modern muse laundry

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laundry design ideas - cupboards, cabinets and more

fresh and functional laundry flatpack cabinets

Just because it’s where you get your chores done, it doesn’t mean you can’t find domestic happiness doing the laundry. Making your home beautiful is simple with kaboodle's laundry cupboards because when you kaboodle a laundry, you’re building your dream space piece-by-piece. With a little help from us, you can get to work on your dream laundry renovation, that’s anything but a chore. No matter where you’re located in Australia, you can create stylish laundry cabinets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra or Darwin.

laundry layout

straight line

The most common laundry design is the straight line. Whether it’s due to the lack of space or a small house design, the straight-line laundry maximises the usable space  in your home. With a single benchtop, storage above and below, along with space for washing machines and dryers you can create a simple but effective space to do your laundry. You can also look to incorporate a tall cabinet at the end of your cabinet run for all your essentials such as mops, brooms and ironing boards.

With limited space it’s recommended to keep the washing sink at one end, maximising the usable laundry benchtop space at the other end. Also if there isn’t space to extend your cabinets horizontally, then go vertically and add a set of slimline cabinets above your existing wall cabinets for extra height and more storage.

l-shaped and u-shaped

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll have room for an L-shaped or U-shaped laundry. With extra space, you can store washing baskets, set up ironing boards and still move around. This design also provides extra space to have a hanging rack over the washing sink and much more tall storage to keep everything out of sight. You can also install an L-shaped laundry benchtop, giving you extra space to fold and iron laundry, install a larger sink or even to add decor items, like plants or paintings.

multi-purpose room

If you’re really struggling for space you can utilise your laundry for multiple purposes. Create a powder room that also serves as a small laundry with hidden cabinets. Or perhaps incorporate your laundry into the kitchen design as a “Euro” laundry. Alternatively, if your laundry is located next to the kitchen, upgrade a laundry to a butler’s pantry/laundry combo and continue the look and feel from the kitchen into the laundry.

top or front loading washing machine

Whether you’re using your pre-existing washer or planning to buy a new one, it’s important to consider this when planning the layout of your laundry room. If you choose a front loader washing machine, you can easily slide it under benchtops and around cabinets. You can also stack a front-loading dryer above it to save space. Top-loading washers often hold a bigger load, so if you have the space for it, this could be a great option as well.

functional storage

Add a combination of functional storage options to maximise the efficiency of your laundry room. While the space may be small, it’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate floor to ceiling cabinets and pull out drawers to increase your home’s storage space. If you're lacking attic space, think big - instead of using your walk-in-robe to hide your Christmas tree and decorations, build a cabinet in the laundry instead. Your laundry cupboards don’t have to be reserved just for laundry specific items.

laundry design dos and don’ts

If you live in a small apartment or home, make use of vertical space. Being efficient by installing upper laundry cabinets above the washer and dryer and using shelves to keep heavy items off the floor is a great way to maximise your storage space. Also, pay attention to the workflow. Just like the kitchen’s “golden triangle”, laundry rooms have an ideal layout as well. Sinks are typically located opposite of washers and dryers in a galley-style space. If an L-shape is possible, consider optimising the workspaces and minimise unusable corners.

Don’t be afraid of funky colours. Laundry rooms don’t have to be boring, and while space is often smaller than other rooms in your home, there’s no need to shy away from fun patterns and dark colours. Get creative with your laundry cabinets and benchtops and pick a neutral colour for the walls.

do’s and don’ts when designing a new laundry space

When it comes to the design and layout of your laundry, here are a few things to remember to create the best laundry space:


  • Focus on storage solutions for ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, cleaning products, and accessories.

  • Aim for as much bench space as possible.

  • If you have the space, include a drying area with a rail for clothing.

  • Make use of vertical space with shelving, rails, and hooks.

  • Get several quotes for laundry renovations for plumbing. Match your laundry fixtures with your kitchen or bathroom to create a cohesive flow throughout your house.


  • Buy appliances without researching their functionality.

