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Laundry Wall

Organizing Good Things 2004

Adjustable wire shelving is convenient and waterproof; in this laundry area, one shelf is reserved solely for drying sweaters. The wooden boxes house supplies. Install a tension rod upon which to hang clothes as you take them out of the dryer; that way, they'll need only a light ironing or no ironing at all. The iron and the ironing board are stored nearby for easy access.

Comments (30)

  • lfbdiamondmind 5 Nov, 2008

    If you copy the picture onto a word document, you can enlarge the picture. I read that in another comment on this site and it works.

  • lisamarie 25 Aug, 2008

    I was thinking the same thing. I too would like to view the picture larger to see more detail.

  • vrab 25 Aug, 2008

    bigger pictures? copy and paste somewhere else or email them to your self,

  • goodiemaker 24 Aug, 2008

    I agree, bigger pictures would make ideas/crafts easier to duplicate.

  • BonnieinCanada 24 Aug, 2008

    I, too, find it very frustrating that the pictures are always too small. Love the idea, just can't see it very well.

  • sushay14 23 Aug, 2008

    Wouldn't all of these tips be 100% better if you could click on the picture and make it BIGGER??? Would be a BIG help!!!!

  • LMDC 22 Aug, 2008

    For people with no closets: you can buy a freestanding clothes rack - pretty cheaply at something like a walmart/target. The cheaper they are, the less sturdy. However, if you get shelving to place "inside" the frame, you can bolt them together - the supports usually come in two pieces anyway and have to be bolted - just sub with a longer screw and take advantage of the pre-drilled holes.
    These kinds of stores usually have a shelving selection that will be able to work with this. HTH

  • NewGloucester 22 Aug, 2008

    I too remember hanging out clothes, especially my daughter's long diapers that had to be folded when I brought them in to thaw they would stand up like little ghosts all around the kitchen. Alabaxter I need to ask what is the "feast of booths".

  • MartiBower 6 Aug, 2008

    I live in an apartment with a washer/dryer closet. I wanted to have more storage space, so we had our washer/dryer stacked and I set up adjustable white plastic shelves in the space where the dryer used to be. The shelves were inexpensive from Lowe's. I store all my towels, sheets, dirty clothes, cleaning supplies, iron, and laundry baskets here and have saved so much room in my other closets around the house!

  • robbie52 6 Aug, 2008

    Thank you, Janellebee, for the idea of mats on the shelves. That would work, and be easy to clean; may come down to which is the cheaper solution.

  • robbie52 6 Aug, 2008

    Thank you, Janellebee, for the idea of mats on the shelves. That would work, and be easy to clean; may come down to which is the cheaper solution.

  • prhenry 5 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea. Where can I buy the shelving?

  • janellebee 5 Aug, 2008

    Robbie52 - in Japan we can buy flexible plastic or thin cork "mats" that are cut to fit the various wire shelf sizes. They solve all the problems you mention. Maybe the US manufactuers have them too... (but easy enough to make yourself anyway... just measure the shelf, cut off the corners to accommodate the pole and presto!)

  • Sillys 5 Aug, 2008

    Well goodness! I thought everyone's clothes got dirty even if it's rainy! I love the idea - probaably don't have room for all of it, but it's a great idea! I have a lot of rainy wash days!

  • Tinadealy 5 Aug, 2008

    Yes, we do use our radiator to dry things in Europe, hahahah! but I also purchased a wire rack that folds up against the wall from IKEA. It rains so much over here that you need one inside and it does cut down on the ironing. The best part is that you can lay your sweater flat and they do not get all crazy shaped. The only suggestion I would have to the above photo is BRING YOUR CHEMICAL UP A SHELF OR TWO, SO YOU CHILDREN CANT GET TO THEM! Safety first!

  • robbie52 5 Aug, 2008

    I have a closet that houses the stacked appliances, and a little room next to them for supplies. I would adapt this idea to fit my smaller space, but would consider only 1 wire shelf for drying a sweater (maybe). I HATE wire shelves: everything falls through them, or stuff tips over on them. I prefer the white California closet-type shelving. The boxes to store smaller items is a good idea.

