When Emma and I were planning to extend our house with an added Family Room, it meant creating a passageway through our existing laundry. There was no love lost with the removal of our hideous, 1970’s, asbestos-riddled, pee-stink laundry. But it did mean we’d have to relocate our washer and dryer, which we moved into a nook created by the new Family Room passageway.
(Since we no longer use this door as a way to the back yard, it’s the perfect spot for the laundry baskets and grocery bags to live. On the odd occasion we need to access this side of the house we simply shift the little table.)
At first I wasn’t sure I liked our new laundry being out in the open. It meant all our visitors would have to walk past a basket of dirty clothes on their way through to the Family Room. Plus you have to compete with the noise of the washer and dryer when you’re having a conversation.
Over time however, I’ve grown to really love and appreciate our tiny laundry nook. With a family of five as well as a small business which involves a load of washing at the end of each day, we find ourselves doing 2 or 3 loads every single day. Since the laundry nook is in the centre of the house and open to the Family Room, it’s easy to participate with the kids while they’re playing or help out with homework at the dining table, without needing to leave the room to change the washing over. It also means that the endless chore of folding and sorting washing is done in the heart of our home where I can watch the kids (which is necessary since #3 is a wildling baby who cannot be trusted for a second by herself).
(The “pillar” between the washing machine and the cupboards is where the house used to end. As the two ceiling heights are slightly different, I disguised the discrepancy by adding a shit-load of fancy architraves, cornice and corbels. Nobody notices ceiling height when there’s a corbel in the room.)
Our “laundry trough” ended up being a tiny sink on the wall in the Family Room. As it turns out, having a sink right next to your dining table is incredibly handy. Go figure.
My fears of people seeing our basket of dirty laundry were unfounded. Not a single person has commented on this heneius sight. It’s nice to know my friends aren’t pretentious wankers.
While I do love the look of a beautiful big laundry, I’m thoroughly smitten with the convenience of a centrally located laundry nook. So smitten that I’ve done a round-up of inspiring tiny laundries for you. You’re welcome!
(How sweet is this laundry closet by Cherished Bliss – I especially like how she hung the laundry sign to help hide all the hoses and cords.)
(2 Bees In A Pod installed deep shelves to maximise storage in their laundry closet.)
(I love this laundry nook! It’s in their dining room and they use the laundry bench as a serving area at dinner time. Head over to House Tweaking to see all the before and after pics.)
(Chris Loves Julia turned their powder room in a laundry nook, complete with a tiny little sink.)
So what do you think – are you a fan of the tiny laundry? Would you be happy with a laundry integrated into another room of the house (such as the bathroom or kitchen) or do you have to have a completely separate room for your laundry?
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