Building & Renovating

Achieve a Pinterest-Worthy Laundry Area in 5 Steps

Create a functional space that's charming and easy on the eyes

Original Article: Katherine Lopez and Paula de Guzman Photography: Erwin Lim (Main Photos)

If you'll be given a chance to list down your least favorite homekeeping tasks, what would be on top of your list? We're sure many of you will consider laundry day as the most dreaded must-do. We can't blame you—after all, not only do you have to deal with piles of dirty clothes, you also need to make sure that each piece smells great and that there will be no traces of dirt left.

To motivate you to breeze through this task, you may want to transform the laundry area into a pretty nook. Interior designer Rod Lascano says having an organized and pleasant laundry area is as important as having well-kept living spaces. “Even though this area isn’t seen by visitors and some family members, it always feels good to have a clean ‘back of the house’,” Rod explains. Get started with these ideas:

1. Invest in pretty hampers and captivating storage pieces.

For an old-school feel, you may want to have wired baskets and hampers. You can also have woven bins and basket to add warmth to the space.

Find wire hampers at Crate & Barrel, SM Makati.

2. Control clutter.

“The common causes of clutter are dirty clothes that are not properly separated and laundry basics that are lying around,” says Rod. Address this by assigning specific hampers for white and colored clothes. Create a shelving system or a low cabinet where you can store your basins, brushes, and clothespins. Pour detergent into an airtight container, as some packaging are eyesores.

3. Keep your laundry area hazard-free.

“Some hazards include wet flooring, outlets exposed to water, and warped or rotting cabinetry. Make sure there is a drain in the laundry area that doesn’t clog,” says Rod. “Use weather-proof outlets especially for the washing machine and marine plywood for cabinetry to avoid warping or rotting.”

4. Hide your washing machine and dryer.

“One way to keep these machines from being eyesores is to conceal them in cabinets or closets with sliding or swing doors. By using these, the wall will be seamless and the machines will be ‘invisible,’” Rod suggests.

5. Install wall-mounted organizers.

Choose a wooden or metal organizer to add character to your laundry area. Make sure it's installed properly and that the piece is sturdy enough hold your brushes and other must-haves. You may also want to hang a small canvas bag that can hold coins, cards, and other trinkets you might find in the pockets of jeans and clothes while washing.

Utility/mud room of Avida Riala Cebu designed by Maybelline Te for General Bleu. 

Additional Photos: Pexels (1 and 2) | Erwin Lim (3 and 4)

Read the original article in the September 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

More on

Give Your Home a Refreshing Boost for P500 or Less

5 Tips To Have An Efficient Laundry Area

6 Ways to Give Your Bodega a Makeover


Latest Stories

This TV Show Does Home Makeovers In 15 Hours

And some of the decorators (and one judge!) are Pinoy. Check out this amazing makeover show.

This Museum In a Bahay Na Bato Is a Lesson In Pinoy History

In photos: The Destileria Limtuaco Museum in Intramuros will delight your mind and eye, not only your tastebuds

This Elevated Walkway In Ortigas Makes Pasig A More Walkable City

The walkway is one of a series of new pedestrian areas rising in Ortigas Center

How Do You Divide Conjugal Property When You Get Annulled?

It's not as simple as 50/50.

4 Questions To Ask Your Interior Designer

Develop a healthy relationship with your design professional for a beautiful home

Designer Pieces We Love in Derek Ramsay’s House in Alabang

The actor doesn’t shy away from investing in pieces that make his home distinct and personal

6 Ways To Increase Storage At Home

From custom-designed pieces to minimalist shelves, explore clever ideas to amp up your storage potential

Here's How To Keep Your Clothes Wrinkle-Free When Traveling

Get perfect OOTD's with this handy (and travel-friendly) gadget!

Neutral Colors Make This 50sqm Condo Unit Extra Homey

Taking inspiration from an accent wall, interior designers Honey Mutia Cervantes and Rosa Manduriao were able to achieve a modern yet comfy look for a one-bedroom vacation home in the city

5 Plants That Can Repel Mosquitoes

Keep your home safe and these pesky pests away with these natural solutions

This One Home Appliance Can Cause A Fire

Hint: Did you straighten your hair this morning?

Would You Live Inside This 9sqm Water Pipe?

This modern designer studio unit (inside a water pipe!) in Hong Kong may be the home of the future
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!