Every household needs a laundry space, but if you have a small home, it makes it slightly harder to have one.
This is especially true in condominiums and apartment units. Many of them may only provide a small yard area at the back of the kitchen for your washing machine. Some units may not even have them at all!
This means that homeowners of smaller units will need to find another space as their laundry room. A typical laundry area would have a washing machine, an optional dryer, plenty of cabinet storage for laundry supplies, and a countertop space for ironing.
With a bit of creative arrangement, it’s possible to move your laundry area into the bathroom or your home, and still be able to have cabinet and countertop space.
All you need is some help from a carpenter to create custom-made cabinets, and you’ll be surprised at how compact your laundry area can be.
Here are some examples of “washing machine in the bathroom” ideas that can work for your home:
1. Stack your washer and dryer together
Front-loading units — as opposed to top-loading — give you a full-size washer and dryer option that can be stacked on one another to save space. This is one of the most efficient ways to combine your bathroom and laundry area.
If you want to save even more space, you can also invest in washer-dryer combination machines.
On top of that, you can utilise the top part of your washing machine as a decorative spot.
2. Tuck them next to the sink area
Fit your washer in a dedicated spot next to the sink area, and then install built-in shelves above. This way, you get both a spacious sink area and a laundry together.
Those upper shelves can be used to store towels or laundry essentials, while you can also give your bathroom a refreshing look by painting the border between the sink and washer in yellow.
3. Tuck them below sink countertop
If you currently have a large vanity, all you need to do is give up a little cabinet space to make room for laundry. Now, you have a practical area that doesn’t eat up additional space.
4. Ease them in custom cabinets
Installing built-in cabinets in your bathroom to stash your washer is an efficient way of utilising compact space.
Plus, the cabinets are perfect for tucking away laundry supplies to make the area neater and cosier.
5. Place your washer and dryer side-by-side
Place your washing machine and dryer side-by-side under a countertop.
This way, you can multitask and work on other minor tasks such as ironing and folding while your clothes are being washed.
You can further utilise the countertop space by placing decorative items such as plants and laundry supplies above.
6. Stack washer and dryer together in one corner
Have a small bathroom? Stack your dryer above the washing machine and you can have an efficient laundry nook with only half the space!
Then, you can use the shelves as a storage space for washing detergents, toilet rolls, towels, and other bathroom toiletries.
7. Store your washing machine in built-in cabinets
For a look that’s more cohesive and streamlined, place your washing machine inside a custom cabinet with sliding doors. The doors can be handle-less for a clean and minimalist feel.
8. Conceal it with wooden sliding doors
If minimalist design is not your thing, then this Bali-inspired bathroom design is sure to inspire you. The sliding doors feature a carved wood pattern that matches the rest of the decor and is a great way to hide your washer under the sink area and help to declutter space.
With this design, you are still able to have a spacious countertop space even with a washer under the sink. You may also install light fixtures or decorative items to transform the bathroom look.
11. Squeeze it in small, unused corners
We live in an age where even the smallest of devices or machinery can function without needing much space, thus, freeing up more ideas so that space can be utilised better.
For example, you can squeeze a small washing machine into the unused corner next to your bathtub, and install a built-in shelf above it.
This helps to pack efficiency and functionality in one nook – making it a haven for space-savers.
12. Place them at dedicated corners
If you have a large bathroom, don’t let that all that additional space go to waste!
Place your washing machine and drying machine in a corner. Apart from improving the functionality of your bathroom, they also help to make the overall vibe and design of the bathroom streamlined and cosy.
13. Tuck them at a nice spot
While it’s great to focus on the cosmetics of your bathroom when you want to group your laundry and bathroom together, let’s not forget about the layout aspect as well.
Because the last thing you want is a washing machine interfering with your navigation around the bathroom.
For example, the layout of this bathroom has a right mix of functionality and style; it promotes fluidity while at the same time, it has lots of countertop space so to place your laundry essentials.
There are also plenty of lighting fixtures and reflective mirrors to ensure that the room has a nice, comfortable ambience.