  • Choose appliances based solely on their appearance; practicality is crucial in a hardworking room like the laundry.

  • Select appliances before finalising your design.

  • Skimp on proper waterproofing. Laundries are wet areas, so being prepared for any situation is crucial.

By following these do's and don'ts, you can create a functional and stylish laundry design that meets all your needs, works functionally and, most importantly, looks great. 

small laundry design tips to consider

how wide should you make your new laundry?

For a new laundry room, consider its location and size carefully. An 1800mm -2400mm width is recommended for appliances, sinks, and storage space. If renovating, you may need to compromise based on the existing space.

what to allow for in terms of walkways/extra space for integrated things?

When planning your laundry area, it's helpful to consider how much space you need for walkways and integrated items like ironing boards or drying cabinets. Usually, a walkway between 900-1200 mm is a good option. Don't forget to consider the functionality and placement of things like laundry hampers and the size of your cabinet handles. For example, you could use four baskets to separate clean laundry, general wash, white, and towels/bedding. This will help make washing a much easier and efficient chore. 

10 Laundry design ideas:

  1. Urban Flooring
    Create an industrial and urban feel in your laundry by laying down brick-like tiles. 

  2. Modern Metallic 
    Chrome and metallic colours are excellent for those who don't love an all-white laundry but still want something modern and clean. 

  3. Basket Central
    Choosing open shelving with woven baskets is a great way to add some vintage and cottage charm to your laundry. 

  4. White and Grey
    Nothing says modern more than crisp white contrasted against deep greys.

  5. Bright Brick Splashback
    Create a focal point in your laundry's design with a bright brick splashback. It's the perfect option, no matter your laundry size. 

  6. Sliding Door Design
    If you don't have enough space for a laundry or have to combine it with another room, sliding doors are a great way to cover up your washing machines. 

  7. Mirrored Cabinets
    For those who want to bring their laundry into the bathroom for maximum efficiency, consider choosing mirrored cabinets to easily carry the bathroom functionality into your space. 

  8. Light and Grand
    With the chandelier, the ornate seat, and the plants, you will walk into this laundry room like you are walking into a hotel lobby.

  9. Bright Rugs
    Bring some colour and textural contrast to your laundry with a rug. 

  10. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets
    Installing a wall of cabinets is a great way to make your laundry feel taller while getting all the storage space you could dream of! 

get inspired with our laundry ideas

Lighten the load by using kaboodle for your laundry renovation and have peace of mind that you’ve made the most out of your space and budget. 

When you kaboodle your built-in laundry, you can kick back in the knowledge that you’ve made the most of every last inch of available space – and that your room is that perfect blend of clever ideas and stunning aesthetics.

From gathering inspiration online to building your laundry to adding that final door handle, the journey to a beautiful laundry renovation is streamlined. Take care of the entire process with us, and choose from the latest laundry cabinets, sink cupboards and more. 

Get your surfaces sparkling brighter than that load of whites. Choose from modern materials and combine them with your favourite pull out laundry hampers and doors and panels. Every colour and finish is down to you, which means building custom laundry cupboards to your exact tastes is easier than you imagined. 

Start today. Get inspired by stylish laundry designs with kaboodle’s 3D laundry planner tool and selection of contemporary colour ideas, then get creative with the build.

visualise what your laundry could look like with our online 3D laundry planner

Visualising what the space could look like before it’s built can be hard, especially when it’s a DIY project. With the 3D planner, you don’t have to imagine. Use the kaboodle 3D planner to discover the variety of options available with just the click of your mouse. Plan out the space, then mix and match cabinets, benchtops, colours and handles until you have developed the perfect laundry design for your home.

can’t wait to get started with one of our laundry flatpacks?

Who would have thought the laundry could be this much fun? If you’re ready to plan, select, create and enjoy your beautiful laundry designs, then we’re ready to help. With our handy tools, even the novice DIY-er can achieve flawless results. Browse the kaboodle website or visit Bunnings Warehouse for flat pack laundry cupboards, and get in touch with our friendly team if you need any assistance.

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