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Top 10 Small Laundry Room Cabinet Ideas

April 15, 2022 | Updated on: November 26, 2023

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A laundry room is an area in the house where clothes are washed and dried. Most people think laundry rooms are not essential. They would usually place their washing machine in their garage or under the counter of the kitchen area. This is quite alright especially if you have limited space.

However, laundry rooms become a necessity especially if you’re in a family of five or more. The more people in the house means the more laundry. You don’t really want to see all these unwashed clothes just lying everywhere due to the lack of space where they should be kept. If you really don’t have an extra room to convert into a laundry room, perhaps this blog will help. We gathered 10 small laundry room cabinet ideas that might work in your tiny space. Read on to find out what these are.

  1. Laundry room cabinets with sink

laundry room with sink and cabinets

If you have an existing sink outside your kitchen, near the garage, or in the utility area, you can transform that space into a small laundry room with cabinets. The sink is one of the most essential fixtures to have in the laundry room. Since what we do in the laundry is to wash clothes, we use the sink more often. When considering having a small laundry room in the house, think of where the sink should be first.

  1. Washer dryer cabinet enclosures

laundry cabinets for washer and dryer

Another unique way of putting a laundry area in a very limited space is to put your washer dryer equipment in an enclosed space. Cabinets for washer and dryer are one among the many common enclosures. When using cabinets to tuck away the washer and dryer, leave at least 1 inch of space between the appliance’s surface and the wall and at least 4 inches of space between the back of the washer and dryer and the rear wall. You can opt for a cabinet with doors or simply hang a curtain to conceal them when not in use.

Cabinet Doors

  1. Corner cabinet laundry room

Do you have a tiny corner, nook, or dead space in your home? Make use of it and see if you can transform it into a small laundry area or add small cabinets. Laundry room corner cabinets can hold at least one washer and one dryer. If the space is not enough to include cabinets, go for open cabinets for the laundry room. You can use this space to place baskets and a couple of things that are essential when washing clothes.

  1. Open-shelving laundry room

small laundry rooms with open shelving

Open shelving is recommended for tiny spaces such as corner laundry rooms and small laundry rooms with cabinets. Having open shelves creates the illusion that the space is less narrow. Open shelves also keep the laundry room clutter-free since you can’t leave your things behind or else your laundry area will look disorganized. The shelves will basically serve as a stopping point for your laundry before they go to the washer and after they are dried.

  1. Narrow laundry cabinet

narrow cabinets for little space laundry

Cabinets are important in the laundry room but with very little space, squeezing a cabinet can be really challenging. However, this does not mean there’s no chance of having a cabinet in your tiny laundry room. In every tiny space, there is always a smart storage solution. The most ideal thing to do is to construct a customized narrow cabinet for your laundry space. This could be something where you can place your cleaning equipment and laundry solutions. The narrowest kitchen cabinet, which is typically utilized as a pull-out rack, is nine inches wide. It's a great way to make the most of small spaces where a traditional cabinet wouldn't fit.

  1. Built-in laundry cabinets

laundry room with built-in cabinets

Built-in laundry room cabinets can either be laundry room base cabinets or stacked laundry room cabinets. Laundry cabinets are typically built-in. But mobile storage cabinets or organizers are also a thing. While build-in cabinets are ideal, going for movable storage is a smart option since you can easily move or tuck it away to avoid cramming too many things in your laundry area.

  1. Hidden laundry cabinets

Hiding cabinets is another great way of creating a hidden laundry room. To achieve this, install upper laundry cabinets and base cabinets where you can put your washer and dryer. When these cabinets are closed, they would look like typical storage cabinets. No one would even assume that the area is your laundry area unless they open the cabinets and see your laundry equipment there.

  1. Wall mounted cabinets for laundry room

Wall-mounted cabinets for the laundry room are basically cabinets that are attached to the wall. Even with a tiny space, mounting a cabinet to the wall is possible. If you have existing cabinetry or furniture that has not been used, flipping it into a new cabinet and mounting it on the wall of your laundry area is a cost-effective way of creating small laundry storage.

  1. Laundry room lower cabinets

laundry with base cabinets

Lower cabinets are cabinets on the floor also known as base cabinets. They are pretty much the cabinets you see in the kitchen. The sink on the counter space, then the cabinets under it. When you have this layout in your laundry room, you can install extra cabinets above while you stack your washer and dryer on either side of the cabinetry.

