Have you been wanting to renovate your main floor to create an open living space, and are trying to figure out what to do with the laundry room? Take a peek as these tips below for suggestions on how to handle the task.
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1. In A Kitchen
Hiding a laundry area in a kitchen is easier than you may think. Here, it’s at the far end of a single-wall kitchen. Space is a priority in this compact home, so it’s vital that every nook and cranny is used to maximum advantage.
Stacking the washer and dryer makes good use of space, while matching cabinetry helps them blend in. A tall cabinet to one side provides storage for laundry items, and a small counter on the other side can be used to sort and fold clothes.
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2. In A Bathroom
Laundries and bathrooms are both wet zones, so it makes sense to combine these rooms when space is tight. To keep from interrupting the calm, relaxing nature of a bathroom, it’s customary to conceal the laundry in some way — in this case, behind bi-fold doors.
The door profile is in keeping with the contemporary style of the bathroom, yet it is simple enough that it doesn’t stand out as a feature. Simple shelves above and drawers to one side allow the homeowners to keep laundry items close by.
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3. In A Hallway
Good planning has created space in this corridor for a side-by-side washer and dryer with hanging racks above. A traditional door that opens out to access the laundry area would not have worked in the narrow hallway, but a sliding barn-style door does the trick. When closed, the door is almost invisible within the architecture of the home, which is just what the owners wanted.
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4. Behind A Bookcase
In this dining room, two bookcases attached to sliding doors hide the laundry area in an alcove. It’s a lovely play on the idea of a secret room behind the library wall panel. Special brackets to support the weight of the books were installed to ensure that the bookshelves moved from side to side evenly.
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5. In A Hidden Space
Many homes have a nook, be it a place to store correspondence or sit for a cup of coffee. Because laundry areas can be designed to be compact, the idea of one in a nook is clever. Here, mesh doors open and slide back into the surrounding cabinetry so that they are out of the way when the laundry is in use.
The mesh doors can be closed while the washer and dryer are in use because air can flow easily through the area without creating condensation inside the cabinet. Since the doors are almost opaque, shutting them hides the functionality of the space.
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6. In A Multi-Purpose Room
Because laundries and bathrooms go so well together, a good approach is to design one large room with both areas inside. Here, the laundry maximizes space, with a stacked washer and dryer, and storage above and below a small laundry sink. On the other side is a bathroom with shower and toilet. The laundry sink doubles as the bathroom basin.
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