Last Updated Dec 7, 2010 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
In some homes, you may not have another choice but to combine the bathroom and laundry into one space. Here is our guide on how to combine the two rooms into one and still make it workable.
The laundry appliances that you choose will make a huge difference. A front loading washing machine is a much better choice than a top loading one as they are smaller, quieter, and can be placed underneath a benchtop. You can put the dryer besides the washing machine under the bench. Alternatively, you can opt for one of the new all-in-one washer and dryers. If you are short on space, stack the washer and dryer on top of each other inside a cupboard, using bi-fold doors to gain access. This means you can't see the laundry aspect when you're not using it.
Also think about whether you need a laundry sink as well as a bathroom sink. Often, the bathroom sink will serve all of your needs. If you do need a separate laundry sink, look for a drop-in trough as they take up less room.
In a combo bath and laundry, you will need to up the ventilation. At the very minimum, ensure that you have an exhaust fan that vents to the outside. Some dryers come with a ducting system to vent the moist air from the dryer to the outside but if you can't vent your dryer to the outside, you'll need to opt for a condenser dryer. These take the water out of the wet clothes and collect it or pipe it into a drain.
Ensure that you can access the two separate components of the room easily. Doors should not be opening onto each other – for example, the shower door banging into an open entrance door or washing machine door. If you are short on space, consider a shower/bath combo to help you maximise the room that you do have. A long benchtop can serve as the main bathroom grooming area and you can also conceal laundry appliances as well as cabinetry underneath. You can even conceal the dirty clothes hamper underneath the long benchtop. Wall mounted cabinets are perfect for storing laundry detergents and cleaning products as well as bathroom necessities.