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No Laundry Room? 7 Ways to Sneak a Washer/Dryer Into the Kitchen

While a dedicated laundry room is certainly a nice amenity to have, it’s often just not possible because of space constraints. Good thing it’s relatively easy to shimmy a washer and dryer into the kitchen. Here, 7 ways to integrate them into the hardest-working room of your home:

1. Slip them under the counter.

Amy Lindburg San Francisco Kitchen Remodel
Above: A compact washer/dryer set sits behind blue aluminum cabinet doors in Amy Lindburg’s kitchen. Photograph by by Daniel Dent for Remodelista, from Kitchen of the Week: A Glamorous Kitchen in San Francisco, Ikea Hacks Included.

2. Integrate them into a U-layout.

A great place to install a washing machine and dryer—at the bottom a the U-shaped layout. Photograph by Jessica Comingore for Remodelista, from A New England Kitchen by Way of LA.
Above: A great place to install a washing machine and dryer—at the bottom a the U-shaped layout. Photograph by Jessica Comingore for Remodelista, from A New England Kitchen by Way of LA.

3. Go European.

Quiet Studios Mauerpark Studio in Berlin
Above: Many Europeans make due with either a combo washer/dryer or just a washing machine (and opting to air-dry laundry). Photograph courtesy of Quiet Studios, from A Modest, Mostly Vintage Rental in Berlin by Quiet Studios.

4. Stack them up.

 Without a utility room in which to hide the boiler and washer/dryer, the homeowners had to steal space from the kitchen. Photograph by Jonathan Gooch for Remodelista, from Rehab Diary, Part 3: A Small House Overhaul in London, the Big Reveal.
Above: Without a utility room in which to hide the boiler and washer/dryer, the homeowners had to steal space from the kitchen. Photograph by Jonathan Gooch for Remodelista, from Rehab Diary, Part 3: A Small House Overhaul in London, the Big Reveal.

5. Carve out a hidden room.

Haines house kitchen, Melbourne, Carole Whiting design, photo by Jack Shelton.
Above: On a wall of a small kitchen, the architect inserted a small laundry room, concealing it behind a seamless door. Photograph by Jack Shelton, courtesy of Carole Whiting Interior Design, from Before/After: A Space-Enhancing Historic House Remodel in Melbourne.

6. Create a closet.

Solveig Fernlund Laundry Closet by Matthew Williams, Styled by Alexa Hotz for Organized Home
Above: Architect Solveig Fernlund hid a compact and hardworking laundry setup behind floor-to-ceiling doors. Photograph by Matthew Williams and styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista: The Organized Home.

7. Blend them in.

A washer and dryer, both in white, are camouflaged among white Ikea kitchen cabinets. Photograph by Dana Gallagher and styling by Helen Crowther, from Embrace the Bright: A Textile Shop Owner at Home in Brooklyn.
Above: A washer and dryer, both in white, are camouflaged among white Ikea kitchen cabinets. Photograph by Dana Gallagher and styling by Helen Crowther, from Embrace the Bright: A Textile Shop Owner at Home in Brooklyn.

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