundry Room Makeovers

A small, dull utility area gets a wake-up call with wallpaper, painted cabinets, and a checkerboard-pattern floor. You can cover linoleum with inexpensive vinyl composite tiles (around 57 cents each) available at home-improvement stores. They come in a variety of colors, so you can create a custom look. Art can also wake a dull room up, and it doesn't have to come from a gallery. Start looking for wall ideas everywhere you go. Here, colorful plaques based on vintage vegetable crates ($10 each) hang from burlap twine to cover the electrical outlets and utility hook-ups.

Laundry basket

More Tips

• Invest in wicker baskets or attractive metal tins for your detergent and other laundry supplies.

• Hang plates, fun art, or other accessories on the walls.

• Install cabinets to keep seldom-used items and less-than-attractive necessities, such as scrub brushes and stain removers, out of sight.

Printed From: