The space always felt like a dingy closet instead of a laundry room. First things first, we changed the wall colors from boring beige to a bright blue. We also resurfaced the floor with peel and stick floor tiles so the floor felt nice, new and clean. The challenge then became storage. We had a ton of hanging space but nowhere to fold clothes or store laundry soap, towels, etc. So we cleared out one corner to make room for some furniture. However I couldn't find any prefab furniture to fit the space.
I'm not quite sure how I came up with this, but I'm sure my weekly trips to Ikea at this time had a lot to do with it. I decided to construct my own laundry storage/folding station...and here's how I did it!
If you've ever been to Ikea, you've probably seen the Expedit storage system. It comes in 3 colors and at just $39 it's a pretty good bargain! This will act as the base for the unit.
Ikea also sells stand alone table tops in a variety of sizes and colors at about $20 each. I opted for white, but they also have a black-brown that emulates a cherry stain and a stainless steel option if you want a more of a modern look. The table top functions as the folding space.
In order to complete the piece, legs are needed to hold up 3 out of the 4 corners. The 4th corner is held up by the Expedit. The legs can be as cheap as $3.50 each if you don't need an adjustable size. Otherwise, the legs ended up costing me about $45...which is kind of crazy because neither the table top or Expedit cost that much!
Here's the final product! We added a couple of baskets, shelves and a pendant light shade (all from Ikea!) to finish off the space.
It now functions as the perfect space for my husband to fold our laundry. How nice :)
What do you think?!?