When you’re short on space or just don’t want a dedicated laundry room, it might not always be easy to find the right place for your washer and dryer.
The good news is you already have the perfect room for them – the bathroom. Since laundry rooms typically need to be placed near a kitchen or bathroom, why not create a secret laundry room right in your bathroom?
Plus, it’s ideal since your dirty laundry is usually tossed in a hamper in or near the bathroom. This means less work to take your dirty laundry to your washer.
Transform A Closet
If you have a closet in your bathroom that’s wide enough for your washer and dryer, transform the closet into a secret laundry room. Yes, you’ll have to give up some storage space, but you could always add some vertical storage elsewhere in your bathroom to make up for it.
If the closet is tall enough, consider adding a rollout shelf between the two machines. Use it to sort clothes, fold clothes and even spot clean those really set in stains.
Of course, you still need a place to store your laundry supplies. If your machines set in far enough into the closet, add baskets to the inside of the door to store detergent, fabric softener, color catchers and any other supplies you need. You can also just store all this inside any bathroom cabinet as well.
Build Special Cabinets
If you don’t have a closet handy, don’t worry. Have custom bathroom cabinets built that match the rest of your bathroom, instead. To anyone who walks in, they just look like standard cabinets. What visitors won’t know is they’re hiding a secret laundry room.
In fact, you can create deeper cabinets that open up into their own mini-room. This allows room for shelves to store laundry supplies. You could even add a rack at the door for items that have to hang to dry versus using the dryer.
Create A Tiny Laundry Room
If you have ample space in your bathroom, actually create a secret laundry room using a divider wall. However, instead of an actual wall, use doors that look like your bathroom cabinet doors. They’ll look like floor-to-ceiling cabinets, but when you open them, they lead into a full room.
Add cabinets above or to the sides of your washer and dryer for extra storage. This is the perfect scenario if you also need to add a rack to hang clothes. To make the most of this, you may want to have cabinets or shelves around the top of the walls and add a rack underneath.
Give Up Cabinet Space
Low on space? Not a problem. You can still create a secret laundry room, but you’ll have to give up some of your cabinet space. If you have cabinets to the sides of your sink, use those for your washer and dryer. Think of it in the same way you add a dishwasher to your kitchen.
Yes, you’ll have to compromise on storage space, but you won’t have to create a dedicated laundry room. Adding tall, thin cabinets is a great way to add some extra storage without taking up much space.
Have A Laundry Island
For large bathrooms, you have quite a few options to create a secret laundry room. One of the more innovative solutions is a laundry island. It works the same way as a kitchen island. You have custom cabinets built that fit in an island in your bathroom. These just so happen to perfectly fit your washer and dryer.
You can add drawers or a cabinet with rollout shelves to the side of the washer and dryer to store all your laundry supplies. You may want to add a tall cabinet somewhere in your bathroom to hang clothes and store your hamper. This solution looks elegant and gives you extra counter space to get ready in the mornings or for a night out.
If you’re not sure how all of these ideas actually look or want to see how they might fit into your bathroom, check out how others have created secret laundry rooms on Pinterest. Bob Vila also has great tips for adding a laundry room to your bathroom and other rooms.
Ready to renovate your bathroom to create a hidden laundry room? Contact us today to see how we can help create custom cabinets to fit your machines.