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6 brilliant ideas to hide the washing machine in the bathroom

Homify logo Homify 6 days ago Kamla Villanueva

Compared to refrigerators and kitchen ranges which are now available in a variety of colors and design, the washing machines that we have in the market are still mostly an eye-sore and have not changed in the last 20 years. "Oh, you have a beautiful washing machine", said no one, ever. Which is why it usually ends up in the cellar, but then again, this may not be possible for everyone, so they would most likely to land in the bathroom, even though they do not appear as a suitable figure there either. Nevertheless, to keep the bathroom pleasant, we often search for hiding places where these bulky washing machines could be installed, 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 maybe even replaced. In finding the appropriate niche to place, one should consider the likelihood of it being removed with ease. As for those who own a top loader, you should first measure the lid of its opening so that the machine could be used properly. It may sound cliché but it could pose a problem when there is not enough space for the laundry basket and may cause unease of usage for the person loading the machine.

Stored inside a hidden cabinet

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A good solution is always to put the washing machine in an appropriate niche (if possible) so that it does not takes away too much precious space. However, if you find the sight of having a bulky equipment such as the washing machines too disturbing, then you may consider having a hidden cabinet that could cover it.

To further utilize the space, you could add shelves for extra storage above the the niche. This makes the device easy to hide behind the door and readily available when needed.

Built-in solutions

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A further solution is provided by built-in washing machines. They are made to integrate into existing cabinet systems, seemingly blending in with the overall picture. It is important that there is sufficient space in the bathroom, since there must be additional cabinets aside from the washing machine, into which it is integrated.

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 just starting to buy a washing machine or for those might need a new one. Anyone who already owns a normal machine must resort to other hiding places.

Hidden behind a curtain

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An extremely simple and cost-saving alternative is to hiding the washing machine is by placing it behind curtains. It is best to position it in an already existing niche in the bathroom or, if possible, at the corner.

If it is placed in an alcove, the curtain can be simply placed above it with the aid of a curtain rod. If you have to place it in a corner, the curtain can run from wall to wall across the machine.

This solution is not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing but it is still quite cost-efficient and makes the machine disappear from the field of view with little effort. With a fancy curtain you could bring a little liveliness into the bathroom as well.

Behind tailor-made shelves

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Due to existing water connections, the location of the washing machine is already specified in many bathrooms. Then there is no debating as to where the machine could be placed, regardless of its aesthetics. Here, cabinets from the kitchen range and a cupboard system offer a good solution. So you are able to hit two birds with one stone, for the machine is able to ease in inconspicuously behind the cabinet while still offering additional storage space.

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.

Space saving laundry area

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If you have a small apartment with a layout that is restricting and unfavorable to find a space for the washing machine, then of course, you will need a smaller unit or device which could fit into your home. In many apartments, the connections for the washing machine are also too far from the its water source, whereby one either has to take with an extension hose or a small washing machine to be placed near it. The available space should of course be accurately measured first prior to purchasing the unit.

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 centimeters. "Normal" machines usually have a width of 60 centimeters.

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 kilograms, whereas other machines can hold 6 to 7 kilograms. For others, however, this could be sufficient; if it hold enough for the amount and frequency in which you do the laundry, then this could be the best solution for you.

A further drawback is that the machines does not differ greatly in price from conventional machines so pros and cons in purchasing such a machine should be well considered.

Use vertical storage spaces

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Especially in small bathrooms it is rather problematic to keep the washing machine hidden.

Here, too, there is a good solution by stacking the washer and dryer in a vertical manner. High shelves help not only to provide more storage space, but also provide space 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 that it might be a problem to load and unload it the laundry.

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