Blog series: Jenna Densten’s tips on renovating a laundry
All homes need a laundry, but not all homes have enough space for one. It needs to be practical, functional and organised regardless of if you’re opting for a small laundry room or a European-style. Consider the design and layout from the outset, so you can maximise the space you have.
Where to put your laundry if there’s no space
A European laundry is a great idea, and it can be incorporated into your kitchen, bathroom or hallway. It’s a great way to save valuable space on a separate laundry that can be completely hidden from the world. This all comes down to the planning stage and where you see your laundry working best for you. Bathrooms can be a perfect place, as your dirty clothes can be thrown straight in the washing. It also allows a barrier as you can close the bathroom door when there’s a cycle going to reduce noise flowing through to the living area.
Consider your cabinetry dimensions
Always consider practicality and functionality, especially if your laundry is hidden behind a cupboard. With the limited space you have, try to incorporate adequate storage and consider what type of washing machine and dryer works for you. Combination washer/dryers may be a great solution for a small space, for example the Bosch 8kg Washing Machine / 4kg Dryer Combo, available at e&s.
You also need to consider the depth of your cupboards to allow for the washer and dryer to fit within the space as they typically won’t fit within a standard 600mm deep cabinet. We’re fortunate to have space in our laundry, so we went with an Asko Front Load Washer and 6.5kg Asko Sensor Condensor Dryer from e&s.
The way your doors open is also another huge consideration, as many washer/dryers require you to leave your door open while the cycle is going. Bi-fold doors can be a great option as they can fold back and take up limited space. If you’re going to wall mount your washer/dryer, be sure to let your builder know so they can add timber ready for you to hang.
To sink, or not to sink
In a small space, and if I’m going with a European laundry, I tend to opt with not adding a sink as the bathroom and kitchen sinks are usually close by. Again, small spaces are all about compromises, and I feel this is the first to go when space is limited.