Living in an apartment often requires you to make some sacrifices, especially if you have a small space or live in a building with strict renovation rules.
Therefore, if you’re one of the fortunate few to have an apartment with in-suite laundry, you likely want to make this space your own and make it feel nice and organized.
However, if you’re not quite sure where to start with your apartment laundry room layout, read our guide below for preparation, design, and decor ideas.
For more on designing a laundry room, particularly in relation to countertops, read this post.
Before going ahead and purchasing all the paint, hardware, and decor pieces you want to use in your laundry room, you should have a good idea of what your design plan will look like.
You’ll want to make sure everything you purchase and install is renter-friendly, fits your space, and is within your price range. Let’s break this down below.
Approve your design ideas with your landlord
Before you even begin designing your apartment laundry room, make sure to check with your landlord about any changes to the interior you’d like to make. This is especially important if you don’t have laundry machines in your unit but have the space to install them.
Check your building lease to see if major renovations like adding laundry machines, cabinets, or countertops are allowed. If you’d like to make changes to the paint or wallpaper, make sure to seek approval for that as well.
After discussing your ideas with your landlord, make sure to run your final design plan by them to double-check certain changes and get their full seal of approval!
Of course, there are landlord-approved hacks to change your space.
Choose what to prioritize
Once you know what items you can fit into your laundry room, think about what should be prioritized when it comes to the cost and convenience of renovating.
As you go through your design wishlist, there are likely a few things you’ll have to do without, based on what your bank account and the size of your laundry room allow.
For example, say you want to install both a storage island and cabinets but only have the budget or space for one.
Well, if the convenience and storage space an island would provide is your priority, replace the cabinets with a collapsible storage unit.
Decide what your laundry room actually needs, and see which design ideas you can remove from your initial plan to make better use of your space.
Measure your space
Once you know what renovations you’re allowed to make to the laundry room in your apartment, it’s time to plan the layout based on building and design specifications.
Measure the areas where you plan to add or install hardware, like counters or shelves, to make sure the units you want to purchase will fit.
If you’re working with a smaller room, take note of each area of usable space and see how it can be best utilized (i.e., don’t install units that will leave huge gaps).
Decide on a budget
Before making the final decision on what to purchase for your residential apartment laundry room, set a price limit and see which appliances, furniture, and decor fall in line with what you can actually afford.
As well, bear in mind that you may need to factor in the cost of professional assistance for the installation of certain units.
Design and organization ideas
There are plenty of creative things you can implement into your laundry room design, from the decor to the way you organize.
Below, we’ve listed a few ideas for both smaller laundry areas and full-size laundry rooms that are practical and will make your space feel fresh and inviting!
(If you’re unsure whether some of these ideas are renter-friendly for your building, make sure to check with your landlord before adding them to your design.)
For smaller spaces
Here’s how to design for smaller laundry rooms in apartments.
Make a laundry space in your kitchen or bathroom
If you don’t have a separate room or nook available for installing laundry machines, you can install your washer and dryer in your kitchen or bathroom.
Not only is this a great way to make use of space, but you’ll be able to conserve water by sharing it between your laundry machines and the sinks, shower, dishwasher, and other similar elements in these rooms.
Stack your laundry machines
Another great way to utilize a small space is to place your laundry machines on top of each other. This is perfect for a laundry area that sits in a hallway nook or if you’re combing your laundry area with another room.
This will also help you make more space for storage units, a folding station, drying racks, and other similar items.
Use a portable washing machine
If you’re not allowed to install washing machines in your apartment, you can purchase a portable washing machine instead. These machines are compact and can be moved around your apartment quite easily.
Just make sure to unplug the machine after each use, and note that while your washer is running, the sinks and bathtub in your apartment cannot be used.
For full-size laundry rooms
Here’s how to design for full-size laundry rooms in apartments.
Install wrap-around counters
If you have plenty of space in your laundry room, installing wrap-around counters with drawers will make it easier to fold and sort clothes and linens, as well as give you more options for storage.
If you use durable materials for the countertops, you will have an easier time cleaning up messes from laundry detergent or softeners.
Implement a laundry sorting system
Working with a larger space gives you more options for sorting and organizing your laundry.
For instance, you can implement multiple baskets or bags to separate your wash by whites, darks, colours, hang-dry only, and machine-wash only clothes.
Include a sewing area
If you have enough space in your laundry room for a desk and chair, you can further utilize the extra space by making a combination laundry and sewing room.
By placing your sewing area in the laundry room, you can mend, wash, and dry your clothes all in one space. In fact, if you implement the sorting system mentioned above, you could include another basket for clothes that need patching or mending for better organization.
Before designing your apartment laundry room, make sure to go through your pre-renovation checklist to ensure everything is in order. Check your designs with your landlord, examine your budget, and then begin designing your dream laundry room!