Raise your hand if you need more space. Me too! Here’s how you can maximize your vertical space in any room – I did my laundry room because, well, it needed something. My laundry room is 36 sf. with 6 sf. of that being a small recessed area where the previous owner had a rod to hang clothes. Nothing wrong with that, but it was definitely not the way to maximize vertical space. Here’s what I did in that little nook.
Figuring square feet makes my math-resistant head hurt, so these numbers are approximate. I realize 36 sf. for a laundry room is larger than some closet laundry areas, but that 9 foot tall tower of nothing was begging me to take on the challenge. You know it kept me awake at night, right?
My first idea was a wood shelf the full depth of the recess, hinged so that I could flip it up to access the panel in one wall of the nook. Above that a rod for hanging clothes, and maybe another shelf across the top. Not ideal, but better than nothing.
Another idea was a rolling table to sit in the nook and roll out if necessary. But finding one that (1) was open on the bottom so I could use the floor space beneath, and (2) wasn’t commercial kitchen grade priced accordingly was tougher than I thought. Have y’all seen the prices on commercial kitchen stuff? Yikes!
Then I was in The Container Store and saw their closet displays. And I got to thinking…I could use just one component of that closet in my laundry room. One virtual consult later with Jenna and I was good to go! She double checked measurements with me and made sure the hanging brackets stayed above the access panel, so if I ever need to see the backside of my water heater, I can. There’s easier access at the front, but who am I to block unnecessary access? Anywho, this is how she looks now…isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wonderful?!
I gained so much space by looking up! So the next time you’re feeling short on storage, this is one way to maximize your vertical space.