Laundry Room Design Ideas

Laundry designs seldom receive the attention they deserve, especially considering how often they’re used. A well-planned laundry, complete with built-in cabinets, a laundry sink, washing machine and clothes dryer, can serve many needs. It can help simplify your household chores; store drying clothes and cleaning products; and can even provide a spot for you to groom pets.

Because of its hardworking, multipurpose potential, a laundry renovation is a worthwhile investment. Smart laundry designs have layouts that save you time and effort. For example, a washing machine and clothes dryer should be positioned next to one another or stacked, and laundry baskets and hampers should be within easy reach; while an ironing board should be stowed by a power point. Ample storage, bench space for laundry baskets and practical lighting are also essential.

Browse the photos on Houzz for efficient laundry ideas, from layouts and storage to appliances, and strike up a conversation with the designers of your favourite laundry renovations. For more laundry ideas, browse the Stories section on Houzz.

How do I add storage to my laundry?


A combination of storage solutions is key to running an efficient laundry. Include shelves above or beside the washing machine to store washing detergent, softener and other cleaning products; and laundry bins for dirty clothes. Consider a custom-built cupboard for an ironing board, so it can easily fold out when you need it, or mount the ironing board directly to the wall or on the back of a door. A retractable clothesline is a handy addition to dry delicate clothes, while a clothes hanger mounted to the wall is ideal for hanging freshly pressed shirts.

What else can I use my laundry for?


Multipurpose laundry rooms or utility rooms can help save valuable space in your home. The laundry sink can be used to bathe your furry friends; your laundry cupboard can store sports equipment, gardening tools and umbrellas; and a spare nook can be filled with a desk and chair to create an office space while you wait for your load to finish. If your laundry is at the front of the house, consider using it as a drop station for mail, mobile phones and keys. Include a bench seat or stool, wall-mounted hooks for bags and a coat stand and it can even be used as a place to get the kids organised before you walk out the front door.

How can I decorate my laundry?


Laundries are usually filled to the brim with appliances and storage, so take advantage of your walls when decorating and use cheery paint colours or wallpaper to make doing the chores more pleasant! Fun signs, posters, murals and wall decals will also add character to the space. Think of your storage as decor, too – look for bins and baskets with decorative touches, and use brightly-coloured or patterned hangers.
Photo of a contemporary single-wall laundry cupboard in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, medium hardwood floors, a side-by-side washer and dryer, brown floor and white benchtop.

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Photo of a contemporary single-wall laundry cupboard in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, medium hardwood floors, a side-by-side washer and dryer, brown floor and white benchtop.
Like the idea of washer and dryer being housed in cupboards that close - tarasimoneworner

This is an example of a contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Perth with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, a side-by-side washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.

This is an example of a contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Perth with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, a side-by-side washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.
hanging rail and basket storage in floor to ceiling cabinets - jane_99

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This is an example of a small transitional single-wall utility room in Melbourne with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, beige cabinets, granite benchtops, porcelain floors, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor, beige walls and beige benchtop.

Mark Fergus
This is an example of a small transitional single-wall utility room in Melbourne with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, beige cabinets, granite benchtops, porcelain floors, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor, beige walls and beige benchtop.
Laundry leads into toilet/shower - angeb14

Inspiration for a small contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Melbourne with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz benchtops, grey walls, medium hardwood floors, a concealed washer and dryer, brown floor and grey benchtop.

Contemporary warehouse apartment in Collingwood. Photography by Shania Shegedyn
Inspiration for a small contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Melbourne with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz benchtops, grey walls, medium hardwood floors, a concealed washer and dryer, brown floor and grey benchtop.
colours & decor for main bathroom /laundry - agcrawley87

Photo of a country laundry room in Brisbane.

John Downs
Photo of a country laundry room in Brisbane.
Layout is nice. Probably not the timber bench top - davidandvanessa

Design ideas for a contemporary dedicated laundry room in Other with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey walls, a stacked washer and dryer, beige floor and grey benchtop.

Design ideas for a contemporary dedicated laundry room in Other with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey walls, a stacked washer and dryer, beige floor and grey benchtop.

Inspiration for a contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Wollongong with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white walls, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor and black benchtop.

Inspiration for a contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Wollongong with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white walls, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor and black benchtop.
Good way to organise laundry when we extend room for flat external wall - reem_cracknell

Modern dedicated laundry room in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a side-by-side washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.

Modern dedicated laundry room in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a side-by-side washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.
Nice use of lighting, colour scheme. - slbmoir

Design ideas for a beach style single-wall dedicated laundry room in Central Coast with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, medium hardwood floors, a side-by-side washer and dryer, brown floor and brown benchtop.

Colin Charles
Design ideas for a beach style single-wall dedicated laundry room in Central Coast with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, medium hardwood floors, a side-by-side washer and dryer, brown floor and brown benchtop.
Shelves, not over-head cupboards - tamarajason_young

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Inspiration for a mid-sized country laundry cupboard in Melbourne with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, marble benchtops, a drop-in sink, white walls and medium hardwood floors.

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Inspiration for a mid-sized country laundry cupboard in Melbourne with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, marble benchtops, a drop-in sink, white walls and medium hardwood floors.
Laundry... add a workbench on top of washing machine - nonster85

Design ideas for a modern l-shaped laundry room in Melbourne with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.

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Design ideas for a modern l-shaped laundry room in Melbourne with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.
hanging rod below the overheads - webuser_38479191015

Contemporary single-wall utility room in Canberra - Queanbeyan with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, concrete floors, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.

Contemporary single-wall utility room in Canberra - Queanbeyan with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, concrete floors, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.
add shelving all the way to top, remove dryer(?) put a drying pole infront of shelf. - arty_statiras

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Wollongong with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, laminate benchtops, white walls, grey floor, white benchtop and laminate floors.

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Wollongong with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, laminate benchtops, white walls, grey floor, white benchtop and laminate floors.
Long bench and overhead cupboards - melissa_harper44

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary single-wall laundry room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, white walls, a stacked washer and dryer, black floor and white benchtop.

Tad Ferguson
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary single-wall laundry room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, white walls, a stacked washer and dryer, black floor and white benchtop.
Window between washer and drier. - shaneenebrunton

Beach style single-wall dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, multi-coloured floor and beige benchtop.

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Beach style single-wall dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, multi-coloured floor and beige benchtop.
similar to our laundry regarding layout. sliding doors on cabinets would be perfect - laney05

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, a side-by-side washer and dryer, multi-coloured floor and beige benchtop.

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, a side-by-side washer and dryer, multi-coloured floor and beige benchtop.
Simple colour scheme with bold tiles - daniela_anastasopoulos

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Contemporary laundry room in Brisbane.

Contemporary laundry room in Brisbane.
Laundry - tiles and black cabinets. - deborah_burke98

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, quartzite benchtops, white walls, a side-by-side washer and dryer, grey floor and white benchtop.

This little fibro home in Mermaid Beach has undergone a huge transformation! Smith & Sons Gold Coast Central have extended the home giving our clients a new laundry, kid’s playroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living room that seamlessly flows onto the beautiful new deck. The new kitchen and butler’s pantry boast beautiful fish scale tiles, Velux skylights and Quantum Quartz bench tops in ‘Michelangelo’.
mixed upper - cupboards and rack above sink - holly_kania