Laundry Closet Ideas and Makeover

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If you’re looking to spruce up a laundry closet in your home, here are some laundry closet ideas that are easy to do and make a huge difference!

Laundry closet with woodsy green wallpaper, baskets and open shelving.

We have been doing projects throughout the cabin we bought in Knoxville. One of the first projects we did was the laundry closet. By doing a few simple design updates we were able to create a charming space to do laundry!

Creating a space that you love is so important for living a happy lifestyle. It’s a space you spend so much time in and when it’s well designed and kept clean, it truly can you make you happy!

Laundry Closet Makeover!

Laundry Closet Before

Here is the space before. It had random shelving that needed to be torn out. Taking the shelving out was pretty simple to do and didn’t have to be perfect since we’d be covering it with wallpaper.

Hanging wallpaper in a laundry closet.

Wallpaper is such a great idea for a laundry closet or room. It’s a space in the home that can be fun, bold, and colorful! Since this cabin is surrounded by Tennessee woods, I found this beautiful woodsy, green wallpaper to use.

The wallpaper makes such an impact in the laundry closet. There are hundreds of designs to choose from when picking out the perfect wallpaper! Find something that goes with the theme or color of your home or location.

Laundry closet makeover

Laundry Closet After

My husband has become a pro at wallpapering, so he was able to get it up within a few hours. Here are some tips for hanging wallpaper.

We used the Magnolia Home wallpaper in Forest Green.

GE washer and dryer with the door open in a laundry closet with green wallpaper.

Next, we installed our GE Smart Front Load ENERGY STAR® washer and Smart Front Load Electric Dryer with Steam and Sanitize Cycle.

This was a small challenge because my measuring wasn’t great! The stunning washer and dryer were a little big for space, but with some trial and error, we were able to get them in there nice and snug.

I truly have never owned a better washer and dryer. They are so quiet, wash our clothes beautifully, and have many fun features to use. I’ve never taken clothes out of a dryer smelling better and that stay warm for days! It also dries clothes very quickly.

Oak shelving in a laundry closet with soap, lamps and baskets.

Once the washer and dryer were in the closet, we installed the upper shelving. You’ll want to measure the length of the closet and the depth you want the shelving to be.

Home Depot sells solid oak wood in various sizes. We found one that had an 11″ depth and then cut the length to our needs. Each one was $38 and we painted it with a clear coat sealer.

Sweaters folded on a wood board in a laundry closet

In addition to the shelves, we also purchased a solid piece of wood to go over the washer and dryer to make a table and a folding counter.

Instead of installing this, we added nonslip furniture pads to the bottom of the wood once it was cut and stained and let it rest on top of the washer and dryer.

Washer and dryer in a laundry closet

The open shelving was hung using these affordable, heavy duty brackets.

After everything was installed and finished, I added some fun laundry soaps, baskets, and accessories. See the full list below!

Laundry Closet Accessories

BasketsThese are perfect for storing items that you don’t want to be seen! Cleaning products, household tools, towels, batteries, laundry supplies, etc.

The Laundress washing detergent.

Laundry Soaps – There are many beautiful laundry soaps on the market. The Laundress is what we used.

Laundry Tool Box – Keep stain pens, brushes, essential oils, and other small laundry items in here. We used this one.

Wool Laundry BallsThese are great and I love the bag they come in. Add essential oils to them before tossing them into the dryer with clothes.

Jars – If you have stain removers or use powdered laundry detergent, large jars are great to add to your closet.

Woven basket on an oak shelf with green wallpaper.

Lint Holder – We all know the importance of emptying lint from the dryer after each use. If you don’t have a trash bin nearby purchase a small container to hold the lint.

Stain Remover BrushThis brush helps remove stains on all fabrics. It’s a great addition to have in a laundry closet.

Wooden lamp on an oak shelf with green wallpaper.

Lamp – For any late night laundry folding! We used this one from Target.

Laundry closet with GE washer and dryer

Laundry Closet Lists

Now that you’ve seen our before and after, here’s a recap list of laundry closet ideas you can do to spruce up your space!

  • Open Shelving
  • Wallpaper
  • Storage Baskets
  • Updated Washer and Dyer
  • Folding Table
  • Hooks
  • Updated Laundry Supplies

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I organize my laundry closet?

First, start by adding shelving and baskets to place items. Use hooks to hang brooms or dustpans. Labels are great for organizing items too. Use the back of the doors if you have room to hang items.

How much space do you need for a laundry closet?

If you’re building a new laundry closet, give yourself extra room! Extra room in the back, the front, and the sides. Measure the size of the washer and dryer and make sure to give more space. The minimum would be 40″ deep.

Stackable Laundry Closet

If you’re creating a stackable laundry closet, use the entire other side for custom shelving.

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5 thoughts on “Laundry Closet Ideas and Makeover”

  1. Hi Amanda,
    We are thinking of putting bifold doors in front of our washer and dryer to enclose the in our laundry/bathroom combo. I can tell from the pictures that your space is tight. Is opening the washer and dryer doors difficult as in they bump in to the laundry room doors? Any suggestions? Thanks,

  2. I love this design! Love the wallpaper! We are thinking about switching our laundry room into a mudroom and moving the washer and dryer into the main floor closet, but I wonder, where do you keep dirty clothes hampers? We all have our own hampers in our rooms- but always have a dark and lights hamper in our current laundry room.

    • Hi Amanda! We keep our hampers in our rooms. I take the baskets down daily and do small loads of dark and whites. I have never had a large laundry room and it’s always been fine and worked out!


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