Putting the washing machine in the kitchen is a space saving design trend being seen around the world, especially in apartments and small houses.  We have a look at the advantages…

Advantages to having your laundry in the kitchen

  • The kitchen is a ‘wet space’ with lots of other plumbing already installed
  • The flooring is suitable in case of accidental spills or overflows
  • It’s central to your homes layout, so it’s an easy place to get the laundry on while you’re preparing dinner

laundry in the kitchenThere are a few potential drawbacks to having your washing machine and dryer co-exist with your fridge and oven –

  • Noise – having your dryer, washing machine and kitchen appliances all going at once may be noisy
  • It may not be possible to close off your kitchen/laundry from other parts of the house
  • If bench space is at a premium, sharing the newly folded washing with a cake that’s cooling may be problematic
  • Laundry machines may take up precious kitchen storage space

Handy tips for managing your washing in the kitchen

  • Have your washing machine and dryer in a cupboard or behind a curtain so they are out of sight when they’re not being used
  • Try under counter cabinets so they don’t look that different to your other kitchen appliances
  • Only take washing into the kitchen when you’re going to put it straight into the machine
  • Do small loads often to avoid your kitchen being overtaken with washing if you have a designated washing day

laundry in the kitchenWhat do you think of having the kitchen and laundry sharing space with each other?  If you’re unsure whether it’s a good idea for your home, consult a kitchen designer today and share your thoughts below.