Reclaim That Sink Space In Your Laundry Room With TikTok's DIY Folding Table

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Having a laundry room with a built-in sink can be a game-changer, but it's not so great when you run out of room to get your tasks done or put items down. Thankfully, a hack by @onthedailywith.chels shows how you can easily reclaim any unused sink space to get more done with minimal fuss. All you have to do is place a wooden block down and use it as you would a normal countertop. This will make using the space much more efficient and should help you to maximize every square inch of your laundry room. Likewise, this is also an incredibly budget-friendly solution, especially if you decide to upcycle the piece of wood that you use rather than purchasing a brand-new slab.

If you often run out of space in your laundry room while performing chores, then this hack will be just what you need to change things around. Even better, it's also straightforward to put away once you're done, so you can still continue to use your sink as usual — sounds perfect, right? All you have to do is craft a folding table for yourself, and you should be all set.

You'll need a wooden slab for your DIY folding table

For this DIY, you'll need a wooden slab, such as this countertop slab from Lowe's for $20.98, and a saw to make appropriate adjustments. When it comes to the wood, there should be plenty of options that you can purchase from your local hardware store, or you can upcycle an old piece in your home. If you want to purchase one for yourself, make sure it's the correct size beforehand, as you don't want to end up with a piece that's too small for your sink area. 

Once you have your wooden slab on hand, plop it over your sink and plan where you need to cut it, such as around the tap area or any other nooks and crannies. To check that it's the correct shape and size, slide it over the top of your sink until you're happy with the results, ensuring you take your time while cutting so that you can maximize as much space as possible. As a result, you should be able to use it just as if it were a countertop, whether you're organizing your laundry or pet supplies, putting things away, folding clothes, or performing other household chores — all you have to do is plop it over your unused sink. When you finish, you can either leave it in place or stow it away in a cupboard, small nook, or on the side of the sink.

How to customize your DIY folding table

While wood looks great and can help achieve a rustic feel, you can also adapt it to suit your style and interior. For example, you could paint it to match the rest of the room or the color of your current countertops, whether that's in white, gray, blue, or even some bolder colors such as yellow or pink. You may also want to cut out some extra holes or indents on the surface to place items such as jars or to fill with clothespins if you use them. The options are endless. Of course, you can always experiment with different materials too, such as stone, or this bamboo slab from Amazon for $85, provided it's not too heavy and you can maneuver it easily.

The reason this hack works so well is that it helps to cover up your sink with minimal fuss without damaging it. This way, it doubles up your space as both a countertop and a basin area without taking up any extra space, helping you to make the most of your small laundry room. However, when working with your DIY table, you should always keep in mind the weight and try to ensure that it doesn't slip; otherwise, you could hurt yourself or damage your room. Likewise, if it's too heavy, you're going to find it challenging to maneuver it around.