Compared to refrigerators and kitchen ranges which are now available in a variety of colours and designs, washing machines available on the market are still mostly an eyesore and have not changed in the last 20 years. It’s not likely that a tenant or guest will compliment your washing machine. That is exactly why these appliances usually end up in the hidden in a cellar or out building, but then again, this may not be possible for everyone, which leads another space as an option: the bathroom, even though they don’t seem 100% suitable for that room either.
Nevertheless, to keep the bathroom looking neat and stylish, we often search for hiding places where these bulky washing machines can be hidden, but before that, one should note some of these points:
First, it should be taken into account that after some time, washing machines may need some repairs or be replaced altogether. In finding the appropriate niche to place it, one should consider the likelihood of it being removed later on with ease. It may sound obvious, but it could pose a problem if there is not enough space for the laundry basket and may cause even more unease for the person in charge of the laundry.
1. Stored inside a bathroom cabinet with sliding doors
To further utilise the space, you could add shelves for extra storage above. This makes the device easy to hide behind the door and readily available when needed.
2. Built-in bathroom solutions
Thus, the machine is clearly in the background and does not ruin the overall vibe and design, as is often the case with less decorative washing machines. This solution is especially suitable for those who are considering buying their first washing machine or for those might need a new one. Anyone who already owns a normal machine must resort to other hiding places.
3. Hidden behind a curtain
If it is placed in an alcove, the curtain can simply be placed above it with the aid of a curtain rod. If it needs to be placed in a corner, the curtain can run from wall to wall across the machine.
Although this solution is not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing, it is still quite cost-efficient and makes the machine disappear from view with little effort. And with a fancy curtain you could even bring a little liveliness into the bathroom as well.
4. Behind tailor-made bathroom shelves
This alternative can also serve as a room divider. Only a few plumbing manufacturers have washing machine cabinets in their assortment which are matched to the selected bathroom equipment. That is why washing machine cabinets are a recommended solution. The individual wash area can also be equipped with shelves, laundry baskets and other useful items.
5. Space-saving laundry area
So, if you are having this kind of trouble and none of the previous solutions are working for you, the best alternative would be to find a space-saving washing machine, most of which have a smaller width, usually between 40 and 50 cm. Normal machines usually have a width of 60 cm.
The drawback with these small washing machines is obviously the fact that you can only load smaller amounts of laundry. The capacity is normally 3 to 4 kg, whereas other machines can hold 6 to 9 kg. For others, however, this could be sufficient; small machines which hold enough washing for a single person are ideal for HMO’s. The amount and frequency in which tenants do laundry, this could be the best solution.
A further drawback is that the machines do not differ greatly in price from conventional machines; therefore, carefully weigh up the pros and cons should you consider this route.
6. Use vertical storage spaces
High shelves help not only to provide more storage space, but also offer legroom to store the washing machine inside the compartment. Care must be taken by ensuring that the shelf can withstand the load of the device. In addition, the washing machine should not be placed too high so that it poses a problem when it comes to loading and unloading laundry.
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