When contemplating a home improvement project, it’s difficult to feel excited about a room that hosts some of the most mundane tasks, including washing, folding, and ironing clothes.
A European laundry is tucked away inside a cupboard. It’s often hidden behind bi-fold doors that disappear into the wall cavity. Ideally, you can install a European laundry in almost any home space, including the bathroom, kitchen, or hallway.
Investing in a European laundry is an excellent idea when space is limited. The following are various effective methods to incorporate the European laundry into your home.
Before setting up your European laundry, you must consider several aspects, including location, machine layout, ventilation, lighting, and other lighting functions. For a functional, space-saving, and accessible European laundry, consider the following factors.
The washing machine layout.
Depending on the available space, most homeowners choose multiple configurations for their washing machines and driers. For instance, you can stack your appliances if you have limited and narrow spaces.
However, if your home has ample space, you can place your appliances side-by-side for easier access. If you own a washer alone, or a washer-dryer combo unit, work with any available space and utilise the rest for storage.
Additionally, you want to consider ironing space if you require one. A more space-saving alternative is a custom pull-out ironing board.
Consider your room’s ventilation.
Your European laundry will also require proper ventilation to eliminate the risk of mould and odour build-up.
If setting up your Euro laundry against an exterior wall, include a ventilator window and fan to facilitate proper airflow. Otherwise, you might need to design custom ducting and vents to allow efficient airflow.
Think about discreet cupboards.
The best thing about European laundry is that it can fit anywhere. A great way to use limited space is by installing your washing machine or dryer behind a bi-fold door hidden from public view.
You only need to open these doors when using the laundry. This innovative design ensures no one knows your laundry location – it looks like any standard storage cupboard. Ideally, you can use a different colour for the doors to make them stand out.
Go for a butler’s pantry and laundry combo.
If you’re one of those homeowners who love entertaining guests, consider adding a butler’s pantry, a separate kitchen often located behind your door.
Generally, butler’s pantries offer extra space, making them ideal places to install washing machines, driers, and storage.
And because these spaces already have plumbing systems, you’ll use sinks to drain off the washing machine’s water. Eliminate the standalone laundry in favour of the combined butler’s pantry.
Determine the location.
For designated laundry rooms, homeowners can deal with location problems. To make things simpler, pick an ideal space for installing your European laundry if you do not have a laundry room.
This could be in your kitchen so that you can multitask or in your bathroom to avoid the hassle of carrying your laundry halfway across the house. You can even install your European laundry in a spare room you hardly use.
Above all, it’s wise to figure out the most convenient space in your home for setting up your European laundry before commencing renovations. Most importantly, locate your European laundry near your plumbing system for improved efficiency and reduced installation costs.
Designing and implementing a European laundry requires proper planning, patience, and creativity. Discreet cabinets, good fittings, and fixtures can make your European laundry attractive and a place you love spending time in.