  • CourtenayMichelle 5 Aug, 2008

    Yeah...our laundry "room" is the shed behind our house. Granted, we live in Laguna Beach in a little cottage so I should not complain, but we could never have this cute laundry nook in our stinky old shed. :(

  • Alabaxter 5 Aug, 2008

    Once in England we had unexpected guests arrive in the driveway. We all began running around like mad snatching our "whites" off every available radiator. The "tumblers" over there are miniscule and I had 4 teens/college age kids. It was like the "feast of booths" every laundry day. This would have been ideal.

  • holli_067 5 Aug, 2008

    I think this idea is wonderful. I think yarncrazy only wanted to complain. Of course this idea will not work for everyone but you can adjust it to fit you needs. It is only an idea if you do not like it, don't use it!

  • MaggieDwyer 22 Jun, 2008

    My mother used the basement to hang clothes to dry when I was very young, and those with old houses with large airy attics can successfully dry clothes there. Modern houses are probably too hazardous and not built with that kind of head-room or use in mind.

    My laundry area is a pass-through hall with enough room beside each appliance to park a small shelf (or, in our case, litter box). Over the doorway is a sturdy curtain rod to hang laundry. The rod isn't noticable when the laundry is put away.

  • whit5 19 Jun, 2008

    What is not to get about hanging your cloths to dry in an attic area??? Back in the good old days my Mom hung ours where ever there was space, since there were nine kids space was limited. I remember bringing cloths in from outside frozen from the cold air and then standing the blue jeans on the registers to dry when the heat would blow. How we hated those stiff jeans but what a sweet memory now. Thanks Mom for teaching me how to cook and clean and do laundry.

  • Jabalchin 19 Jun, 2008

    I agree with yarncrazy....the picture is gorgeous..and in a newer home I'm sure there are spaces big enough to do this. They don't seem to understand how SMALL some spaces can be in older homes. My laundry room used to be the back porch to the house but was enclosed to make a room before we bought it. So think of the older homes, long narrow back porch...and you get the picture. Plenty of room for a laundry area...but definately not for this wonderful layout.

  • Jabalchin 19 Jun, 2008

    I agree with yarncrazy....the picture is gorgeous..and in a newer home I'm sure there are spaces big enough to do this. They don't seem to understand how SMALL some spaces can be in older homes. My laundry room used to be the back porch to the house but was enclosed to make a room before we bought it. So think of the older homes, long narrow back porch...and you get the picture. Plenty of room for a laundry area...but definately not for this wonderful layout.

  • yarncrazy102 19 Jun, 2008

    I think designers forget that many of us have tiny houses. My laundry cubby is 5 ft x 3 ft and houses our furnace access and main water shut off right behind the back door. A very busy traffic area with 3 dogs. What I have "fits" nicely in the space I have. This idea is great but not for little laundry areas. Designers need to remember REAL tiny spaces.

  • enjoysimplethingsinlife 19 Jun, 2008

    I have a small laundry room but did the tension rod above my washer and drier as soon we moved to this house. Buttoned shirts and blouses are normally ironed so I hang them as soon as they come out of the washer. I do the same with some of our nicer t-shirts and some don't need to be ironed anymore. It just keeps clothes looking better and lasting longer.

  • JaniceDouglas 19 Jun, 2008

    This is exactly what I need! All of those things you see in the picture are currently on the floor or piled on top of the dryer =(
    Now....if only I could talk everyone into actually USING the shelving...

  • trekkiemom 19 Jun, 2008

    I don't get it, why would you hang cloths during rainy days, especially in your attic?

  • WesternLady 19 Jun, 2008

    I am working on rehabilitating a circa 1898 Victorian era home and one of the plans is to include a laundry room off the kitchen. I'm seeking and collecting ideas and this just might work.

  • Diane063 19 Jun, 2008

    My laundry room is REALLY small. I keep looking for tips on how to organize a SMALL laundry room. This idea is really nice but mine doesn't allow this.

  • Monaliza-gypt 18 Jun, 2008

    If you have tha space go ahead. I already have a tension rod in my attic to hang cloths during rainy days.