The task of doing laundry is a fairly simple process, but it can be made all the more problematic if your washer, dryer, and other laundry essentials are in an inconvenient place. Rather than dedicate an entire room for the chore, you can always convert a hallway closet into a laundry closet. Not only will you save space in your home, but you will also make the task into far less of the chore that it already is.
Study Your Closet Space
Since most closets only have so much space, your washer and dryer—ideally designed to fit in small spaces but large enough for a full-sized comforter—will likely need to be stacked. If you have a closet in mind, preferably on the first floor or an upper floor, it should at least be five feet wide by three feet deep and have a four-foot opening. The closet at least must be able to accommodate the size of your washer and dryer. If they are not approved to be installed in compact spaces, you may need a different washer and dryer.
Most installations necessitate a five-inch or more clearance behind the dryer to fit the exhaust vent with an elbow. As well, many dryers require a vent connected to the outdoors and not into an attic, crawl space, or wall. Vent-less dryers gather moisture in a pan, which must be regularly emptied.
Water supply lines, hot and cold, need to feed into the closet space. Tear-resilient steel braided hoses are ideal for preventing leaks, as are recessed washer boxes for avoiding crimpled water supply lines – if you have to call a plumber.
Most of the compact dryers out there are electric, but gas dryers are known for reducing drying time. This distinction is important because a gas or electric dryer determines the line you need. Electric models need electric lines, and gas models require gas lines—call your utility company to install the latter, but electric is likely the simplest option.
For power supply, correctly grounded three-prong receptacles should be close to the appliance power cord—bring on an electrician to either add this or make sure your current supply meets your needs.
Sort Your Space
With the hard part of the way, you need to create a system with your remaining closet space. Ideally, a ventilated, vertical shelving system makes the most of the space you have while keeping the space clean and organized. On your shelving space, you can keep items, such as cleaning supplies and hand towels, separated using wicker baskets or something similar to keep any clutter further organized.
Laundry Tips for Small Spaces
Before starting up a load of your laundry, take note of the following key points:
Preservation. For cutting down on buildup in front-load washer dispenser drawers, use highly efficient bleach, fabric softener, and detergent, all of which could build up in the dispenser drawer if not cleaned regularly. Try removing residue once or twice per month.
Size. When combining small and large items in loads, add the large ones first.
Weight control. With front-load washers, wash items of similar weights together. For instance, avoid mixing delicates with hefty bath towels.
Pillows. Comforters and pillows shouldn’t mix with other kinds of items, so as to avoid off-balance loads.
Keep clean. Clean the drum of a front-load washer monthly. Run a clean cycle using a cup of cleaner, such as Affresh, or bleach to prevent odors.
Bolt down. Should you choose to set your stackable dryer above your washer, you’ll need a stacking kit for safely securing both machines. Some appliances come with the kit, but be sure to check before leaving the store.
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