Bathroom & laundry room combination ideas

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Bathroom & laundry room combination ideas
With a bathroom-laundry room, you'll never have to drag dirty laundry up from the basement again. (plastic basket image by gajatz from Fotolia.com)

For decades, washers and dryers have been relegated to basements and mudrooms, resulting in an inconvenient trek with a heavy laundry basket balanced on the hip. One way to end this is to revamp your bathroom by including a laundry room. This can be done stylishly, without taking up a great deal of space.

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Guest Bathroom Laundry Room

Placing your laundry appliances in a guest bathroom or children's bathroom frees up space in your home. It also helps to keep your home organised by taking care of dirty clothes where they commonly accumulate: in the bathroom. When you are readying your children for bath time, you can throw their clothes right into the washer or a hamper. Or if you opt for the guest bathroom alternative, the unsightly dirty laundry won't interfere with your daily routine.

This solution is ideal because it capitalises on the structure of existing bathrooms. Laundry appliances can be hooked up to the same water supplies as the sink, toilet, shower or bathtub. Flooring options like non-porous, non-slip tile work well for this combined space.

Half Bathroom

Based on your home's layout and space needs, you may want to move your laundry room into a half bathroom. Half baths often have wasted space that can be utilised wisely. Consider stackable washer and dryer units; placing the dryer atop the washer takes up less floor space and utilises precious vertical space. Apartment-size models of washers and dryers are now widely available; consider investing in one of these smaller appliances to save even more space in your bathroom.

Concealed Laundry Area

In some cases, a home desperately needs a laundry room, but you don't want guests---or your family---to have to look at a utilitarian washer and dryer in a frequently used bathroom. One smart solution is to store the laundry appliances in a closet. If you don't have a closet in your bathroom, one can easily be installed by a contractor. Or, if you're handy, you can install one yourself. Tucking away laundry appliances in a closet not only conceals the machinery, but the dirty laundry as well. Install shelving above the appliances to store detergent, dryer sheets, stain removers and even a hamper and laundry basket. Choose a set of doors that matches the style of your bathroom and nobody will know you have an entire laundry area hidden from plain view.

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