We’d all love to have a bright, large laundry with garden access. If you have this in your home, marvellous. But in many cases the laundry is much smaller than you’d like.
Regardless of what space you have, there is a wide variety of solutions to sort and conceal your laundry. And a number of these laundry storage ideas can be incorporated into existing cabinetry without needing to undertake a large-scale renovation.
In a large laundry with lots of floor space, freestanding laundry baskets are great. If you have a large family (or live with lots of people), you might need more than one. They’re also a good way of sorting laundry. But you might find they eventually clutter the room, especially if your space is small.
So what are the other options?
Having an open void beneath a benchtop where you can store laundry baskets is a simple yet effective way to use available space. The benchtop and upper cabinetry make it a multi-tasking area, which is essential in a small laundry.
Wheeled laundry baskets are a convenient way of loading, unloading and storing laundry in a concealed place, such as beneath a bench or in a nook. These baskets have excellent storage capacity and are good for large laundry rooms and equally large families.
Bespoke drawers are a highly flexible solution that can work well if you have space constraints and specific storage requirements. They’re a good option for full-scale laundry renovations, although other options can be more economical. One downside of a solid box drawer is that damp laundry won’t breathe, so moisture and smells will build up over time.
Tip: If you’re considering a wood/melamine-based drawer for a laundry basket, be cautious of storing wet items. Corners might need to be sealed to prevent seeping and swelling of raw materials.
These come in a wide range of options and materials. If you are storing wet items, choose your materials wisely. Stainless-steel and aluminium are the most robust materials for wet areas. Chromed products also work well, but have limited warranties and might not have the same lifespan. Plastic-coated steel also gives good protection from moisture, but over time breaks and cracks in the coating may lead to rust. Some suppliers offer fabric liners to give you added functionality and stop small items slipping through the wires.
Tip: For any type of pull-out storage system, regardless of price point, check the warranty and fine print. Many of these products can be costly, and warranties can range from a lifetime of cover to only 12 months. Also check the litre capacity because some laundry baskets have angled sides (i.e. not square) so they might look large in photos but will give you much less storage than you expect.
There are many versions of the plastic laundry hamper. Plastic hampers are practical, durable and the holes allow for good aeration. Litre capacity is also generally good.
Tip: The quality of the sliding mechanisms can vary, so check the warranty because the replacement cost of this may be high if in a few years things start to break down. Also, if you are opting for an off-the-shelf plastic hamper that a cabinet maker is adapting into a drawer, go for a style that is readily available should you need to replace it.
These are great for concealing dirty laundry in a shallow cabinet. Many of these systems have a relatively small litre capacity so they are useful for small laundries – otherwise opt for several to give you as much storage as you require.