Get Ideas for Your Laundry Room Upgrade

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Your laundry room may not be top priority when you're picking home improvement projects, but Simply host Haley Cairo says it should be up there—as you do often spend a lot of time on laundry every week.

She renovated the room to give it a softer palette that suits the rest of her home, including taupe brick flooring that can stand up to some wear and tear, and plenty of smart organizational strategies that help streamline the space and make it more enjoyable to use—such as wall-mounted drying racks and laundry bags, and bins and baskets to corral cleaning supplies. She even happened on a $10 grabber tool that lets her reach the top shelves—no step stool required.

The end result: A laundry room that Haley can't wait to spend time in. Here's what she used to get it done.

Taupe Brick Tile

This classic brick tile can be installed in various patterns (such as Haley's desired herringbone), and gives your floor a more rustic vibe. (Pro tip from Haley: seal the tile before you grout to ensure that you get a cleaner look.)

Taupe Brick Tile
Taupe Brick Tile

Uncoupling Membrane

Haley suggests using an uncoupling membrane under a tile floor, instead of cement board. It makes it easier to install your tile, absorbs shocks, and can help manage moisture.

Uncoupling Membrane
Uncoupling Membrane

Warm Gray Grout

Swap out white grout for a warm gray to make it easier to maintain your tile.

Warm Gray Grout
Warm Gray Grout

Tongue-and-Groove Boards

Tongue-and-groove paneling helps you get a seamless look on your wall.

Tongue and Groove Boards
Tongue and Groove Boards

Liquid Nails

This heavy-duty adhesive makes construction projects (like brick, tile, or paneling) easier to manage.

Liquid Nails
Liquid Nails

Nail Gun

A nail gun helps speed up installation of tongue-and-groove boards, shiplap, and other paneling.

Ryobi Nail Gun
Ryobi Nail Gun

Drying Rack

If you're short on space in your laundry room, this wall-hung drying rack can hold plenty of clothes when needed—and fold up easily when it isn't.

Galvanized Wall Mount Drying Rack
Galvanized Wall Mount Drying Rack

Hanging Laundry Bags

These hanging laundry bags make laundry sorting a breeze.

Hanging Laundry Bags
Hanging Laundry Bags

Washable Rug

For a room that sees a lot of dirt and moisture, Ruggable rugs separate from the rug pad so they can be tossed in the washing machine when mud happens.

Washable Rug
Washable Rug

Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover

Make quick touch-ups on the dirty spots with a quick spray of carpet cleaner.

Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover
Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover

Acrylic Lazy Susan

Haley uses this lazy Susan to corral laundry products and keep everything within easy reach.

Acrylic Lazy Susan
Acrylic Lazy Susan

Acrylic Drawers

Use acrylic drawers to hold smaller supplies, and make it easy to see what's inside each one.

Acrylic Drawers
Acrylic Drawers

Labels

Label homemade cleaning products or other essentials so you can easily grab the right items.

Minimalist Labels
Minimalist Labels

Laundry Powder Container

Upgrade your laundry space by decanting your favorite laundry detergent into a pretty glass jar.

Laundry Powder Containers
Laundry Powder Containers

Metal Basket

Corral similar items together in these metal baskets.

Metal Baskets
Metal Baskets

Grabber/Reacher

Reach products on high shelves without reaching for the step stool with this clever gadget.

Grabber/Reacher
Grabber/Reacher

Adhesive Acrylic Bin

Haley attaches these clear bins inside her laundry cabinet doors to corral laundry brushes for scrubbing stains.

Adhesive Acrylic Bin
Adhesive Acrylic Bin
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