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Small space laundry solutions

Jeff Collier
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Posted Mar 24 2023, 04:32

Hello all --- I have a historic property that has been divided into 4 1br/1ba units. I'm trying to find solutions to add laundry into each of the units, and while my contractor and I have discussed a few options, I thought it would be worthwhile to throw it out there to the BP community. We've taken measurements for stackable combo units and all-in-one units - have a few ideas, but nothing that has come to the fore just yet.

Have you added laundry into your remodels for smaller spaces, and if so, how? 

Thanks!

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Replied Mar 24 2023, 08:14

A stacked setup won't work?

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Replied Mar 24 2023, 09:06

Possibly - I'm back and forth between a stacked laundry center and an all-in-one. In either case, some of the units will need some additional build out (and/or demo of existing walls) to create the space. I'm starting to learn toward an all-in-one that can have a butcher block shelf on top for additional functionality.

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Replied Mar 25 2023, 09:39

Have the plumber put in a laundry box. This will eliminate the sink saving space.

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Replied Mar 25 2023, 09:53

A stackable unit.  You can put it in a hall closet (with proper venting) or use part of a large entry closet.  Is there space under a staircase?

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Replied Mar 26 2023, 04:09
Quote from @Theresa Harris:

A stackable unit.  You can put it in a hall closet (with proper venting) or use part of a large entry closet.  Is there space under a staircase?

Unfortunately, none of the hall closets are deep enough (16-18 inches deep at most) - and not enough room in the hall to take up any more space. Definitely using the space under the staircase for one of the units. And actually, two of the units are straightforward (one can go under stairs / the other has two closets in the bedroom, so safe to use one of them for laundry). 

The trouble is that upstairs units don't have any practical spaces - so exploring impractical spaces!

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Replied Mar 26 2023, 05:42
Quote from @Jeff Collier:
Quote from @Theresa Harris:

A stackable unit.  You can put it in a hall closet (with proper venting) or use part of a large entry closet.  Is there space under a staircase?

Unfortunately, none of the hall closets are deep enough (16-18 inches deep at most) - and not enough room in the hall to take up any more space. Definitely using the space under the staircase for one of the units. And actually, two of the units are straightforward (one can go under stairs / the other has two closets in the bedroom, so safe to use one of them for laundry). 

The trouble is that upstairs units don't have any practical spaces - so exploring impractical spaces!


 A place I saw last week took a closet from a bedroom that was next to a hall closet (so closets are side by side, but one opened into the hallway and the other into the bedroom) and turned that into upstairs laundry.  They lost the closest in the bedroom, but this allowed them to put the laundry in.  The laundry was rotated 90 degrees, so rather than opening the closet door in the hall and seeing the front of the laundry machines, you had to walk in the closet and turn left.  Not sure if that makes sense.