25 Cheap Laundry Room Updates You Can DIY
Make laundry day less of a drag with these simple and cheap laundry room updates. You’ll thank us because of all the time you’ll save!
Tips for the Perfect Laundry Room
This laundry room has several clever tips you can put to work in your own laundry area. In this space, we placed laundry baskets on open shelves to keep the baskets off the floor. Or make runners for the baskets to slide on by modifying the wooden tracks. Plus, make fun cabinet door pulls from clothespins attached to ó-in. lengths of wooden dowel. These 20 small laundry room ideas make the most of what little space you have in your laundry or utility room.
DIY Washboard Memo Station and Cupboard
Use this DIY vintage washboard memo station project as your one stop shop before you leave the house and customize it to fit your specific needs. This project would also look great in a laundry room as a clever storage solution. Get the step-by-step project directions for this project here.
Create an Ironing Center
To keep your ironing gear handy but out from underfoot, make this simple ironing center in a couple of hours. All you need is a 10-ft. 1×8, a 2-ft. piece of 1×6 for the shelves and a pair of hooks to hang your ironing board. Here are 10 laundry mistakes you didn’t know you were making.
Instant Drying Rack
Does your family have a lot of clothes that cannot be put in the drier? Even those collapsible drying racks with several bars for draping wet clothes still aren’t enough for big laundry days. And if you hang wet clothes on top of wet clothes, it lengthens the dry time significantly and can even leave your clothes smelling a little musty.
To fix your air-drying space shortage:
- Grab a 1×2 board from your scrap stash in the garage
- Trim it to fit across a few joists overhead in your basement laundry room.
- Tack it in place with a heavy-duty nail in each joist.
- Then you can air-dry several more pieces of clothing using hangers!
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Skinny Laundry Room Cart
Write Notes on the Washer
Stop shrinking your sweaters! When you put a load of clothes into your washing machine, use a dry-erase marker to note on the lid which items should not go into the dryer. That way, whoever switches the load from the washing machine to the dryer will know which items to leave out for line drying.
The enamel finish on most washing machine lids is similar to a whiteboard, and dry-erase markers can be removed easily with a dry paper towel.
Up and Out of the Way
Hang an ironing board on double coat hooks from the hardware store. This will keep this otherwise in the way tool up and out of the way. Simply hang the double coat hooks wherever you have space in your laundry room.
DIY Washer Pedestal
Pedestals for front-loading washing machines and dryers can cost hundreds. Save your money—you can build your own bases from standard lumber in an hour. Here’s how to build these pedestals.
Cardboard Box Bag Dispenser
Need a way to store all of those plastic bags you get from most stores? Here’s an idea: Straighten them out and stack them into an organized pile. Then place the pile in a small cardboard box. Cut a hole in the box so you can pull out one bag at a time as you need it. This works great at our garage sales when we need to bag items for our customers! — John Mylander
This plastic bag dispenser would also be handy in the basement or wherever you keep your cat’s litter box or near your dog’s leash. Then you’ll have a stash of bags ready when it’s time to clean up after your pet.
Pretty and Practical Box Shelves
These simple box shelves work equally well in a formal setting and a utilitarian room, like the laundry or garage. They offer an unlimited number of uses and arrangements. Hang some above the washer and dryer to store detergent, dryer sheets, and other laundry room necessities without taking up any valuable floor space.
Paint Stick to Clean Lint Buildup
Even if you empty your dryer’s lint trap before each load, chances are there is still lint buildup around the area that could potentially cause a fire. So it’s important to deep clean the area once in a while, and this handy hint will get the job done.
Wrap a clean rag around one end of a paint stir stick. Remove the lint trap and clean out the area with the rag-covered stick. To help the lint stick to the rag, dampen it with water first. Plus, check out these other dryer lint cleaning tips.
Bright Ideas for Organizing Your Laundry Room
With a plan, a pegboard and a few space-saving tricks, these bright ideas will turn a laundry room into a homey organized hub for washing up.
Simple Hack to Make Any Rug Extra Comfortable
Want to make any rug feel extra plush and luxurious? Add a layer of carpet padding underneath your rug—it’s thicker and cheaper than a typical rug pad. The next time you wash and fold that pile of clothes, your feet will thank you.
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Organize Cleaning Supplies
It can be difficult to keep spray bottles, laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies from falling over and making a mess under your kitchen sink. Thankfully, we have plenty of cabinet organization tips and tricks.
To keep your cleaning supplies upright, hang them from a short tension rod inside your cabinet. Another clever idea is to slide a paper towel roll through the tension rod for easy access.
A Laundry Workbench
Say Goodbye to Wrinkles
Ditch the time-consuming iron or handheld steamer to get wrinkles out of a shirt or slacks. Throw a few ice cubes or a wet washcloth in the dryer with your wrinkled clothes. As the ice melts and the water turns to steam, it will remove the wrinkles. This trick isn’t as effective with heavier clothing but is a miracle for lighter fabrics. The best part is that you don’t have to set the dryer for longer than 10 minutes for it to work.
Above Units Clothes Storage
Folding hanger rods collapse against the wall when they’re not in use, saving valuable space in tiny rooms. They’re great for wet clothes and sporting gear. The Arrow Hanger single- and double-hanger versions shown are available on Amazon.
Quick Drying Laundry Hack
Waiting for clothes to dry is annoying. Especially if you’re in a hurry. My solution is to throw in a dry towel with the rest of my wet laundry to speed up the process and get on with my day. Or, you could use one of these 9 ways to dry clothes without a dryer.
Homemade Laundry Detergent that Actually Works
Making homemade laundry detergent can help save you money, not to mention you can eliminate harmful ingredients that can hurt the environment and cause skin irritation. Plus, once you have the ingredients on hand, it’s easy to make. Here’s how to make this DIY laundry detergent.
Photo: Courtesy of Brett Gardner
Slide Out Laundry Hamper
Keep your dirty clothes off the floor with this slide-out laundry hamper! Simply use a garbage cabinet rollout system and replace the trash bin with a laundry bag.
Convert an Unfinished Laundry Area Into a Laundry Room
Create a fresh, clean workspace in your laundry room. We walk you through the toughest part—reworking the plumbing and adding the new sink. Follow these how-to photos and instructions to turn your unfinished laundry area into a finished laundry room that’ll better meet your needs.
Drying Rack for Delicates
When its arms are open, this compact drying rack looks a little like an octopus! The top hook goes over a shower curtain rod and the clips hold light items. When everything’s dry, fold it up and you can use it as a regular hanger. Check out this ingenious tip for keeping a tension rod from slipping.
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