There’s something to be said for a more traditional approach to laundry room storage, with cabinets on the wall above the machines. Builders only give you one row of the cheap wire shelving so adding cabinets is an upgrade. We share more laundry room storage ideas, some less expensive to fit your budget
Front-load washers and dryers with storage drawers underneath are all the rage. They’re beautiful, no denying that. And once upon a time you could get them in amazing colors (metallic reds or blues) but stainless now dominates our laundry rooms, just like our kitchen.
White laundry room appliances are still popular while black isn't seen much these days. And if you like the idea of storage under your appliances, you can always build drawers to go under your existing washer and dryer.
With laundry room storage built into the platform, they save on space. But tight, narrow quarters don’t apply to every laundry room. In the laundry room above, the homeowners tucked a narrow bookcase between the two appliances. And there is no rule that says front-load sets must use platforms. Without platforms, they tuck under a countertop.
Laundry Room Storage in Wall Cabinets
Wall-mounted storage above the washer and dryer is a viable option, regardless of which type of machine you have. In some ways, it’s better than storage on the bottom, and here’s why:
With cabinets mounted on the wall above the washer and dryer, all you do is open the door to find what you need. Detergent, softener, pre-treater — it’s all within your grasp. You’re already standing at the machine, so you only need to reach.
With storage under the machines, you have to bend each time you needed something. Detergent? Bend. Softener? Bend again. So you’re bending to reach what you need, raising to add it to the load, bending again to put it away, and standing to start the machine.
Standard Cabinets Perfect for Laundry Room Storage
Wall-mounted laundry storage is fairly standard. You can get high-end cabinets that match what you have in your kitchen. You can also buy less expensive, upper wall-mount cabinets for your laundry room storage. Installation is straightforward, making sure the cabinets are screwed into wall studs to support the weight of detergent which is heavy. Wall cabinets are 12 inches deep, which is big enough to store all of your laundry supplies. And you can adjust shelves to make the best use of your laundry room storage space.
With storage under the machines, oftentimes you need proprietary pedestals. They’re not included in the price of front-load machines. One size doesn’t fit all, and the cost might surprise you. An average storage pedestal costs as much as a lower-end top loading washing machine, around $300. Some are pricier than that. For your money, you get a lot less storage space with a pedestal than upper cabinets.
Wall-mount cabinets have worked great in laundry rooms for generations because there isn’t anything wrong with how they perform. Everything is handy and tucked away neat. With most cabinets, you’ll get a lot more space than a drawer under a machine.
Whether you use a top loader or a new front-load set, laundry storage on the wall above is less of a workout on your knees. It also gives a lot more for your money. Sometimes, the traditional ways really do become traditional for a reason.
Need More Laundry Room Storage?
Suppose you've got all the wall cabinets you can fit into your laundry room but you need more storage? There are lots of creative solutions to help you organize this important room.
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