1. Make a Focal Point
2. Stash Smartly
Store stain removers, detergents, and fabric softeners in a caddy, which looks neat and helps contain drips and spills. For air-drying delicates and other hand-wash items, the wall-mountable Pottery Barn Galvanized Laundry Drying Rack ($129) is a stylish solution, especially in tight quarters.
3. Choose Wisely When Renovating
Next time you upgrade, remember front-load washers and dryers offer extra flexibility. If you can’t stack units, try a side-by-side setup with a piece of wood installed on top for a space-saving folding station. Small but mighty, Bosch’s 500 Series Compact Washer and Dryer ($1,199 each) can hold up to 18 towels per load. They’re also Energy Star rated and whisper quiet. And yes, it’s a luxury, but if you can spare the space, a utility sink will simplify your toughest soaking and scrubbing jobs. Our pick: Elkay Quartz Classic Top Mount Laundry Sink with Perfect Drain ($677).
4. Stay Well-Grounded
Since moisture can be an issue, flooring should be water-resistant laminate or tile. Add a cozy washable rug for some color and cushion while standing.