When space is tight, a compact laundry that utilises every nook and cranny is key. Here are our top tips to help make small laundries feel bigger

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Small laundry

Mudrooms and large laundries may be all the rage, but not all of us have the space for such luxuries. Compact laundries get the job done in a fraction of the space and are ideal for petite homes, apartments and small families.

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Tips for small laundries

  • Open shelves make everything easily accessible and save on cupboard door clearance space.
  • Front-loading appliances allow for more bench space and are more water-efficient – must be good for laundries, right?
  • If you can, build storage all the way to the ceiling to maximise your use of space.
  • “Fold-out ironing boards might seem clever but it’s nicer to be able to move the ironing board around, eg to a warmer part of the house in winter,” says Lucy Sargent from Pocketspace Interiors. Install a tall, skinny cupboard or recessed shelf for your ironing board, and don’t forget a designated shelf or cubby for the iron.
  • A mirrored splash-back reflects light and makes small laundries feel larger. Glossy cupboard paint finishes have the same effect on your perspective of the size of small laundries

A few space-saving extras

  • An adjustable rail for hanging damp or ironed clothes.
  • A suspended laundry rack to fully utilise spare ceiling space.
  • A pull-out shelf for resting the laundry basket on, or for folding clothes.
  • Pull-out hampers for easy dumping and sorting of clothes.
  • Under-shelf storage to make use of every centimetre of space.
  • Make open shelving work harder with labelled baskets for delicates, whites, sportsgear
  • A bright sliding laundry door will make you smile every time you enter
  • House the laundry in a covered outdoor area, closed off with a sliding door. This allows for direct ventilation and access to an outside clothesline

A laundry is a wet area so you need to treat it that way, with surfaces and flooring that is splash and mould resistant.

A little planning and design can make small laundries the workable space you desire.

Words by: Sally Conor. Photography by: Bauer Syndication.

Lots of light makes sense when you are enclosed in small laundries, ie windows and doors to the outside as ventilation is a key factor, or even a bigger than normal ceiling light fitting, even placing mirrors in the right place can lighten and enlarge small laundries.

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