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How to allocate space for a washing machine in the bathroom?

How to allocate space for a washing machine in the bathroom?

Our bathrooms, although they are frequently very small, must be multifunctional nonetheless. Quite often, it is not only a place where we relax and take care of our daily hygiene but also one where we do laundry and leave clothes to dry. We prepared some tips on how to plan the layout of the bathroom in such a way, as to make using our washing machine comfortable, while also keeping the room itself aesthetically pleasing.


What do we need to know when placing a washing machine in the bathroom?

The primary factor that we must pay attention to is the location of the electrical sockets and the water source. Our device needs to be set up in a place where it will be easy to it connect to both of them. Afterwards, we can consider how to properly integrate the device into our interior. Proper arrangement of a bathroom is not only about the aesthetics but also the comfort of use. In addition, the washing machine must be placed on a stable surface that will not be damaged by vibrations and potential moisture as well.

Under the countertop

An interesting idea regarding the placement of a washing machine is to make use of the space under a countertop, e.g. an extended washbasin countertop. Thanks to this solution the device can be easily incorporated into the overall design and will not stand out excessively. This will also create additional space for soap or toothbrush containers that can be situated next to a stylish countertop washbasin. There are countertops of various sizes available on the market and as such, we can easily find one that suitable for the particular bathroom and household appliances. Under a countertop that is approximately 140 cm long, we can fit a washing machine that is around 60 cm wide, along with an under-countertop cabinet (60 cm) or an open under-countertop cabinet (20 cm) and a laundry basket. However, it is necessary to leave some free space around the washing machine. The countertop should not touch the appliance, otherwise, the furniture may be damaged during washing. If our bathroom is narrow, we can choose a countertop with a depth of approximately 45 cm, as it will allow us to fit a compact washing machine underneath.

Built-in appliances

If we wish to completely hide the washing machine, we may consider placing it within the furniture itself. A washing machine cabinet that matches the rest of the furniture will create a stylistically consistent bathroom design. And it will save us from thinking about all that laundry that is waiting to be done every time we enter the bathroom. We can choose between a cabinet with traditional doors or folding harmonica-like doors, based on our preferences and the size of the bathroom. Other options include a sliding glass plate that will visually enlarge the room or a stylish curtain. It all depends on the results that we want to achieve. Still, we need to remember that our furniture of choice must be resistant to moisture and that there must be enough space between the washing machine and the furniture itself so as to allow the appliance to work properly.

In a recess

We can also place a washing machine in a recess, provided we are lucky enough to have one in our bathroom. There are devices of various models and sizes available on the market. We will certainly be able to find one that is most suitable for us without too much trouble. We can use the space above the washing machine as an additional storage place for towels, cleaning products or even decorations that will add a bit of elegance to the interior. A good option for filling the space above the washing machine is to install several wall-hung open modules, in a universal oak colour or a capacious wall-hung cabinet, available in white, grey or even blue - for the bold. Our choices depend mostly on the dimensions of the recess, as well as the arrangement variations that it allows. What is important, however, is the fact that in the case of this solution we can utilise both front- and top-loaded washing machines.

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