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.
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.
I like this tiling. - rebecca_pezzutti

Inspiration for a contemporary galley laundry room in Other with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, beige floor and white benchtop.

Liz Andrews Photography and Design
Inspiration for a contemporary galley laundry room in Other with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, beige floor and white benchtop.
This is awesome. So much space to fold stuff and the hanging space to dry is perfect. Definitely a favourite. - webuser_489776666

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Photo of a mid-sized transitional single-wall dedicated laundry room in Melbourne with white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls, ceramic floors, grey floor, brown benchtop, a drop-in sink and recessed-panel cabinets.

Howard is very photogenic and keen to be involved in our photo shoot. The newly added laundry is medium sized, featuring plenty of storage and counter space. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
As having outward opening door instead of sliding, side window next to door instead of in wall. Allows overhead cabinets - webuser_82951915

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.

Louise Roche - The Design Villa - @villastyling
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.
Timber bench, white cupboard and feature floor tiles - webuser_113719963

Photo of an expansive country galley utility room in Melbourne with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz benchtops, concrete floors, grey floor, white benchtop and grey walls.

Natural materials come together so beautifully in this huge, laundry / mud room. Tim Turner Photography
Photo of an expansive country galley utility room in Melbourne with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz benchtops, concrete floors, grey floor, white benchtop and grey walls.
Love the drying/ironing rods for hanging - ev_gross

Photo of a beach style single-wall dedicated laundry room in Sunshine Coast with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, white floor and white benchtop.

Noosa Villa - Interior Design by Kim Black Design of Brisbane and Photography by Louise Roche
Photo of a beach style single-wall dedicated laundry room in Sunshine Coast with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white walls, white floor and white benchtop.
Big sliding door on laundry with greenery outside - webuser_933968896

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

Design ideas for a contemporary l-shaped laundry room in Perth with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, grey floor and white benchtop.

Western Select Products
Design ideas for a contemporary l-shaped laundry room in Perth with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, grey floor and white benchtop.
If you've got the space, use it wisely! - webuser_355979241

Inspiration for a small contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Perth with a drop-in sink, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, grey walls, porcelain floors, grey floor, white benchtop and flat-panel cabinets.

Inspiration for a small contemporary galley dedicated laundry room in Perth with a drop-in sink, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, grey walls, porcelain floors, grey floor, white benchtop and flat-panel cabinets.
You can never have too much overhead storage! - webuser_355979241

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

Modern dedicated laundry room in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey floor and white benchtop.
Layout good, just needs a hanging rail - gam_sarah

This is an example of a contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with a drop-in sink, open cabinets, grey walls, grey floor and white benchtop.

Steve Ryan
This is an example of a contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Gold Coast - Tweed with a drop-in sink, open cabinets, grey walls, grey floor and white benchtop.
Thought you might like this one! - webuser_841081419

Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional u-shaped utility room in Sydney with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, white benchtop, a drop-in sink and a stacked washer and dryer.

Live By the Sea Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional u-shaped utility room in Sydney with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, white benchtop, a drop-in sink and a stacked washer and dryer.
integrated laundry and pantry - cazboyd_51

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

Photo of a contemporary u-shaped utility room in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets and white walls.

Photo of a contemporary u-shaped utility room in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets and white walls.
Laundry as a side room, continued off the kitchen - ipcl

Inspiration for a contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Perth with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls and brown benchtop.

Putra Indrawan
Inspiration for a contemporary single-wall dedicated laundry room in Perth with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white walls and brown benchtop.
idea of mirror in laundry to open space up - kier_va

This is an example of a contemporary laundry room in Melbourne with an undermount sink and white walls.

This is an example of a contemporary laundry room in Melbourne with an undermount sink and white walls.
Along wall current sink and under window - shelves above sink - holli371

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall utility room in Brisbane with quartz benchtops, porcelain floors, a stacked washer and dryer, beige floor, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, beige walls and white benchtop.

Rozenn Leard
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall utility room in Brisbane with quartz benchtops, porcelain floors, a stacked washer and dryer, beige floor, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, beige walls and white benchtop.
Laundry Raised washer and dryer - gael_middelveld

This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary l-shaped utility room in Melbourne with porcelain floors, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, grey floor and white walls.

Tatjana Plitt
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary l-shaped utility room in Melbourne with porcelain floors, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, grey floor and white walls.
Feature tiles This laundry is both practical and pleasing to the eye, thanks to the abundance of storage and a sophisticated colour palette. The encaustic feature tiles on the floor and splashback add visual interest without overpowering the space. Designer tip: Look for a hardwearing yet cost-effective tile that is a bit more daring than just plain white. The laundry is a space where you can be a bit more adventurous than you might dare in the rest of your home. - pshipley99