While the aim of an off-the-kitchen utility space might draw from a rustic sentiment, its fundamental purpose is domestic efficiency. So whether you're an urbanite or a rural dweller, space and energy saving appliances are first on the list. Here are five quick fixes for a laundry room with the right balance.
Above: For small-space living, wall storage is ideal for hanging towels and brushes. The metal Rack of Hooks is $49 NZD from Father Rabbit in New Zealand.
Above: The Samsung High Efficiency Washer (WA456) features a king-sized capacity of 4.5 cubic feet, and with its Vibration Reduction Technology™, noise is significantly reduced—making it quiet enough to install on the second floor or near bedrooms. The washer is available in White (shown) for $949.99 or Stainless Platinum for $1,049.99 from Samsung.
Above: The willow Color Block Utility Basket is available in three sizes at Terrain; prices start at $98 for the small size.
Above: The Asko Hidden Helper Ironing Board is an ingenious add-on and even features a plug for your iron.
Above: The rustic, height-adjustable drying rack from Sheila Made Clothes Airer facilitates indoor drying in small spaces and cuts down on energy use; $135 from Ancient Industries.