If your laundry room is located in the basement you make it open and spacious areas. However, I understand that it can be hard to figure out how to maximize the space. I’ve shared some tips below that will help you understand how to upgrade your laundry room so it’s at its highest productivity level.
The basement laundry room ideas you’ll find below will range from simple DIY projects to more expensive additions that will add value to your home. You’re sure to find several ideas to inspire you to get started by revamping your basement laundry room.
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1. Large Countertop with a Built-In Sink
Any laundry room whether it’s located in the basement or not can benefit from a large countertop that has a built-in sink. Adding this allows you a decent amount of space to fold and sort your freshly cleaned clothes and rinse any clothes that need to have stubborn stains removed. You can also wash out the caps to your softener and detergent if you use them to measure the correct amount of each. If you don’t have the extra space for a large countertop area, you can just add a sink with a countertop over your appliances. The possibilities are endless with this idea so no matter what kind of space you have there’s a way to incorporate this idea.
2. Add a Slide Out Drying Rack
This is a great space saver for those with smaller basement laundry rooms or for those who are looking to save as much space as possible. Adding a slide-out drying rack allows you a decent amount of space to hang your freshly cleaned clothes that can’t go in the dryer. If you’re looking for a storage idea you could also use this to store things like rags or towels. You can see in the beautiful modern laundry room pictured above that they not only integrated a washing machine and dryer built-in design, but also a slide-out drying rack for a more efficient laundry session. This is another idea with endless possibilities, no matter what kind of space you have there’s a way to incorporate this idea.
3. Add Bold Patterns
Have you been looking for a place to incorporate bolder colors and patterns and have a more fun-looking space? Basement laundry rooms are a great place to do this! Basements are a great place to have fun and go bold with your design. As you can see in the photo above, geometric wallpaper adds a ton of personality to this storage room and laundry area! Of course, you don’t have to go with geometric patterns. You can go floral or even abstract. While I recommend adding a bold wallpaper if patterns aren’t your thing you can always just go bold with color! This could be light blue, bright pink, royal purple, etc!
4. Paint the Floor
If you have an unfinished basement with a laundry room in it then a great idea that will allow you to brighten it up is to paint the floor! Most likely your unfinished basement floor is concrete and painting the concrete floor is quicker than laying down tile. However, I would like to note there’s definitely some work involved. It’s not as simple as just slapping on a layer of paint. The concrete floor has to be cleaned and cracks need to be repaired with liquid cement crack filler. Once those things are done you’re ready to paint. The photo above shows the homeowner painting the floor gray, which is a great neutral color. Alternatively, you could go bright to add some flair!
5. Add a Large Countertop for A Lot of Folding Space
If you have a large family you know that it can seem like you’re constantly doing loads of laundry between all the clothes and towels. You’ll have lots of things to fold and hang each week. This is where a large countertop comes in handy! An open countertop area like the one pictured above allows you plenty of room to complete washing and folding tasks with ease. This particular countertop has a lower shelf built into it. This is a great place to store leftover laundry hampers or extra supplies. This is a great way to make use of your space without making your basement laundry room feel cramped.
6. Add a Backsplash
Backsplashes are a great way to add some detail without having to spend an entire day on a project. This is one of the easier basement laundry room ideas. The glamorous-looking laundry room photographed above definitely maximizes all space it occupies. The homeowner was smart to use a metal backsplash because the tiles’ have a reflective surface that makes the space feel bigger than it actually is. A white countertop was placed above the washer and dryer for folding space that’s easily accessible. The vertical space is used for cabinets and an area to hang clothes that need to air-dry. All of the components listed above create a perfect multi-functional laundry room area.
7. Utilize Accents and Accessories
A lot of basement laundry rooms, unfinished or not, really don’t have any decoration or style. If your laundry room basement is like this, don’t worry I understand. It really is a common thing. Usually, there’s just a washer, dryer, some kind of sink, and maybe even an upright freezer. This kind of setup is far from the most attractive place in the house. If you’re looking to up the look of your basement laundry room accents and accessories go a long way! As seen in the photo above adding a wood table and countertop, wall art, a patterned rub, and other home decor items add tons of style and charm to the space.
8. Rugs Go A Long Way
Trust me, I know a rug doesn’t seem like much but they really can add a lot of style to a room. Of course, a rug can only do so much so I recommend painting your floors and ceilings first. Once you’ve done that you can also purchase and add a laundry room rug to spice up the look of your basement laundry room. It’s not a laundry room makeover but a rug will add some style and it’ll also protect your feet, knees, and back since it gives you something soft to stand on while doing your laundry.
9. Add Shelving
Do you find that you don’t have enough built-in shelf or storage space in your basement laundry room? The best recommendation I can give you for this is to add an extra shelving unit or two (if you can)! I understand that this may not be ideal since these will take up a significant amount of space but in my opinion, it’s worth it because it gives you extra space to store your laundry supplies. This could be extra detergent and softener to hampers. The shelving unit pictured above has a built-in hanging rack which is ideal. This is an easy way to add organization to your laundry room if you find that items are strewn around.
10. Add a Washbin for a Farmhouse Look
Does your basement laundry room have a farmhouse look? If not, are you looking to make your laundry room have a more farmhouse feel? Whatever the case, adding a washbin is a great way to achieve this. In the photo above you can see that the designer went for a farmhouse retro look by adding a movable tin washbasin. A washbasin is great for washing delicate clothes, underwear, or even small pets!
11. Surround the Washer and Dryer with Storage
Is your basement laundry room just an open area? Is your washer and dryer just kind of lost in the wide-open space? If so, the perfect way to tie everything together is to surround the washer and dryer with storage! This could be with shelves, tables, carts, and racks. What kind of storage to surround your appliances with is completely up to you! The tracks used to hold up the shelves and rods in the photo above can be installed on both drywall and masonry walls. Two tables were used to create one large countertop over the washer and dryer while a laundry cart and freestanding racks with drawers provide plenty of storage.
12. Add a Pegboard
Adding a pegboard to your basement laundry room is a great way to get the best of both worlds. Installing a pegboard on your basement walls is not only a great way to hide the walls if they’re lacking color but also a great way to store your laundry necessities. As you can see in the photo above you can hang almost anything you’ll need from a pegboard. An ironing board, baskets for storage, dirty clothes bins, and even decorations if you need to add some flair and liven up the laundry room. Pegboards come in various sizes so you’ll definitely be able to find something that works for you.
13. Add a Countertop Over Your Washer and Dryer
If you like the idea of adding a countertop to your basement laundry room but don’t have the room for one, I have some good news for you! You can install a countertop over your washer and dryer. I would like to note that this design only works if you have front-loading machines. This will give you plenty of room for sorting and folding your clean laundry. This idea can also work for those who want to save as much space as possible whether it be because you’d like for the utility room to take up as little space as possible or just like the convenience of having your countertop right in front of you.
14. Save Space By Putting Appliances in the Wall
Are you looking to save as much space as possible? This is the ultimate way to do so. The walls are painted with a marigold color which contrasts really well with the black and white color scheme of the cabinetry used in this small laundry room. The washing machine and dryer are placed on a recessed ledge on the wall that is slightly raised off the floor. This is one of the more intense basement laundry room ideas but not only does it save space but it also makes both the washing machine and dryer doors more accessible. Your back will thank you for this!
There are the 14 Basement Laundry Room Ideas! I hope this buying guide helped you figure out how to revamp your basement laundry room! Do you have a favorite idea from this list? What’s your basement laundry room like currently? Do you plan on redoing your laundry room after reading this article? Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!
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