  1. Laundry machine cabinet

There are countless ways to put a washer and dryer in the laundry room. If you are simply looking for a washer dryer in kitchen ideas and raised washer and dryer ideas, putting a cabinet where the washer and dryer would go is probably the most straightforward solution. If you lack space, repurpose one of your kitchen base cabinets and use it as a laundry machine cabinet.

What color is good for the laundry room?

The ideal laundry room color is something that would liven up the space. It should be light, airy, and induce a warm homely vibe. A laundry room with white cabinets is popular. If you want to add a pop of color, blue laundry room cabinets or light blue laundry room cabinets are a good choice. Blue is a cool color and makes the room feel fresh and calming.

Navy blue laundry room cabinets on the other hand are best for achieving the coastal interior design style. For modern, contemporary, and minimalist laundry rooms, grey laundry room cabinets, laundry room wood cabinets, and black laundry room cabinets should be your options.

Basic Equipment in the Laundry Room

You don’t really have to put much in your laundry room. Just make sure you have the essential laundry room kit and the following equipment to make your laundry room function to its full potential.

  • Washing machine

The washing machine is the most important piece of equipment in a laundry room. It is basically not a laundry room without a washer. Choose a machine that can handle the type of washing you want to perform while yet fitting conveniently in your laundry room. See the Washing machine size guide below to know more details. Cleaning the washing machine on a regular basis is required to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

  • Drying machine

Next to the washer, is the dryer machine. The dryer machine makes your clothes dry quickly especially if you need them right away. While you have the option to dry your clothes outside or on the clothing rack, you have to consider the season. You can’t dry clothes during the winter or rainy season. Having a dryer would be much more ideal.

  • Storage baskets

Storage baskets are for keeping your unwashed clothes organized. You can also use the storage baskets to place your washed clothes after drying and folding them. Storage baskets keep your things organized in the laundry area. The more organized, the less clutter, the more convenient and productive you can be in finishing the laundry.

  • Drying rack

A drying rack is for you to hang your clothes to dry them. The dryer is still your first option but having a drying rack is convenient so you can save energy when the weather is good to dry hang the clothes outside to dry or simply put them in the rack to store for a couple of days.

  • Ironing board

There are many creative ways to store an ironing board in a small laundry area. You can purchase a foldable iron table that you can easily tuck away in a corner when not in use. There is also a pull-out iron table that’s hidden in a drawer and only pulled out when you use it.  

  • Sink

Presoaking garments before washing is easy with a laundry room sink. It also serves as a convenient location for hand-washing delicate things and rinsing swimsuits to remove chlorine, sand, salty water, or any accumulated dirt before placing them in the washer.

  • Wastebin

By having a waste bin inside your laundry room, it will be easier for you to have a place where you can throw empty detergent bottles and other trash and garbage you might see when segregating the clothes for laundry. It also maintains cleanliness and orderliness in the laundry room.  

Washing Machine Guide

Here is the washing machine size guide to help you select the right washing machine that fits your needs.

Machine Capacity

Wash Load

 Suitable House Size


25 T-shirts



30 T-shirts or a single duvet



35 T-shirts or a double duvet

Small Family


40 T-shirts or a queen-sized duvet

Medium Family


45 T-shirts or a medium king-sized duvet

Large Family


50 T-shirts or a heavy king-sized duvet

Large Family


55 T-shirts or a heavy king-sized duvet

Very Large Family


60 T-shirts or a heavy king-sized duvet

Very Large Family



Article by:

Valentina Melnikova - Lead Designer at Cut2Size

Office 403.366.7411

Hi there! I’m a millwork designer and an owner of a kitchen cabinet manufacturing company. With a team of professionals, I work on designing and manufacturing high-end millwork. Combining professional designing and manufacturing skills is what allows us to develop and translate our plans into a reality through our uniqueness and exclusive ideas. Our employees are highly skilled and creative thinkers that also utilize their professionalism and experience to take millwork to the next level. I’m very familiar with the industry and I take on each project from the design to the final product. With that said, if you’re looking for design advice or technician help, you’re in the right place.