Laundry Closet Makeover – The Gameplan

When you live in the city, space is often at a premium. So it should come as no surprise that we have no dedicated “laundry room.” Instead we have what I lovingly refer to as our “laundry closet.” And that’s a pretty accurate title, because it is indeed a closet in the middle of our home that contains a stackable washer and dryer.

before-laundry-closet-stackableThis laundry closet is located in the middle of our family/dining/kitchen area and isn’t exactly the most glamorous space in the world. It holds our outdated machine, some laundry detergent, our ironing board, and some other random stuff.

laundry-closet-beforeI don’t have HUGE plans for this space, because it really is such a small part of our home and there isn’t that much I can do to make it amazing. But I do have some DIY projects planned to make it a bit better!

Laundry Closet Gameplan

New Washer & Dryer

laundry-machine-washerSo this is by far the biggest thing on my makeover list and I’m sooooo excited about it. Our stackable unit is pretty janky and ever since we’ve moved in we’ve been worried it’s going to quit on us. So far that has happened (thank goodness), but any day now that baby is gonna die out. Lucky for us we’re starting a 6-month partnership with Maytag this month and they’ll be providing us with a new stackable unit. Say what?! We are thrilled and cannot wait to get the new unit and give it an honest review for all of you!

Trim out the Doorbifold-louvered-doors-laundry

We’re lucky that most of our home already has beautiful thick molding around the closets, baseboards, ceilings, and most doors. However, not all of the closets have trim surrounding them. I’m planning to trim out the doors in our family room so it looks that much more high-end. I’ve never done a project like this, but Bridget assures me we can handle it. Let’s hope so…

Door Upgrade

louvered-bifold-door-laundryThose louvered doors are horrible. Seriously so crappy and the worst part…the washing machine is so loud and you can hear it right through those doors. Not the best when you’re watching tv while doing laundry. bifold-door-brokenknob-bifold-doorPlus they’re incredibly worn and one of the corners cracked. I’m planning to get a new wood door, add molding to it, and add a sleek black handle. In the end I’m aiming for a look similar to the doors we DIY’ed for the Lowe’s fall makeover.

Organizelaundry-detergent-closet

Finally, I’d love to get this space a little more organized. It’s definitely challenging because the machine takes up a majority of the closet, but perhaps I can add a slim rolling rack to the side? Not entirely sure yet, but I’d love some fashionable storage for this space.

before-laundry-closetOur new laundry unit will be here any day now, and next week I’m planning to show you all of the awesome features on it. I’ve never had “fancy” laundry before, so I’m pretty pumped!

stackable-laundry-closetAs for everything else on this list, I’m hoping to tackle these upgrades over the next month or so. But with the holidays it may be a little hectic (we’re hosting Thanksgiving this year!) Hopefully I’ll have some time to sneak in a few projects every weekend so I can officially cross our Laundry Closet off our home’s to-do list.

Any other suggestions for this small space? I’d love to get your input!

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  • Maggie L

    Casey,

    Have you seen Emily Henderson’s laundry closet makeover in her home (https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/laundry-closet-makeover)? She had a similar set up to yours. Would you have enough room to do a sliding barn door? Just thinking that may give you just a little more room while working in there instead of a typical door on hinges.

    • Yes! Love Emily & absolutely everything she does! I definitely looked into the sliding barn door, but there isn’t enough room on either side of the closet for it to be open and slide over (if that makes any sense!). I may look into french doors instead of a typical bifold door. Thanks for the insight Maggie!

  • Erin

    Ok i am going to speak from experience here. having a stackable (which is AMAZING btw) versus that piece of crap that you have now (which we had!) is the biggest pain in the ass to install! Because we had to get flexible tubing (and the installers would NOT install it because we didn’t know we needed it). The dryer vent is on the bottom left side, while our vent is on the upper right side. and since we couldn’t just stack them and slide it in due to the fact that we need to keep the tray in the closet. We actually ended up hiring someone to do this for us. we had to load the washer first. attach the flexible vent, then lift it up and stack the dryer on top of the washer. Now that it’s in there, IT IS NEVER EVER moving. if something breaks, we’re just going to get a new one. HAH! the whole process was quite ridiculous. However, my husband loves it — he’s the one who does laundry.

    this is my favorite dry rack ever as all my clothes are hang dry by my choice and it really does legit make my clothes last a lot longer. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40244831/

    it is super slim, we have 2 of them and have had them for 10 years? and it’s still in one piece. and tons of clothes can go on it.

    • Erin you are cracking me up! Did the installers just not know how to deal with that kind of setup? That seems crazy! We just got a drying rack for the first time ever (from the Container store) and I can hardly believe how much I love it. We used to just hang our wet clothes all over our chairs and beds. It was quite the sight!

    • Erin

      no, they just didn’t want to do the work. it was so annoying. it was a tight squeeze, that’s for sure.

    • Erin

      Oh and also — make sure you have the right plugs! we had to switch out our light switch to a light switch and plug combo. since we only had the massive plug for the one unit. Which we totally didn’t know until after they delivered. fortunately it was a $10 fix. and the stackables, actually probably will take up more room than the one unit one, so we had to put all the laundry extras in the guest room walk in closet — which is basically our catch all.

    • Thanks for the heads up Erin. Man it turned out to be quite the ordeal for you guys! That’s craziness.

    • to Echo the above comment, I had a stackable in a closet, and boy oh boy- when we had to do any repair, and change out for a new dryer it was THE BIGGEST PAIN IN THE ASS. Make sure you leave yourself some space to connect the venting, and all the hookups. Good Luck! Our new place has a few ancient top loaders, but I think when we replace them we will stick with toploaders this time around. Much easier, and not worrying about the door not being open to air out the washer each time.

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl can’t wait to see what you do with the space! I don’t have much of a laundry room either, it’s a little cutout going in to the bathroom! crazy

    • Thanks Shawnna! Yeah it’s extra hard when you don’t have much space to work with!

  • Kate LaCorte

    This is simply a safety comment, but you may need the louver doors to allow the dryer to draw enough air flow in. Some city have codes around confined spaces and what type of circulation is required. I would hate for you to hang beautiful solid doors and then have to change them out later on for safety, or worse have them cause an unsafe situation in your beautiful home.

    • Kate, I had the exact same thought! I’ve been wanting to change out the doors on the laundry as well as our hot water heater & HVAC since we moved in. When we got all of our appliances serviced, I specifically asked that very question. They were able to check to make sure it received adequate ventilation and we are good to go! I called my husband that day like….YES THE LOUVERED DOORS CAN GOOO! haha. But thanks for looking out for us!

    • Kate LaCorte

      Yay! That’s awesome! 🙂

  • We have the same exact situation so I can’t wait to see what you do! I bought an iron holder that you can anchor to the wall and the iron slides up and then down when you put it back- it’s clean looking and great space saver. Regarding the venting situation- you can totally get around it. If you add a solid core door (to avoid noise which I recommend) you can actually cut out a small piece at the bottom and add this little circular vent thing. It is barely noticeable and is the source to vent out. We have solid core bi-fold door and since it is a bifold you can crack it open a touch to vent, but we don’t. Can’t wait to see what you do!!!

    • Thanks for the tips Colleen! Our HVAC guy said we should be all good to add solid doors over our hot water heater & HVAC closet, so I’m excited to change up those doors too. It gets soooo noisy!

  • Michelle Cannon Smith

    Can’t wait to see what you do! I know it will be aaaaawwwwwesome!