20 Practical Laundry Room Ideas for Basement

These laundry room ideas for basement will help you set up a space for your laundry that is both organized and lively!

laundry room ideas for basement

If you have a basement at home, that may be just the right space to be a laundry room!

One of the best things about having your laundry room in the basement is that it gives you more space, more freedom with the layout, and more plumbing and electrical points. Plus, it lessens the incidence of flooding inside the house in case of machine malfunction, or having the dreadful machine noise taking all over the home.

To help you get started on setting up your basement laundry room, we have gathered about 20 great ideas to help you end up with an ideal, organized and efficient space!

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1. Create a pedestal for the washer and dryer.

Basements usually have solid and even floors. But in case, you want to take a precautionary measure so that your washer and dryer last a long time, you should get a pedestal for your machines.

The pedestal provides a sturdy foundation for the machines. Plus, take advantage of the additional storage space it provides.

laundry room ideas for basement - a pedestal for the washer and dryer
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2. Invest in built-in cabinets.

Floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets can make a huge impact on your basement laundry room. And it is the best way to keep clutter out of sight and under control.

You may think you do not need that much space. But it also provides you storage space for other things like cleaning supplies, art supplies, seasonal items, and many more. If you have the budget for it, this will be a great investment for your home. It will also increase the value of your house in case you decide to sell one day.

3. Install floating shelves.

There is no such thing as too much storage space when it comes to a laundry room. But if you are on a budget and you can’t afford to install cabinets, stick to floating shelves instead.

You can easily DIY the installation too! Use the space below the shelf to install a hanging rod where you can hang clothes.

laundry room ideas for basement - floating shelves
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4. Set up an over-the-machine folding table.

Every laundry room needs a folding table. You need the space for folding clean clothes.

Now if you have limited space, consider setting up one over your washer and dryer, like this. It’s a simple DIY project but it helps a lot in saving space!

laundry room ideas for basement - an over-the-machine folding table
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5. Install a deep sink.

A deep sink does a lot of help in the laundry room. You can use it to pre-soak clothes, hand-wash delicate items, and deal with a stubborn stains.

The extra-deep space allows you to do some vigorous scrubbing without splashing water around. It also allows you to wash cleaning items like buckets, mops, and rags without making a mess.

laundry room ideas for basement - deep sink
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6. Hide your dirty laundry.

What makes most laundry rooms messy is the sight of dirty laundry. It can also be smelly.

The mere sight of dirty laundry can make anyone dread the chore. But if you keep them hidden, the laundry room will look neater and cleaner.

Check out how Erin from The Sunny Side Up Blog hides her dirty laundry with this customized cabinet!

7. Set up a desk.

Multitasking while doing laundry is actually very possible. Setting up a desk allows you to do work in the laundry room. Your kids can even do their homework there too if they need your help.

You may also use the desk as a permanent home office where you can manage all the paperwork and bills.

laundry room ideas for basement - set up a desk
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8. Improve ventilation.

Your washer and dryer will produce a lot of heat and humidity while you use them. You will need to vent the humid air outside. Also, with proper ventilation, you get to control moisture levels and improve the air quality in the basement.

This will help prevent mildew from forming – which means less cleaning for you!

laundry room ideas for basement - improve ventilation
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9. Tuck it away.

If you are using the basement also for some other purpose like a home gym or a game room, you can position your machines in a way where you can keep them hidden.

Here, curtains were used.

laundry room ideas for basement - keep machines hidden
Image from Home Stratosphere

You may also keep the machines hidden inside a built-in customized cabinet if you have the budget for it.

10. Double the load.

If you have the space and the budget, consider investing in an extra washer and dryer.

This may sound costly, but it’s actually a practical investment. Having two washers and dryers will cut your laundry time in half. Plus if one breaks down, you immediately have a spare.

This is a highly recommended splurge when you have a huge household.

laundry room ideas for basement - double laundry load
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11. Set up a sewing station.

Having a sewing station in the laundry room allows you to quickly fix tears and rips. If a button comes to lose after you did the laundry, you can easily patch it up – no one has to know!

This is also a plus when you love to sew for craft projects.

12. Set up a mini coffee bar.

Here’s a really nice idea when you have to do laundry first thing in the morning, or after a long day. Since you need to be alert to do the task, why not set up a mini coffee bar in your basement laundry room?

Enjoy a cup of coffee while doing the task, and relax while waiting for the machines to do their thing!

mini coffee bar
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13. Make space for crafting.

Basements provide a huge space, and most often the space is too much for a laundry room. A common trend is to combine the laundry room and the craft room in the basement.

As we all know, when it comes to crafts, getting lots of supplies is a must. You can use the space then!

a space for crafts
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14. Paint the ceiling.

If your house has an unfinished basement, chances are the floor joints that are supporting the floor above you are all exposed. Make your ceiling look a little neater and more uniform by giving it a paint job!

paint the ceiling
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15. Choose bright paint.

If you choose to paint your basement walls, you should know how to choose your paint well.

Dark colors will just reaffirm that dark and dungeon-y feel that basements usually emit. Bright colors usually make a room look brighter.

Just take a look at this paint job. The area looks cleaner and brighter when they painted their basement laundry with a brighter white shade.

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16. Use wallpaper.

This is my favorite among these ideas for basement laundry room, because I also love wallpapers! These are cheaper than a paint job, but the colors and patterns give life to the basement just the same.

Choose an accent wall and decorate that space with wallpaper. Here’s an example that’s inspired by coastal sunsets. The shades of lavender, coral, pink, and orange give this basement laundry room a softer and relaxing look.

wallpaper
Image from HGTV

17. Hang curtains to cover unsightly walls.

If you have an unfinished basement and you do not have the budget to fix it up, paint the walls, or even do wallpaper, there is one more solution – curtains! Just install some rods around the area and you can invest in floor-to-ceiling curtains to cover ugly walls!

This will give the basement laundry a sort of vintage charm too.

hang curtains
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18. Bring in some greens!

We may think that a basement laundry room does not get much sun… most only come with one or two small windows. But that does not mean you can’t have a plant in the room!

There are many indoor plants that can withstand a life without sunshine. One of these plants is a snake plant as shown in this example. You can also go with succulents if you want something smaller.

green plants
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19. Paint a concrete floor.

If your basement has a concrete floor, you may choose to paint it rather than lay down tiles as a more cost-effective solution.

The paint color you choose can help brighten up the room too! But fair warning, this requires work, like making sure that the floor is totally clean and cracks have been repaired. Also put a topcoat or seal to make cleaning the floor easier.

paint concrete floor
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20. Select colorful backsplash.

Give your basement laundry room a splash of color by picking out colorful tiles for the backsplash!

Since the counter by the sink will mostly be a workstation, this gives you something nice to look at while you do your chores like sorting or folding clothes.

colorful backsplash
Image from Oh Joy!

Make your basement laundry room lively and fun!

As you can see, there are many ways to make your laundry room pleasant even when it’s placed in the basement. It doesn’t have to be gloomy.

With these ideas in mind, we’re confident that you’ll be able to create a basement laundry room that will encourage you and your family members to do the laundry!

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