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Integrating a Laundry into Your Bathroom

Last Updated Mar 19, 2012 · Written by Craig Gibson

One of the downsides of apartment living is that space is often at a premium. You are unlikely to have a dedicated laundry, which makes integrating one into your bathroom a necessity. This is especially true if you currently have to make a special trip to a laundromat each time your basket is fit to bursting.

Integrated Bathroom Laundry Considerations

The first step is to determine what your plumbing situation is. Utilising existing plumbing will make the process cost effective and convenient. You will have to call in the services of a registered plumber to handle the installation of any new connections or for the modification of existing piping.

If you want the convenience of a washing machine and dryer then you are likely to be dealing with two rather large boxes. The easiest way of integrating these is to stack them on top of each other. For this you will need front loading machines – getting these from the same manufacturer makes sense as they will be designed with this in mind.

If you are worried about the appearance of your laundry appliances cluttering the aesthetics of your bathroom then there are a few options to consider. If your vanity is large enough a washer can be integrated under this. Alternatively you could screen the offending items with your favourite fabric or hide them in your existing built-ins.

If none of these are workable solutions then consider an all-in-one washer/dryer – for the ultimate in space saving convenience. This could also be wall mounted for further space savings. 
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